The Best Wine for the Beach
For Sipping on the Shore
A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Western Australia or New Zealand is a crisp and bright match for a day at the beach. This one brings a tart kick of lime, along with fresh blossoms and herbs.
To Pair With Oysters
This bright and citrusy Sauv Blanc is like a spritz of lemon on briny oysters, plus a richness that makes it a great match for any toasty topping.
To Pair With Crab
Chardonnay is a sure-bet white for any feast anchored by crab. A California Chardonnay that brings together rich fruit, a bit of butteriness, and a touch of toasty oak works magic—just make sure it has enough bright, juicy acidity to balance out. This one shines thanks to its fruity mix of apple, pear, citrus, and pineapple layered with floral and exotic spice notes, plus an interesting edge of minerality.
To Pair With Exotic Spices
Seafood doesn’t always have to be paired with white wine; it’s about how you season and cook the seafood, too. If you slather Moroccan spices on pungent salmon, you’re well into Pinot Noir territory.
For Making Mimosas
When your sparkling wine is splashed with juice or topped off with a liqueur, you don’t need the nuances that generally come with a high price tag. But you do need a bottle that’s tasty enough to please the guest who goes rogue and sips it sans additions. Bright apple and citrus flavors plus hints of almond make this pick a great base for a lively spritzer.