Summer Grilling

It’s hot and nice out!  This combination is good for what many people call “grilling season!”  After you hit the supermarket for the coals and food, come by the store and pick up the goods.  Not sure what wines work well in the summer?  Fear not!  This article is for you.

Typically, I’d say grab a steak and a Cab.  But who wants to sweat out a big, heavy red?  This brings me to the 2010 Mulderbosch Rose, a gem from South Africa.  Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this fresh-off-the-presses Rose fits the bill perfectly.  Chill it down and be amazed the big body flavor comes through, all the while being refreshingly dry and crisp.  If Rose isn’t your thing, you can always get away with sipping some great Pinot Noir.  Try the David Bruce “DB Select” from Sonoma County.  It’s done very Burgundian in style, with a rich array of cherries and berries that you’ll adore!

Rose
Mulderbosch, South Africa
A to Z, Oregon
Triennes, France
Domaine Houchart, France

Pinot Noir
David Bruce “DB Select,” Sonoma
Valley of the Moon, Sonoma
Block Nine, California
Sonoma Cutrer, Russian River Valley

Now, on to the whites.  You can get ideal wine on the cheap from Portugal called Vinho Verde, which almost perfectly mates with hot summer weather!  We suggest the Aveleda or Casal Garcia, both of which have a lovely crispiness for maximum refreshment.  More mainstream grapes can be had as well, with Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc leading the way.  But when was the last time you actually tasted Chardonnay?  (I’m talking the actual juice, not Chardonnay-flavored oak planks.)  We’ve got some great unoaked Chards that go great with chicken and fish.  Give Les Charmes Macon-Lugny a shot!  Aged only in stainless steel tanks, it is a single vineyard French wine from the lovely Macon region.  Don’t brush it off; it’s pretty inexpensive!

Vinho Verde
Aveleda, Portugal
Casal Garcia, Portugal

Sauvignon Blanc
Seaglass, Santa Barbara
Dry Creek Vineyards Fume, Sonoma
Whitehaven, Marlborough
Starborough, Marlborough

Pinot Grigio
Jermann, Italy
Kris, Italy
St. Michael-Eppan, Italy
King Estate Gris, Oregon

Chardonnay
Les Charmes, France
Kendall-Jackson Avant, California
Ferrari Carano, Sonoma

Riesling
Dr. L, Germany
Konstantin Frank, New York
Red Newt Semi-Dry, New York
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington