If there’s one thing that I am, it’s a wine girl. After a long day, there’s nothing I want more than to pour a bottle of wine in a Stanley and wander around my neighborhood in the sunshine, listening to my fave podcast. So, with the wine walk takeover on TikTok, I literally couldn’t be happier. But as an aisle-walking vet, I am ready to try new bottles and pairings heading into the summer seasons.
Put the bagged wine down, bestie! On the next sunshiney evening, consider pairing your wine walk with a new label. If you are trying to expand your palette for wine or support groups you care about through your purchases, I’m here to give you a guide to the bottles to try this summer. Featuring wine owned by women and BIPOC folks, your next hot-girl walk is a great way to show some support. Plus, all of these wines are under $30 — so, et that corkscrew ready, and put your sneakers on… because we’re trying new wines on our wine walks this summer.
- Wolffer Estate – Summer in a Bottle
Co-owned by Joey Wolfer and her brother Marc, this rosé ($27) is the perfect summer drink. With aromas of tangerine, citrus, peach, and ﬂoral notes, this rosé is known for its iconic bottle, which is sure to look cute on your bar cart.
- McBride Sisters – Black Girl Magic
With tropical flavors like guava and pineapple and the cutest label, this Riesling ($20) is a summer must. This winery is owned by Robin and Andréa, two sisters who were raised across the world from each other and reconnected later in life. Now, they run this vineyard with the hope to close the gender gap within winemaking. A pretty bottle and a mission? An instant add to cart.
- Mermosa – Mersecco
A bubbly white with a crisp dry finish, this wine ($15) is perfect for that coastal summer vibe. Desiree Noisette founded the label after her convincing her husband to sell their house in 2018, so that’s some serious commitment. And it’s less than $20 a bottle. I’m sold.
- The Guily Grape – Peach Mango Bubbly
This fruity fresh bubbly moscato ($28) is perfect for summer, no matter where you are. The black label with gold lettering makes it an adorable edition to your bar cart, and the sweet flavors will make it an easy go-to for summer.
- Barefoot – Sangria
ICYMI, you have probably been sipping this female-owned wine since your 21st birthday: Barefoot is a classic, and this sangria ($7) is the perfect choice with pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus flavors. Pour it over a pitcher of ice, add sliced fruit, and enjoy.
- Mom Juice – Red Blend
You don’t need to be a mom to sip on this fruity red blend ($24). This red blend has aromas of blackberry, plum, and cherry. This female-owned label even recommends pairing it with BBQ, so pop a bottle, throw on some burgers, and sip on this on a relaxing summer evening.
- Avaline Wine – Penedès Tinto
This wine label was founded by Cameron Dias and Katherine Power to create a wine with clean ingredients, all of their wine is made with organic grapes and without additives. This red is a Spanish blend ($30) with notes of strawberry and cherry. Hot take, but I don’t mind celebrity alcohol.
- Margins Wine – Rugged Heart
Founded by Megan Bell, this Santa Cruz Valley-based label is focused on showcasing underrepresented regions and vineyards. They focus on winemaking with organic grapes and minimal additives. This bottle ($32) is a red blend with notes of roses and red fruit. The name comes from Bell reading an antique guide to the area that says the area is only safe for people with “rugged hearts,” because of the harsh climate.