Summertime is upon us, and with it comes a calendar full of summer聽weddings, BBQs, beach vacations and outdoor dinner parties. The best accompaniment to all these social, warm weather events is an amazing bottle of white wine, natch (not that you can鈥檛 enjoy a few glasses with a good book for company). Choosing the perfect bottle can be a bit overwhelming to those of us who may be a bit vino-illiterate (we know you鈥檝e spent 20 minutes at TJ鈥檚 just staring at all the options), so we enlisted sommelier and owner at聽Barrel Thief Wine Shop and Cafe,聽Booth Hardy, to help us wade through the myriad white wine choices. Here鈥檚 his invaluable guidance on the five whites you鈥檒l be drinking all summer long.

Shot of beautiful young couple enjoying a glass of white wine on an outdoor patio.

1. Patio sipping:聽When you don鈥檛 have to worry about food pairings, Booth聽is a fan of choosing an 鈥渋nteresting wine that will offer a conversation piece when you鈥檙e catching up with friends. I can鈥檛 get enough of mineral-driven crisp whites from the Jacquere grape.鈥 He also suggests looking for French wines from Abymes and Apremont.

2. Backyard BBQ:聽鈥淢ost of my time at BBQs is spent trying not to trip on a child or fall into the fire, so I look for uncomplicated, food-friendly whites that I don鈥檛 need to think about,鈥 Booth says. He prefers crisp acidity and alcohol below 13 percent 鈥 anything with the Arneis grape from Italy鈥檚 Piedmont region is 鈥渄elicately floral and delicious, without taking a lot of brain power to appreciate.鈥

3. Light home-cooked dinner:聽When you鈥檙e looking for a wine to pair with a simple home dinner, Booth鈥檚 biggest tip is to 鈥減air body with body.鈥 For a light plate of flaky fish and bright salad with a Dijon-based vinaigrette, go with a French Sauvignon Blanc that packs a punch of bright citrus flavors that will match the tartness of the dressing.

4. Outdoor wedding:聽If you鈥檙e currently planning your summer wedding鈥檚 menu and are looking for a crowd pleaser that鈥檚 鈥渆asy to order fresh off the dance floor,鈥 Booth suggests an unoaked Chardonnay. 鈥淔ind one that comes from a cool climate like the Loire Valley in France, where the grape鈥檚 freshness and acidity thrive,鈥 he says.

Group Of Female Friends Enjoying Meal At Home Making A Toast With Wine

5. Dinner party:聽To impress your wine-loving friends at your next dinner party without breaking the bank, Booth recommends Muscadet, a wine from the mouth of the Loire River on France鈥檚 west coast. He says the Melon de Bourgogne grape 鈥渃an express its terroir better than most white grapes when grown by talented hands,鈥 so 鈥渂uy six bottles of Muscadet, preferably grown in granite soils, and break them out in a year with the freshest oysters you can find.鈥

With all that said, if you decide to splurge for a more expensive bottle in any of the above instances, Booth has some seriously good advice on how to go about it. 鈥淟ook for a passionate retailer who places as much importance on the everyday bottles as the high-end stuff. They should have a strong opinion based on what you鈥檝e loved in the past and a little info about the discerning palates of your friends,鈥 he says. Happy sipping!

Do you have a favorite white wine recommendation for summer? Tweet us @BritandCo and give us the scoop!