Party on Wine Island — plus four other events for wine lovers this summer

Grab a fellow wine fan and start sipping.

Rebel Rebel
Rebel Rebel will throw its first anniversary party on August 17. –Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe

Now that the stiflingly hot and humid part of summer is over (right?), enjoying a glass of wine on an outdoor patio seems like a solid way to spend an afternoon. But could it hurt to kick things up a notch with, say, a party on “Wine Island” or a porrón-pouring contest? If you’re looking for more than just a glass of chardonnay at home, take advantage of these boisterous wine events taking place around the city this summer.

Rosé Garden Party
It wouldn’t be a summer party without rosé, which is why we’re lucky that dbar, a neighborhood hangout in Dorchester, is bringing back its annual Rosé Garden Party. Tickets include pours from over a dozen different bottles, as well as small bites and music on the patio. Curious about what you’re drinking? Wine reps will be around to answer all your pressing rosé questions. (Rosé Garden Party at dbar; 1236 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester; August 7 at 7 p.m.; $55;


Sips with a Somm
If you still need to brush up on your rosé trivia, then consider taking a lesson from advanced sommelier Nick Daddona, of Boston Chops. During Sips with a Somm, Daddona will lead a curious class through a tasting that highlights eight rosés, as well as a few bites to nibble on between sips. Call 617-227-5011 to reserve your spot. (Sips with a Somm at Boston Chops; 1375 Washington St., Boston; August 10 at 4 p.m.; $39;

Rebel Revels
No, that’s not a typo. Rebel Rebel, the raucous natural wine bar that opened in Somerville’s Bow Market in October, is celebrating its one-year anniversary a couple months early with a wine-drenched party dubbed Rebel Revels. Sample dozens of rare and one-off wines during two tasting sessions, enjoy grilled food from Rebel Rebel’s Bow Market friends, and get down to beats from NYC DJ Jules Dressner. The best part? The wine shop is throwing a porrón-pouring contest, where teams of two test their friendship (and aim) as one teammate pours wine from the market’s second floor balcony into another teammate’s mouth. Now that’s a party. (Rebel Revels at Rebel Rebel; 1 Bow Market Way; Somerville; August 17 from 4 p.m.–6 p.m. and 7 p.m.–9 p.m.; $50;


Wine Island
Have you ever been drinking wine with a bunch of friends and thought, “Sure, this is fun, but wouldn’t this be cooler on an island?” Boom, done: Thompson Island will host Boston’s inaugural Wine Island party, an afternoon that features a roundtrip ferry to and from the event site, as well as unlimited samples of vino, live entertainment, a Bellini bar, and more. Make sure you plan your day accordingly — the ferry leaves from Long Wharf promptly at noon. (Wine Island on Thompson Island; Thompson Island, Boston; August 18 from noon–3 p.m.; $229;

Vokel Cellars wine dinner
Sonoma’s famed grapes will take center stage at Bar Boulud in August when Vokel Cellars owner and winemaker Dana von Sternberg teams up with Bar Boulud’s head sommelier Jaimie Puckett and executive chef Brian Arruda for a lavish wine dinner. Guests will begin the evening with a reception featuring canapés and chardonnay, followed by a four-course meal paired with standout Sonoma varietals, like chorizo and clams with a 2015 Russian River Valley pinot noir. (Vokel Cellars at Bar Boulud; 776 Boylston St., Boston; August 22 from 7 p.m.–10 p.m.; $125;