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Easy Summer Wines: 7 Toast-Worthy Types to Try

You'll love these picks for Summer Rosé, Chardonnay & more
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Easy Summer Wines on Waiting on Martha

Summer is the time for patio sittin’ and wine sippin’ always and forever.  I’m a big fan of wine in general, and I especially love my easy summer wines.  Extremely drinkable, light, refreshing and cool, all of these wines are sure to become staples in your entertaining arsenal. 

Below, I list my current favorite rosé, chardonnay and other refreshing blends.  By now you know about Whispering Angel, a WOM favorite, so you’ll appreciate a list of additional options. 

So if you’re looking for sippable, easy summer wines to try, look no further.  Hopefully this list helps you discover your new favorite summertime sip!  Truly, MKR

P.S. See our previous list of more patio season wines here. xo 

2016 Summer Water Rosé

Winc, $15

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Quite possibly the best rosé around?!  This is a dry wine that’s perfectly crisp and ideal for summer drinking. The grapes for this Central Coast Grenache and Syrah blend were picked early in the season to achieve an ideal natural acidity. Expect notes of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white peach. 

Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

Exquisite Collection, $8

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So Fortune named this wine one of the best wines of the year and ranked among the best rosés in the world, and it’s only $8, AND it’s sold at Aldi.  Enough said, right?! 

2015 Rosé

Hogwash, $16

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I like to think of this rosé as summertime in a glass. It has a pale salmon-pink color, and a lively nose of watermelon candy, red cherries, red current and rose water. It’s medium bodied, and it has that vibrancy that has you coming back for more.  It also has a great finish that makes it incredibly easy to drink, for everyone.

2014 Overlook Chardonnay

Landmark Vineyards, $15.98

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This wonderful Sonoma wine features notes of Meyer lemon tarte, marzipan, toasted almonds, Asian pear, honeysuckle and a hint of Tahitian vanilla on the nose. On the palate, notes of apricot, clover honey and toast are in perfect balance with zippy acidity and bright minerality.

2016 Arriviste

Blackbird Vineyards, $28

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I can’t get enough of this elegant, salmon-pink colored rosé of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

On the nose, it has a mélange of aromas of strawberry and stone fruit come together with light floral notes. The wine has flavors of blackcurrants, crisp red apple and citrus on the mid-palate, carrying clean minerality and bright acidity on the lingering finish. While the 2016 Napa Valley growing season saw near-optimal conditions, it allowed for an abundance of perfectly-ripe grapes with a smooth balance of acids and sugars, producing this spectacular rosé.

Laurent Reverdy Sancerre

Trader Joe's, $12.99

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Trader Joe’s brings us a really, really good Sauvignon Blanc that’s produced in the Sancerre region in France.  This region is known for its rich, limestone soil, which helps it produce such reputable wines. 

This white wine is crisp and well-balanced, with intense citrus fruit notes, along with hints of peach, pear, and lychee. 

2013 Qupe Marsanne

Santa Ynez, $15.99

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Santa Ynez is magical.  It was actually the first place I’ve ever tasted wine. The Qupe Marsanne is a fresh white wine, with minerals and citrus and that classic peach pit and wet stone character.  It’s medium bodied, and perfectly balanced.

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AERIN x Williams-Sonoma; The 5 Pieces I Just Had To Have

Incorporating this gorgeous new collection into my every day life
Filed Under > "Hostess with the Mostest"

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While I love to highlight the beautiful here on the blog, and nothing gets me like a perfectly set tabletop, I’ll tell you that so much of my life isn’t centered around a formal meal or tablescape.  Rather, in real life, everything seems to happen spur-of-the-moment.  And I think that’s why I love the new AERIN x Williams-Sonoma collection so much; the pieces are perfect for both a sit-down dinner party but fit in just as easily into simple everyday entertaining. 

Truthfully, Aerin had me at ginger jar champagne bucket.  But aside from the obvious ginger jar champagne bucket and tabletop choices like the spectacular blue and white glassware and woven pieces, the collection includes so many giftable finds and home accents that are the perfect combination of classic, modern and feminine.  Think gold scalloped photo frames, floral artwork like this stunning concrete relief on a stand and these framed prints, trinket dishes and so much more.  In fact, perhaps one of my favorite details of so many pieces in the collection is that they come with a pretty box that’s ready to gift.  So if you have a baby shower, bridal shower, engagement party or are still looking for a Mother’s Day gift, you’ll find dozens of gorgeous finds in the collection.  I grabbed a few of her trinket dishes; so lovely and only $35!  

But don’t take my word for it.  TOMORROW at the stunning new Williams-Sonoma store at The Avalon here in Atlanta I’ll be hosting an event celebrating the collection from 7-8:30.  I hope you’ll join me and come out to celebrate the AERIN x Williams-Sonoms home collection for yourself.  I know the pieces will sweep you off your feet too.  Truly, MKR

P.S. Comment below or message me on Instagram if I’ll be seeing you tomorrow night at the store.  Believe me friends, this collection is something you’ll want to get your hands on.  And of course, I’d love to gush over all things blue and white and beautiful with you!  xo

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AERIN Ginger Jar Champagne Bucket

Williams-Sonoma, $159.95

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This is no dinky champagne bucket; this thing can fit 2-3 bottles of wine!  Not only is it absolutely stunning in its design, it’s functional and just the thing you need for a night entertaining al fresco. 

AERIN Potted Floral Arrangement, Rose

Williams-Sonoma, $95

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Aren’t these hand cast porcelain sculptures stunning?!  They’re the perfect accent for a coffee table, desk or bookshelf. 

AERIN White Link Pitcher

Williams-Sonoma, $89.95

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I am such a fan of this earthenware pitcher, with its hand-polished white glaze finish and link detailing. I love using a pitcher like this to display fresh flowers, though it would work wonderfully in a traditional sense, too! 

AERIN Gilded Bamboo Gallery Frame

Williams-Sonoma, $70

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I can never say no to a bamboo motif, so I fell in love with these gallery frames the second I saw them.  The gorgeous gold lacquer is simply timeless and the white matte instantly elevates whatever’s featured inside. 

AERIN Sea Blue Floral Salad Plates

Williams-Sonoma, $51.95

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Blue and white forever, am I right?!  I will always adore a tabletop that has blue and white pattern play.  The AERIN collection is full of beautiful dinnerware designs that can be set apart or together for a truly wonderful effect.  The drinkware, just like the dinnerware, is something to keep in your entertaining arsenal too.  It’s all just so good! 

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

Join Me This Thursday to Debut the All New AERIN x Williams-Sonoma Home Collection

April 20 from 7-8:30 at The Avalon in Atlanta
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Aerin Williams Sonoma Home Collection x Waiting On Martha

Get ready for a big dose of pretty, friends, because the AERIN Williams Sonoma Home Collection has just been released, and it is BEYOND. I recently got a sneak peek at the dinnerware, glassware and decor pieces and can assure you: you’ll fall in love with every. single. piece.  

And because it’s that good, I want to invite you to join me this Thursday night at the brand new Williams-Sonoma, The Avalon here in Atlanta to feast your eyes on all of these gorgeous pieces, and chat all about entertaining tips and tablescape styling ideas!

It’s true that ever since the second that I heard Williams-Sonoma was teaming up with AERIN brand founder Aerin Lauder for an exclusive home and table collection, I have been in anxious anticipation to see it all!  For as long as I can remember, I’ve admired Aerin’s seemingly effortless grace and ability to create beauty in whatever she touches.  And the Aerin Williams Sonoma Collection, as I expected, masterfully captures outdoor entertaining at its best, with inspiration from Palm Springs and a nod to green grass, beautiful blue skies and seas.  The pieces create a playful pattern play that begs for nights al fresco all summer long.  And, you know I can’t ever resist a blue and white tabletop. 

But more on the collection itself; tune back in tomorrow to see how I incorporated a few of her gorgeous pieces into my everyday and in the meantime, mark your calendars for this Thursday night at Williams-Sonoma store at The Avalon.  The event runs from 7-8:30 pm, so don’t feel like you need to stay the whole time…feel free to pop in whenever!  I’m so looking forward to seeing you there! Truly, MKR

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