So the 4th of July weekend is upon us and now it's time to add the finishing touches to your shopping list. Whether you are grilling, BBQ-ing, cooking in, or ordering out, these are some sure-fire picks to please all palates.
We are going to start off with a couple of good rosé wines. Now you have to have a sparkling choice, since it is a holiday. And for that I choose the Mionetto "il" Rose NV ($9.99) sparkling wine from northeastern Italy. It has a great nose full of raspberry, along with minerality, bing cherry, and light crisp bubbles. Great with almost any food options. I also chose a still rosé, the 2008 Gustave Lorentz "Le Rosé" of Pinot Noir ($10.99) from Alsace. A bit more depth and fruit flavor, it is light enough to enjoy on a hot sunny day- and very versatile with food.
Moving along, we may have some guests who think of sparkling or rosé as a bit "phoo-phoo". These next cool picks aim to please. 2008 Tabali Viognier ($10.99) has honey citrus, peach, fresh herb, and creamy texture- excellent with fried foods. For another honey toned wine, we have the 2007 Simonsig Chenin Blanc ($10.99) from Stellenbosch, South Africa. This wine is packed with tropical flavor and complexity. Next we move to 2007 Leitz Dry Riesling ($14.99) from the Rheingau in Germany. Apricot, lime, and a floral nose are enough to tackle most spicy dishes. For the ultimate summer wine, try the 2007 Puiatti "Zuccole" Pinot Grigio ($16.99) from Friuli. This version has a bit more weight than your usual, with apples and pears, perfect with anything from seafood to spice.
No party would be complete without beer, and my choice is the North Coast Brewing Co. Blue Star Wheat Beer. There might be nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice cold wheat beer, and this one packs light hops and citrus fruit flavor. Stick it in the cooler and enjoy the food and fireworks.
For those that need some red wine, I would choose to go with wines packed with fruit, so off to Australia. Red Heads Studio presents 2005 Barrel Monkey Shiraz ($16.99). Full of red rich fruit and light spice. For a bit more, try 2006 Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Shiraz Grenache ($18.99) blend. Charred red fruit and chocolatey coffe flavor on this well balanced wine will make it the hit of the day. Both wines are the perfect complement to BBQ and sauces.
No matter what you pick, I hope you all enjoy your holiday, and stay safe. As for me, I will be indulging in Rib Fest '09 in Naperville!
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