I know we all have lots of BBQ and party plans, so here is a list of wines that you’ll need to pick up for all the festivities.
Fresh Starters: It is a celebratory weekend so why not start off with something bubbly? There is no need to break the bank on this either. And sparkling wines are extrememly food friendly. They compliment cheese, salads, and especially fried chicken. (I’m bringing Sparkling wine and Fried Chicken to the beach tonight!)Here are a few suggestions:
Domain Carneros from Sonoma. I love this sparkler for it’s classic French approach. Toasty, with the right size bubbles. And it’s American! Priced about 21.00
Mionetto Prosecco from Italy. Fresh and bright with a nice apple crispness. Price about 10.00
BBQ Wines: Just remember, the bigger the food the bigger the wine. Some BBQ’s will have a range of foods from shell fish to ribs.
Lighter BBQ for grilled fish and chicken: You can go with either white or red here. But the red has to be more of a medium bodied wine so as to not overpower the meal.
William Fevre Chablis from Bordeaux France: I love this wine for it’s elegantmineral and apple flavor. It is made from the chardoanny grape but without the heavy oakiness. It’s always been a hit at many of my seminars.Price about 18.00
Le Crema Chardonnay: For all you big California Chardonnay fans, a BBQ is the perfect time to open them up. The smoke from the grill and the richness of the oaky Chard is a great match. There are too many good California Chards to even start recommending. But I like the La Crema for it’s consistancy and price for serving a big crowd. Priced about 13.00
Montinore Estate Pinot Noir: Again, there are too many wonderful Pinot’s to even pick just one. But I enjoy this Pinot from Oregon when it is chilled nicely and served with grilled salmon. Wonderful! Price about 15.00
Big Boy BBQ Wines: Robust marinades and sweet and spicey sauces require some big wine to accompany. Classic California Cabs work nicely. As do Italian Barbera’s. But my fav is a nice old vine Zinfandel.
J. Lohr Cabernet: Il Divo keeps our house fully stocked with this consistantly rich and fruity cab. Great wine for Burgers and grilled onoins. Price about 14.00
Pio Cesar Barbera: From the Piedmont region of Italy. This smooth wine has balckberry and vanilla and would compliment Steaks and marinades. Price about 18.00
Lodi Zin: We had this at our wine club meeting this week. I loved it so much I grabbed the last 5 bottles that were there! Big sexy and intense in flavor. Perfect with ribs, strong BBQ sauces. Find this one, it’s great! Price about 14.00
Happy Fourth of July friends! Be safe. Be grateful we live in such a wonderful country. Give a toast to our Troops oversea’s.