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Five Perfect Poolside Wines under $20

Five refreshing picks to pair with a day in the sun.


At times we just can’t resist doing a cannonball off the diving board. Couple that with a refreshing splash of wine, and you’ve got yourself an extraordinary sun-kissed summer day.

Here are 5 poolside wines under $20:

Cycles Gladiator, 2015 Central Coast Chardonnay, 13.5%, $11. A tasty wine that’s a steal at this price. The stone fruit makes it a standout, with just the right oak treatment: light. While it’s not complex, it is layered.

Edna Valley, 2015 Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc, 13.7%, $15. Grassy, with notes of grapefruit, lime and mineral. It’s a refreshing quaff, great for the budget-minded.

Sidebar, 2015 Russian River Valley Rosé, 12.5%, $21. This is knockout, a bone dry rosé with aromas and flavors of watermelon, strawberry and mineral. It finishes crisp, with a lingering note of strawberry.

Lindeman’s, 2015 Bin 85 Pinot Grigio, 12.5%, $11. This pinot grigio has bewitching aromas of jasmine and white nectarine. Notes of apple and pear in the mix. Delightful. Finishes crisp.

DeLoach 2014 California Chardonnay, 13.5%, $12. This chardonnay is floral with a kiss of orange blossom and, on the palate, notes of honeydew melon and pear.

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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