Monday, July 2
Fourth of July celebrations are heating up - as is the weather, but it is summer and the heat is to be expected. We can always keep cool under a shady tree.
What we need is a light, crisp and refreshing wine that can withstand the chill of our fridge, and maybe even an ice cube or two in the glass (ooohh! don't tell the wine geeks).
When you are out shopping this week look for a crisp, refreshing, light, and perfect for relaxing under that shady tree wine.
One of the best choices for this type of chillin' wine is a Sauvignon Blanc. Some have citrus or tropical fruit flavors; others have a hint of citrus with some pear or apple; some have vanilla or oak flavors; and some are very herbal with flavors of cut grass, gooseberries, green apple and some minerality.
There are excellent values for Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa and also from New Zealand. Ask the clerk in the wine shop which Sauvignon Blanc to choose that best suits your preferred flavor profile.
Some favorite summer foods to pair with Sauvignon Blanc are grilled pork loin; grilled asparagus spears; grilled fennel; barbecued oysters.
Choose a Sauvignon Blanc that has more citrus and acidity to pair with grilled seafood drizzled with citrus flavors and salads with vinaigrette dressings.
Well, off I'll be sitting under a shady tree and hopefully cooling off in hot sunny Florida visiting with my dad.
It's a little hectic getting packed, doing chores and handling all the usual daily stuff that makes our day get out of control so I'll be scheduling only 1 post a week for the rest of the month.
A little change of pace will be nice though I'm sure I'll be anxious to get home. Isn't that crazy -- we can't wait for a vacation but then we can't wait to get home -- something's wrong with this picture.
Keep Cool! and have a very Happy and Safe Fourth!