Do you have a short list of wines that would please everyone at the table?
Malbec from Argentina is a crowd pleaser: It’s fruity enough, but not too earthy. It has the medium body of a Pinot Noir, but without the dryness of a Cabernet Sauvignon. If you want to go with a middle-of-the-road French wine, choose Cotes du Rhone.
What about a white?
I recommend Sauvignon Blanc. It’s fruity, crisp, very dry — not oaky or bitter. With French wines, you’ll want to order Sancerre.
How about rose?
You can’t go wrong with a rose from France — it will always be dry. And don’t overpay. If your rose is expensive, that’s because of marketing: 95% of roses taste the same. In France, rose is table lunch wine. It’s what you drink in the summertime. It’s never something fancy, and it’s not complicated. It’s just rose.
Now that you know how to order wine, keep coming back for a wine-lover’s guide to the summer season. Over the coming months, we’re going to be talking to the insiders at The Restaurant and Bar Collection at Time Warner Center to get their lowdown on summer reds, whites, roses, and everything in between. Cheers!