Great Summer Sippers

When it comes to patio wines, I want something that’s cool, delicious and doesn’t cost too much. Here are three tasty options for your next patio party and beyond.

JoieFarm 2010 Ros Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

This gorgeous richly hued pink wine is crisp and fresh, with notes of raspberry and sour cherry. Inspiration comes from “the Pinot Noir and Gamay-based ross of the Loire Valley, particularly those of Sancerre and Anjou,” according to the label. Serve chilled, with warm olives, a baguette and a chunk of Dauphin cheese from Janice Beaton Fine Cheese. I did, and it was quite fabulous. $30

Bodegas Palacio Remondo 2011 La Vendimia Rioja, Spain

Yes, a red for a hot day, made by one of my favourite winemakers, Alvaro Palacios. Chill it slightly – slightly – so it’s not overly warm when you drink it. This blend of tempranillo and garnacha (grenache) is medium-bodied and spicy and good to pair with burgers, grilled chicken or a mess of ribs. $25

Ogier 2012 Hritages Ctes du Rhne ros Ctes du Rhne, France

Maybe you can’t go to France this summer. Maybe you can. But this affordable ros will you help you pretend that you are there. Expect a medium-pale pink, with notes of strawberry, red currant and citrus. Pair with warm olives, a roast chicken or anything with goat cheese. $19

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