What to Drink Right Now: Fire Up Your Barbecues!
Memorial Day Weekend is nearly here and for many that means barbecue and a chance to drink some awesome made-for-barbecue wines.
In a perfect world, it would be warm and dry on Memorial Day Weekend. While many believe red is the perfect barbecue wine, with warm weather, chilled whites and rosés are also options. And, if it is hot and sunny, better to let your reds chillout with the whites than have them sitting out and getting over warmed in the sun.
A to Z Wineworks Rosé 2017. If you’re tired of “delicately flavored rosés” this is the rose for you. Big, bold and fruity. Full of ripe strawberry notes it’s the perfect bold rose. This Oregon pink can stand up to barbecue and retails for just under $15.
Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2017. This New Zealand Pinot Gris while dry, is much like a lovely, fruit salad with divine notes of orange and green melon, and pineapple. I love this wine. At under $15? Just do it. Honestly? At the beginning of the summer if you can get a case for a 20% discount, like they offer at most wine stores, buy it to have on hand.
Quick note: Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape. Pinot Grigio wines, many hailing from Italy, are considered to be lighter and drier in style than Alsace Pinot Gris from France. Kim Crawford’s Pinot Gris is from New Zealand and though having a nice body, I didn’t find it particularly heavy. This is a wine Pinot Grigio fans should enjoy.
Van Duzer Pinot Noir 2015. Garnet color. Bright red cherry, and smoke. This Oregon Pinot is light and bright enough for the day. It is on the pricier side at $32, but it has a pretty label, so it would make a nice wine to bring to a friend’s barbecue.
Z. Alexander Brown Pinot Noir 2015 and Proprietary Red Blend 2015. For those country music fans, Zac Brown is another celebrity who has ventured into wine. His strength is definitely in his reds.
Both his Pinot Noir and the red blend are sweet leaning and would stand up to any hearty barbecue fare, as well as compliment any after barbecue s’mores. While each is full of fruit, rich and silky smooth, I found the blend to be a bit more rustic with a little more earth and pepper. Both sell for about $20.
And while we enjoy time with friends and family this weekend, let’s also take the time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.