Best part of the summer? Sipping a fabulous sauvignon blanc by the water. Any body of water will do. Worst part of the summer? That fabulous bottle gets warm really quickly.
But there are so many options these days to prevent that from happening, from little coolers to boxed wines.
And Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, the entertaining and lifestyle editors for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, brought a bunch of great beach options.
If you are celebrating an occasion on the beach with friends, or just feel the need to be fancy, the Chandon Sparkling California wine comes with this adorable limited edition Trina Turk ice bucket.
My favorite is a screw top however, especially when you are on the beach. The guys brought a Soave from Italy, as well as the Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Torrentes from Argentina. Fresh and fruity and a mere $15.
And the world of box wine is getting better and better, says Jenssen and DiSimone. They chose the California Rabbit, served in Tetrapack box.
Their Fire Island cookbook has all these great summer recipes (the lobster roll is my favorite) to pair with those wines. But they suggested taking a simple dishes, like the Grilled Chicken with Pesto and instead, cut up the chicken and make pesto chicken salad sandwiches for the beach.
Or throw their Gazpacho in plastic cups and serve as little shooters on the beach
The eating and drinking at the beach no longer has to be Budweiser cans and a bag of chips. And while there is nothing wrong with that, you can take it to the next level very easily if you so desire.