This is the week to shop for everything you'll need for the end of summer barbecue. I like to plan in advance so I'm here to give you a nudge if you need a head start.
I know I always forget what I have in my wine rack so I'm checking it before I head out on my shopping expedition.
I have selected a few wines that will be refreshing with the watermelon salad, grilled vegetables, and the meats and/or fish you might be barbecuing this weekend. This is almost like a blind date but at the end of the day you will have had a great time and the food and wine will be the perfect pair.
Wine Pairing Tip: When serving salads with an acidic dressing (i.e. vinegars, citrus) keep in mind that the acidity brings out the fruitiness in the wine. These Rosé and white wines have what it takes to meet your salads and make a wonderful pair.
If you are into going "green" and organic, check out your wine shops for Bonterra Vineyards wines.
Bonterra has been producing high quality organic wines for under $15.
Bonterra Vineyards Dry Rosé has a dark pink color with aromas of tea and tart cherry with flavors of strawberry and watermelon, and some raspberries with a hint of spice and vanilla. This rosé is a blend of zinfandel, syrah and sangiovese grapes.
Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare 2008 ($15) is a blend of grenache, cinsault, roussanne, mourvedre, syrah and grenache blanc. A lot of grapes in this California "Rhone" blend give this wine its distinct character. This dry Rosé has flavors of watermelon, strawberry and blood orange. This is a perfect wine for sipping as an apéritif as well as enjoying it with your meal.
Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc ($12) from California has a subtle green color which lots of tropical fruit flavors and soft floral aromas. This wine has peach and melon flavors with a crisp acidity that is perfect for your summer menu.
Mionetto Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut ($13) is a sparkling wine that is perfect with any dish. With hints of pear and apple flavors this prosecco has a bit of tartness to it but you will be sure to enjoy it with your salads and grilled meats as well.
Celebrate "Back to School" with this light and fizzy sparkling wine that will tickle your nose and make your BBQ a very special event. I have a funny suspicion I'm not the only one wanting to celebrate "Back to School"!