"Drink at, or near pictures of, the beach."
Pinot Grigio. It's the wine equivalent of Taylor Swift, in that it's the number two wine in the country, (for number one singer, Taylor fans, see Beyoncé), it's very popular among young white women, and each of your self-proclaimed wine expert friends living in Bed Stuy hates it because it's "too simple."
So, let's get it started.
1. Sauvignon Blanc:
To me, Sauvignon Blanc is the most natural successor to Pinot Grigio. One can typically expect green apple and melon flavors to abound. Summer and autumn fruits combine with a bit more of a grassy citrus flavor, and a slighter body than in Pinot Grigios. This means that a Sauvignon Blanc will, quite literally, feel lighter in your mouth, than a Pinot Grigio. Think of it as frozen yogurt vs. ice cream. Like the fro-yo, Sauvignon Blanc is lighter, and typically has a tad less sweetness.
Good Pairings: Drink while cooking dinner, at midday summer picnics, or with most foods from the realm of Poseidon (salmon, lobster, hermit crabs, etc).
Riesling can be a divisive grape. For some it will always be too sweet. For others, the german labels can be rather intimidating. But the diversity offered by Riesling, with its dry (feinherb), off-dry (kabinett), and sweet (auslese) categorizations, means it can pair well with oodles of different scenarios. They often contain lighter, delicate fruit flavors, like peach and apricot, but have a strong acidity similar to those of Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.
Good Pairings: Drink with friends while prepping for a party, at, or near pictures of, a beach, or with sautéed chicken and fresh vegetables.
Maybe you're not one for baby steps. You like to drink now, ask questions later. If so, you might just be a potential Gamay drinker. Made famous for being the signature grape behind French Beaujolais, Gamay is about as subtle as Shaquille O'Neil. I view Gamay as an affordable alternative to Pinot Noir, with a punchier fruit flavor. Imagine biting into a cherry/raspberry tart, and because Gamay is best served slightly chilled, throw a scoop of vanilla ice cream into that image. That's tasty.
Good Pairings: Drink while watching a Judd Apatow RomCom, on a porch or balcony after getting home from work,
or with veritable mountain ranges of bread, meats, and cheeses.