Grilling out is one of the fun activities of summer. The delicious aromas of a barbecue undeniably remind you that its the season to cook outdoors. Whether dining indoors or enjoying your meal outside, whatever foods you prepare will go great with one of my wonderful wine summer selections.
Veal, Chicken, Pork
Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blancs, and Zifandels go great with grilled chicken, veal or pork.
Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay– Sonoma County, California, $14
The ingredients of this fabulous wine will indeed remind you of the summer season. When you lift up a glass you will taste tropical flavors like mango, papaya, and pineapple with citrus notes and a hint of oak. Exquisite, not to mention this is my favorite chard. Got to the website and purchase a bottle of the Rachel Alexandra Wine, a 2007 limited Pinot Noir created in honor of the fabulous filly race horse who beat all the boys at the Preakness. Click here.
Estancia Monterey Pinot Noir 2007- Soledad, California, $15
With it’s whole berry taste this is a definite crowd pleaser. I like to promote wines from the U.S. and California has some of the best. The flavor is full of blackberries, cherries and plums balanced with a rich creamy vanilla. Go to website here.
2009 Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc-Oakville, Napa Valley, California, $17.99
This is another California wine I consider a delicious white that bursts with flavor. Enjoy the fruitiness of melon and citrus as it goes down well with your favorite summer chic recipe.
La Crema Pinot Noir (2008)– Sonoma Coast, California, $24
You will discover this is an “easy-going,” soft and palatable wine. Recently released, it boasts rich cherry notes, sweet tobacco, and orange peel tones. It has a lovely balance with sturdy tannins. A sure hit.
Du MOL Chardonnay Russian River Valley, 2008– Russian River Valley, California, $66
Here’s another of my favorites. Oozing with richness and elegance, the flavors of baked apple, peach tart, and lemon with a hint of nutmeg cannot be missed when you take a sip. Nice.
Meats and Steaks
Serve Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons, Pinot Noirs, and other reds for grilled meats and steaks.
2004 St. Francis Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon– California, $20
Ripe, succulent cherries embody the great quality of this red wine. Brings out the flavor of the food. Go here.
Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2007-Tuscany, Italy, $30-$50
Savor the aromas of dried cherries, plums, and blueberries with a dark chocolate hint. Doesn’t it sound good? Tastes good, too. Full bodied and fruity, this Tuscany red wine is a winner.
Blue Grove Hill Merlot (2007 and 2008)- South Africa, $18.99
Near Capetown the Capaia Vineyards produce a delightful Merlot aged in French oak barriques and allowed to mature for 10 months. I included this selection to celebrate the World Cup of Soccer being played in South Africa.
Opera Prima Merlot 2008– La Mancha, Spain, $8.99
Don’t let the price fool you. Spain’s La Mancha region creates and produces some very nice quality wines for less money. I couldn’t believe the depth of flavor when I tasted this little gem with its violet tones and fruity aroma. Taste the blackberry and raspberry flavors. Try the Tempranillo, too. Definitely a fantastic bargain. Bravo!
Zaca Mesa 2004 Cuvee– Santa Ynez Valley, California, $18
This red consists of Grenache, with part of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Cinsault, combined with raspberry, blackberry and fruity flavors that stand out. Pick up the sweet vanilla, cherry flavors and a hint of strawberries on the nose.
Roses for Summer Paired With Fresh Salads, Sandwiches, and Cheeses
Looking for light fare? Picnic and party with these rose selections on hot summery days.
Unti Rose 2009– Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California, $17
A dry rose from one of the leading rose-producing vineyards. Flavors of watermelon and cranberry will refresh you.
Lasseter Estate Rose 2009– Glen Ellen, California, $22
Blending GSM (Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre), this California rose has a supple texture that can also be paired with shellfish, poultry, and pork. The taste is light and refreshing. The finish is long and lingering.
De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Rose, France, $12.99
A nice bubbly, effervescent wine that is bright and aromatic with nice acidity and aromas of fresh fruit. Excellent with salads and cheese, especially Brie. It’s also a nice little bargain.
Finding a flavorful wine is like buying a pair of shoes–it all depends on personal taste. There are many wines to chose from so start tasting and testing while you are grilling up your favorite summer recipes.
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