If your summer has been characterized by hoppy IPAs, wheaty hefeweizens, and crisp pilsners, you're on the right track, but you're missing out on a whole different world of warm-weather tipples – namely wine. Indeed, the right wine can not only be as refreshing as a cold craft beer, but also more interesting, complex, and well suited to summertime outings. At $15 a bottle or less, these six wines are perfect for get-togethers, cookouts, picnics, campouts, beach parties, and anywhere else the warm weather takes you and your closest friends.
Vera Vinho Verde
Vinho Verde, slightly bubbly "green wines" from Portugal are well suited to sunny summer affairs filled with picnic foods. This one's particularly light, zingy, minerally, citrusy, and fresh. And when it comes to vinho verdes, younger is actually better – try to find the youngest vintage you can. [$10; veravinhoverde.com]