Wölffer Estate, Rosé Table Wine (Hamptons, New York 2013; $17)
We buy this rosé by the half-case in my house, all summer long. It’s delightful in all the ways you want a rosé to be—fresh, ripe strawberries; crisp and refreshing; dry enough to keep you reaching for the next sip. But more than that, it carries memories for me. We first drank it on a friend’s backyard porch in the Hamptons, over a long, slow weekend filled with lots and lots of real conversation. So for my house, it’s summer in a bottle. And that’s an important thing about wine; the context matters as much as the tasting notes. We can choose from a million rosés under $20. We pick this one not only because it tickles our hearts as well as our palates.

Wölffer Estate, Rosé Table Wine (Hamptons, New York 2013; $17)
We buy this rosé by the half-case in my house, all summer long. It’s delightful in all the ways you want a rosé to be—fresh, ripe strawberries; crisp and refreshing; dry enough to keep you reaching for the next sip. But more than that, it carries memories for me. We first drank it on a friend’s backyard porch in the Hamptons, over a long, slow weekend filled with lots and lots of real conversation. So for my house, it’s summer in a bottle. And that’s an important thing about wine; the context matters as much as the tasting notes. We can choose from a million rosés under $20. We pick this one not only because it tickles our hearts as well as our palates.

Hitachino Nest Beer, Red Rice Ale (Ibaraki, Japan)
Bringing together two of my favorite things: Belgian brewing and the whole line of HItachino beers, by Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery. Stylistically, it’s a strong ale—rich and malty, with 7% booze. But it’s also made with red rice, which adds some sake-like notes (Kuichi began as a sake brewer, in 1823). It ranks right up there with the Hitachino Nest White Ale as among my favorite beers.

Hitachino Nest Beer, Red Rice Ale (Ibaraki, Japan)
Bringing together two of my favorite things: Belgian brewing and the whole line of HItachino beers, by Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery. Stylistically, it’s a strong ale—rich and malty, with 7% booze. But it’s also made with red rice, which adds some sake-like notes (Kuichi began as a sake brewer, in 1823). It ranks right up there with the Hitachino Nest White Ale as among my favorite beers.