Top 5 Summer Wines to Drink on a Boat

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It’s a perfect summer day, you’re going out on a gorgeous boat rental, and then the crisis emerges: what are you going to drink?? Have no fear, we have done the work for you. Below are our top 5 wine recommendations for what to drink while sailing this summer.


La vie en rose Bellus wine
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1. What to Drink on a Schooner:

La Vie en Rose, Bellus Wines 2015 

From one-woman powerhouse Jordan Salcito (Beverage Director of Momofuku Group/Founder of Bellus Wines), La Vie En Rose (Life in Pink) is a lovely rosé made from a blend of Counoise, Zinfandel, Petit Sirah, Syrah and others from the Eagle Point Vineyard in Mendocino, California.  It is produced without chemical herbicides, pesticides or fungicides.  This complex still rosé is an excellent food wine to drink on a sunset sail on a yacht dining with your friends.

Price range: <$50/bottle

kermit lynch wine
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2. What to Drink on a Cabin Cruiser:

“La Dilettante”, Vouvray Brut NV, Catherine & Pierre Breton

If you love Champagne, but find it too expensive, this sparkling wine from Catherine Breton is a perfect alternative to drink on a warm summer day, feet dangling in the water.  Made with 100% Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley in France, this sparkling Vouvray is dry and crisp, with intense minerality and delicate floral notes. Try it with some Baked Camembert with herbs and honey.

Price range: <$50/bottle

la gitana wine
Image: Bodegas Hildalgo La Gitana
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3. What to Drink on a Hinckley:

Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla

La Gitana is the most famous Manzanilla in the world, a type of sherry made in the town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain.  Great with tapas, cheese, or just as an aperitif on an early sail on your Hinckley, this dry sherry is nutty, savory, briny and deeply complex.

Price range: <$50/bottle

sohm kracher lion wine
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4. What to Drink on a Sailing Sloop

Sohm & Kracher Gruner Veltliner ‘Lion’ 2014

The Sohm & Kracher “Lion” is a collaboration from one of Austria’s most famous exports, Aldo Sohm, and the country’s leading sweet winemaker Gerhard Kracher.  This Gruner Veltliner is produced in the Weinviertel, Austria, in stainless steel tanks, and is fresh and crisp, yet rich enough to withstand heavier dishes.  Climb aboard that sail boat and make sure you bring enough wine!  

Price range: <$50/bottle

bandol rouge wine
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5. What to Drink on a Power Catamaran

Bandol Rouge, Domaine de Terrebrune 2011

For die-hard red wine drinkers, this Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache-blend comes from Provence, the geographical embodiment of summer. Bandol has been growing grapes for 2,500 years, making it one of the oldest vineyards in France. Although this is a fuller-bodied red with herbaceous, gamey notes, many Provençal locals drink it chilled, a perfect complement to lamb chops or grilled meats on board that powerboat.

Price range: <$50/bottle

Escape the heat and the crowds and enjoy a glass of wine out on water. Contact us today to explore your boat rental options!