Time For Wine on the Patio

Living in Canada, we have distinct seasons, the longest of which, unfortunately, is winter.  So, when spring has stepped aside to allow us to enjoy the long warm days of summer, we are ready to squeeze out every last drop of sunshine and happiness! Time for Wine on the Patio! Much of this time is spent on the patio.

Win on the Patio

Wine On The Patio

It is time to put away the hearty, rich red wines that can feel heavy and overbearing as the temperature rises, particularly if you are outdoors.

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Along with this comes the opportunity to spend time outdoors as much as possible.  Wh

ether you are entertaining at home, at your favourite patio lounge, or heading to a park or beach, there are some wines that are favoured over others.

It goes without saying that you would serve a wine on the patio that is chilled.


It would likely be a light fresh  young white wine.  At this time, I feel like something lively in acidity and favouring the citrus scent and taste.  You want to stay away from the oaky big bold wines that you enjoy indoors.  Choose a wine that makes you feel lighter and compliments the warmer weather.

I also like mine on the sweeter side.  I would lean towards crisp white wines.  Some examples are a  Sauvignon Blanc, Vino Verde, Chenin Blanc, Riesling and Moscato.  I will also throw in a Shiraz.





The summer season is a great time to bring out the bubbly.  The obvious choice would be a Champagne, which is great, but you might want to be conscious of the price.

There are other sparkling wines made around the world.  These sparkling wines can be a delight to drink, and typically much more affordable.   These would include Prosecco, Lambrusco and a Cava.



Wine on the Patio rose


A nice Rose´ can be lovely during summer.  Many people avoid Rose´s because they have been equated with syrupy sweetness.  Not all Rose´s are like that.  The wine maker reduces the amount of time the grape skins are in contact with the juice of the grape.  This reduces the intensity, which is found in red wine.  This also accounts for the pink colour.  A rose´is good with or without food.

If you are entertaining friends, the food you serve is wide open.  If it is an afternoon with the girls, you might want to serve a lighter fare, including a variety of cheeses, some French bread, your favourite crackers, some nuts, and a platter of vegetables and dip.

If it is a full meal, it is recommended that you get creative with your BBQ or grill.

Try to do as much as you can ahead of time, so you can have more time to enjoy your guests an whichever wine you have selected.  You can even make it a potluck!

Wine Spritzers  and Sangria

Some time you may want to change up the way your serve a beverage while outdoors.  By making a wine spritzer,  you can have an interesting flavour with a reduced alcohol content.

A Wine Spritzer originally was  ¾ of a glass of super chilled wine, with ¼ of a glass of club soda, and a slice of lime.  These have evolved to be in as many flavours as any person can imagine. Serve in your favourite highball glasses or a wine glass.  An example of a recipe is below.

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¾   Glass White Wine  (chilled)

¼ Glass Lemonade

Twist of Lemon

Pomegranate and Ginger Spritzer

¾  Glass of White WinePomegranate-ginger-spritzer

¼ Glass of Pomegranate Juice

Thin slice of ginger

1 wedge of lemon



Sangria is a concoction that is mixed in a large sangria jug.  It usually contains a variety of cut up fresh fruit, which is immersed in the jug.  This fruit may be decorative, as it pours into ones’ glass.  The fruit to use typically corresponds to the flavours that dominate the recipe. Use a tumbler style glass.  To make the drink pretty, put a couple  of pieces of fruit  from the sangria jug into each glass.  This makes for a yummy surprise at the end of the drink. When making sangria, it is difficult to make a mistake!

Often, a sangria can have a large amount of alcohol, yet have a wonderful flavour.  Be careful!

White Sangria Recipe

1 bottle of white wine (Pinot Gris)

3 cups vanilla vodka

Fruit cut to bite size:

2 green apples

1 lemon

1 orange

1 nectarine

2 cups strawberries

½ cup simple syrup

Chill 3 to 4 hours

Just before serving: Add 1 can of club soda or Sprite (or to taste)

Add Peach liqueur if you like.

Some people will freeze left over wine into ice cubes, for an added splash of colour and flavour.

The Setting for Wine On The Patio

When entertaining out on the patio or deck, be sure to bring out your comfy sun chairs and prettiest wine glasses so you can relax and enjoy the summer.   Make sure you have enough seating, so that everyone is comfortable.

Wine on the patio

Another variation of a summer activity is having a fire.  This can be a stand alone activity, or a continuation of the days activities.  sitting around the fire pit, drinking wine and telling stories, are memorable activities.  Add in some marsh mellow roasting or building s’mores on a hot summer evening, what more could you ask for!


If you have any questions or comments, I welcome them below.Judy




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  1. sandra

    June 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I love drinking wine outside on the patio! I have a rooftop patio and enjoy being out there when the weather is right. I will have to try your Sangria recipe. I never thought of adding vanilla vodka.

    1. Judith

      June 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Enjoy the Sangria!

  2. James

    June 21, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    The pomegranate and ginger looks very tasty and refreshing. You have got the setting spot on as well, you have basically described my inlaws holiday home in the south of France.

    1. Judith

      June 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you for the comment. OOO LaLa, the South of France, I envy you!

  3. Craig

    June 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Great article and great breakdown on all of the solid wine options for summertime! One question, if I am having a bunch of people over I often find that people’s glasses get mixed up when they set them down to chat or something. I don’t particularly love wine charms. Are there any other thoughts that come to mind to make it easy for people to keep hold of the same glass?

    1. Judith

      June 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you for the comment. Actually, there are several alternate ways to mark wine glasses, but most of them take some prep. One way is to buy cheap wine glasses, and dip the bace in chalkboard paint. Do this a fews days before your event. When your guests arrive, they get chalk to write their name on the base of the glass. If you want to get really fancy, you can purchase wine glasses with animal names etched on them. Upon arrival, each guest selects an animal which they will be for the rest of the event.

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