As Summer continues, you and friends head to more dinners and lunches prepared. While it’s always nice to bring a bottle of wine to an event, there’s nothing better than being able to pair the correct wine with the best meal. Even though it’s Summer, rosé is not always the best option, try with duck, good luck. Be generous with your offering and bring a family style meal for everyone to eat with the choice of wine. While many people won’t care, you can be the guests who brings lunch or dinner up to the next level. Read below for the pairing tips for you next meal.
Burgers & Moet
Delicate, forthright, precise and aged for seven years in Moët & Chandon’s historic cellars, the 2008 Grand Vintage Rosé delights with its maturity, complexity and charisma, with floral notes of rose and hawthorn and botanical nuances of boxwood and lime zest followed by fruity, fresh notes of raspberry, cherry and blood orange. A vivid, brilliant deep pink in color, its first impression on the palate is succulent and full, subsequently extending itself, with a refreshing finish. Incredibly versatile and food friendly, Moet Grand Vintage Rosé 2008 is a surprising yet excellent way to elevate summer dishes, like a crab tabbouleh salad or the latest food sensation, a raw tuna poke. The wine is perfect when craving a burger and french fries, and will embrace a simple strawberry dish when a touch of black pepper is added.
Red Wine and BBQ
Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2012 (SRP $25): Northern Rhône appellation Crozes-Hermitage shows off the best of the region’s signature varietal, Syrah. The Guigal Crozes-Hermitage displays the hallmark Syrah aromas, is spicy and persistent, with an intensity of flavor in an appealingly rustic style. With Crozes becoming an increasingly enticing appellation for US wine drinkers, this attainable luxury is a great choice as a host gift and a standout wine for home entertaining, while also a perfect spicy red when all you crave is a warming, satisfying red wine. The wine is enjoyable with spicy sausage or meats with barbecue sauce.
Sauvignon Blanc with your light meals
Tom Gore Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (SRP $15): A new wine from Sonoma grape farmer Tom Gore, who introduced his namesake wine collection Tom Gore Vineyards to tell the story of the land, the growing season and how what the farmer does in the field ultimately impacts the aromas, taste and quality of the wine. This new Sauvignon Blanc ($15) is a perfect choice for the onset of warmer weather, with crisp acidity and abundant notes of citrus, lime, and tangerine. Easily paired with lighter fare like fish or chicken and even hard-to-match spring veggies like asparagus.
Prosecco and Fruit
Prosecco is chic because it’s easy. Unlike expensive champagne, it’s sippable at just about any moment, and great to stock up on for weekends away and trips to the beach. Tommasi Filodora Prosecco ($18) is an elevated choice from more recognizable names because it’s made from one single estate, by a century-old winemaking family. It’s super-crisp and citrusy (lime, lemon peel and peach), making it mouthwatering and a pleasure to sip, and also great served with fresh summer fruits. With a classic silver label, it’s dressed for any occasion.
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