The Right Wine To Pair With Your Most Dreaded Summer Chores

Stifle your gripes with (fermented) grapes.

Wine + Chore Pairings
Nicole Pivirotto

Chores suck. Wine is delicious. So, you should absolutely make life better by pairing your dreaded to-do list with booze. Here, nine pairings from master of wine Nicholas Paris that might actually make washing your windows fun.

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Summer Chore & Wine Pairings
Nicole Pivirotto

Here's everything you need to know at a glance. Scroll down to get the full details — and where to buy that drank. You've earned it.

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Cleaning the Windows + Prosecco
E&J Gallo Winery

If you want sparkling windows, you need a sparkling wine. Nothing will inspire you to polish those panes like the bright and light notes that comes in a glass of prosecco.

Recommendation: La Marca Prosecco.

La Marca Prosecco; $14

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Washing the Car + Pinot Grigio
E&J Gallo Winery

Perfect for summer, Pinot Grigio goes with just about any outdoor activity. Even scrubbing down your pollen-dusted SUV.

Recommendation: Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio.

Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio; $11

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Cleaning Patio Furniture + Chardonnay
E&J Gallo Winery

Chardonnay is a good choice for sitting on your patio or cleaning it, TBH. Plus, its notes of minerality are a nice complement to the metallic scent of your local sewer water as you hose off your outdoor furniture.

Recommendation: Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay.

Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay; $13

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Watering Your Plants + Rosé
E&J Gallo Winery

Great in hot weather, rosé will pair perfectly with the floral notes you’ll be smelling as you whisper your go-to mantra to your perennials, "Please don't die, please don't die, please don't die."

Recommendation: Dark Horse Rosé

Dark Horse Rosé; $10

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Cleaning the Grill + Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine + Chore Pairings
Hearst Digital Media

The scent of your last cookout will pair nicely with Cabernet Sauvignon. Pro tip: This wine is ideal while cleaning the grill and barbecuing on it.

Recommendation: Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet


Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet; $16

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Airdrying Laundry + Albariño
Wine + Chore Pairings
Hearst Digital Media

Whatever you do, avoid red wine when handling laundry. Instead, go with a crisp white wine that’ll taste as good as your linens should smell.

Recommendation: Martin Codax Albariño


Martin Codax Albariño; $14

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Cleaning the Pool + Canned Sangria
Wine + Chore Pairings
Hearst Digital Media

You don’t want to get glass anywhere, so a light can of sangria with lower-alcohol is a delicious – and safe – option.

Recommendation: Barefoot Sangria Spritzer Cans


Barefoot Sangria Spritzer Cans; $5

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Washing the Dog + Boxed Red Wine
E&J Gallo Winery

A practical choice to avoid any potential messes, boxed pinot noir is the move here.

Recommendation: Vin Vault Pinot Noir

Vin Vault Pinot Noir, 3 liters; price varies

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Planting Flowers + Sauvignon Blanc
E&J Gallo Winery

Enjoy a cold glass of sauvignon blanc with this chore. It’ll pair with that fresh-cut grass smell, trust.

Recommendation: Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc; $17

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