Seven wines to help you sip through summer each day of the week

June 3, 2019

This paid piece is sponsored by Wine Time on Main.

Whether you’re relaxing on the patio or cooling off inside the gorgeous wine bar, Wine Time on Main is your place to sip your way through summer.

With about 180 wines by the glass – and new additions featured for the season – there truly is an option for every taste, occasion and budget.

So head downtown to Washington Square, and take owner Bob Novak’s expert advice to match you with the ideal wine for each day you visit.


Novak recommends a new addition to the menu to kick off your week. It’s a Marc Bredif Vouvray. Never heard of it? You need to try this.

Hailing from Vouvray, France, it’s a white grape “that’s a little lighter than a Sauvignon Blanc and very crisp,” Novak said.

This wine is ideal for patio days by the way. And you’ll feel like it’s nothing close to a Monday.


Anyone else think Tuesday is a day for tackling the tough stuff at work? Well, that’s why you need to end your day with this.

It’s a Saint Helena Winery 2012 Estate Cabernet, “so it’s an amazing bottle,” Novak said. “It’s a super big Cab that’s very fruit-forward with blackberries and plums and hints of black licorice and orange zest.”

You can even meet the winemakers when they visit Wine Time on Tuesday, June 4. Click here to learn more.

Even better? Tuesday is half-price wine day at Wine Time, so you also can choose from select bottles and score a great deal.


Wine Time picked midweek for one of its most fun offerings: Flight Night. Stop in Wednesday, and select from four different flights, or create your own.

For summer, we like the white flight, featuring a Chardonnay, white blend and Gewurztraminer.

Or if you’re a devoted red wine drinker, try the light red flight with a specially selected Pinot Noir, Merlot and Meritage.


The weekend is in sight, and you should meet it with a Jayson by Pahlmeyer 2016 Meritage.

This Napa Valley creation delivers flavors of black cherry and black currant that are silky and opulently styled.

“That’s exactly what it is,” Novak said. “It is the baby brother to the Pahlmeyer red blend that is sometimes tougher, so it’s perfect for a Thursday.”


You’ve made it to Friday, so why stop at one glass?

“I would definitely start the weekend with a champagne, and we have a new one that’s just rolling out – the Domaines Rothschild,” Novak said.

“It’s crisp, a little bit dry, but it would even pair well with buttered popcorn and macaroni and cheese.”

His other choice: A French Pinot Noir Drouhin Cote de Beaune from Burgundy.

“In Burgundy, they only grow two grapes, and if it’s red, it’s Pinot,” Novak said. “This wine is earthy, minerally, with a hint of bright red cherry and very mild tannins. Some people thing Pinot is very tannic, and this one is really mild.”

Plus, it goes perfectly with a Wine Time cheese and charcuterie tray. You might find you’ve made this your evening meal!


Whether you’re on your way to dinner or a show or winding down an evening out, enjoy a glass of the Anderson Conn Valley Eloge.

This red blend delivers notes of blackberry jam, savory herbs and licorice.

“I like the fact that it’s so easy to drink,” Novak said. “People who don’t typically like red wine will fall in love with this one right away.”


Sundays are meant to relax and recharge, so what better than to do so with a Rose? The Wine Time spring/summer menu offers several outstanding choices, but we had to pick one.

So Novak went with the 2018 Chateau des Annibals.

“It’s a New Zealand Rose, and it’s super good,” he said. “It’s a good patio wine and a great value.”

Stop by Wine Time every day beginning at 3 p.m., and don’t forget there’s free covered parking at Washington Square! Level one opens for Wine Time customers at 3 p.m. weekdays, levels 2 and 3 open at 5 p.m., and all spaces are open weekends.

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Seven wines to help you sip through summer each day of the week

Whether you’re relaxing on the patio or cooling off inside the gorgeous wine bar, Wine Time on Main is your place to sip your way through summer.

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