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Five Summer Wines for Cougars

Calling all cougars: It may not be high season, but there's no shortage of women on the prowl in these parts. Here's our list of wines we've noticed among your favorite sips. And if you really want to coug it up, you may get a little crazy and add ice. See something new to you? Not to worry. You won't have to shop far to find them.

​​​​1. Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvee. Cava, Prosecco, and Cali sparklers are the stylish ladies' go-tos that show they subscribe to Bon App and know a little something about food and wine (or rather what was trendy five years ago). The most exotic of the three, this cava -- the name translates to "a state of perfect bliss" -- exudes notes of honey, melon, and, um, nuts.

2. Rombauer Chardonnay. Here's a relatively pricey, oaky Chardonnay for sugar mommas and rich bitches who choose wines like their men: big. (Tie: Kendall Jackson Chardonnay. It's for cougars who consider CVS the local wine shop and -- like those lovable flannel-wearing hipsters -- are nostalgic for all things retro: in particular, their '90s heyday.)


​3. Beringer White Zinfandel. Here's the original (American) redneck rose that's only a step away from Boone's Farm. A cougar drinking this one may not have a full set of teeth.

​4. Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio. Suburban singles looking for something not quite as big as a Chard may lean toward Ecco Domani. This pinot is the color of straw and so dry that it tastes like it (with a hint of pineapple, of course).

​5. Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc. New Zealand flinty versions of Sauvignon Blanc are touted for shellfish pairings. Cougars go for the more citrus-y grapefruit notes and dry finish in this selection made from the grape that's known in Napa simply as "SB."

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