So apparently “porch wine” is a thing. Who knew?

“The idea behind porch wines (behind most wine, in fact) is to enjoy yourself, and not to impress someone,” according to Jeff Siegel, who blogs as the Wine Curmudgeon.

He describes porch wines as “lighter wines, red and white, that can be served cool, or even colder, and offer relief from the heat. The idea with a porch wine is to drink something that won’t make the sweat bead on your forehead.”

Here is a far-from-comprehensive survey of some other thoughts on porch wine.

  • B.C.’s Backyard Vineyards offers a port style fortified wine, NV Porch, “Best consumed watching the sunset from your backyard porch.”
  • Napa’s Hendry Winery offers a Screen Porch White. That sounds like it’s getting a little fancy.
  • The Fiesta Winery in Texas has its  “Back Porch Sittin’.”
  • Sutter Home offers a Back Porch Martini made with white Zinfandel and watermelon juice. (Sounds appalling to me, but then I’m more of a gin Martini man.)

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2 thoughts on “So apparently “porch wine” is a thing. Who knew?”

  1. I agree with Jeff Seigel’s general description of “porch wines” but would go further. Since most wine is made to go with food, and sitting on the porch tends to be before or after a meal, look for wines than can best be enjoyed without food. Ontario Riesling would be my go to porch wine. Styles range from sweet & fruity to bone dry, acidic, and even with hints of a petrol on the nose. Any of these styles work very well on the porch without food! (They also go very well with many foods!) Another style popular from Ontario wineries because they are made so well are Rosé wines. Dry styles, often made from Cabernet Franc wines go great with food, but are also very yummy on their own! Rosés in Ontario are made from just about any grape you can imagine, and in all range of styles (from sweet to dry) and they are all great on their own. Don’t judge these wines by the Pink Zinfandel you tried years ago. (totally different wine) Well made Rosé can be a very sophisticated wine, great on its own, or with food.

    You can’t overlook reds on the porch either. While “big” heavy duty reds cry out for food, there are many lighter ones that are more than happy to be drank on their own. Ontario Gamay would be my first choice in a red wine on the porch. Some Gamays in Ontario are so well made they can be mistaken for a Pinot Noir, but that’s okay, because I can be found on the porch drinking an Ontario Pinot as well.

    In all these cases, I prefer not to chill my wines very much. Too cold and the aromas will be muted. So just chill enough to help them from getting too warm if its hot out, and just enough to be refreshing. But don’t expect any wine to quench your thirst. They actually do the opposite! A glass of ice water next to your wine glass is the answer. Drinking lots of water also helps fend off the effects of alcohol while you are imbibing.

    An exception to the above suggestions, is enjoying that last glass of a heavy duty red from Ontario, such as a blend of the Bordeaux classics like Cabernets and Merlot. Or a maybe a Syrah. After a great meal there is nothing better than pouring that last amount from the bottle and taking it outside to be enjoyed on its own. Often these “full bodied” wines take a long time to smooth out after opening, and the best glass of all is often the last one, after its been open for awhile! (That’s one reason to decant, its helps speed up this process).

    There are also several wineries that make a “port style” wine that are, of course, meant for the porch.

    Expect to spend around $16 and up for the reliably great wines from Ontario that go well on your porch. However if you need something less expensive just for the porch, almost every winery in Ontario makes good wines that are usually blends of several grapes, and made in very light styles which make them perfect for the porch. These often have whimsical names and have been referred to as “lifestyle” wines because they are marketed at a younger crowd that isn’t necessarily pairing it with food. However, this often means a perfect wine for the porch!

    In the end, choosing the “correct wine” for the porch (or a meal), is not the point. The best wines are always because of the people you are with, the food shared, the occasion, the place. Experiment, have fun!

    Hit me up on twitter ( @Ontario_Wines ) if you’d like some specific winery suggestions.

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