Summertime is the best time to catch up on your tan, relax and brush up on your game-playing skills. Poolside, beachside or late night barbequing, here are some of our wine time favorites.

Fellow wine-lovers, there's a game out there that you can be obnoxiously good at it by wielding your wine knowledge and showing Little Miss Scrabble a thing or two. From wine-themed editions of classics to entirely novel ideas that actually incorporate wine into the game, you’ll be winning and wining with these incredible options.

Wineopoly

I like to think “Wineopoly” happened because someone out there got tired of his financier brother always taking the cake at the original, so he got wise and created this much more fun alternative. While this game sounds casual, it actually incorporates lots of elements unique to the wine industry, such as taxes and serving etiquette.

With adorable wine-themed metal pieces and game play that includes everything from cheese pairing to a CHEERS (this game’s version of GO) square, you might not mind spending hours playing this one out. But don’t underestimate the need to brush up on some wine trivia; vinial knowledge is power in this fun twist on an old favorite.

Read Between the Wines

Billed as a game of “wine, wit, and wordplay,” this game is tailor made for wine lovers with a trained tongue and a flair for puns. Read Between the Wines asks players to sample wine and write creative and humorous descriptions in a laughter-filled wine critiquing party game. Every round involves a new wine and a new theme, so invite your best friends over for a BYOW board game night, and see who can hold their wine and their wit. In addition to having a blast, friends will get to try new wines together—our preferred bonding experience.

Viticulture

For those people who like Risk, Stratego and other games that are better suited for MENSA minds, you might find that Viticulture is a worthwhile endeavor. Hearkening back to the old country, you’ll claim land, labor and major stakes in the wine economy as you strive to build the best winery in Italy. Offering various expansion packs, you’ll be able to constantly diversify play and face new challenges modeled after those that real vineyards experience as they enter the market.

Wine Wars

Learning about wines will never be a trivial pursuit in our book, and this game proves as much. For wine geeks and casual enthusiasts alike, this trivia game tests a breadth of wine knowledge, including growing, serving and wine in pop culture. Even if your knowledge is limited, this easy to play game is a great way to learn new facts while having fun. Answer trivia questions correctly and fill up your card to take the crown!

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