Memorial Day brings the unofficial onset of summer—which means breaking out the barbecue, getting into the backyard, and enjoying warm-weather food and drink. Here are a few outdoor favorites and the ideal wines to pour alongside.
Potato chips and sparkling wine is a match made in heaven. So while the grill is heating up, get the party started with chips, a creamy onion dip and a celebratory sparkler:
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA WINERY Sparkling Wine “Sofia Blanc de Blancs” 2012 (Monterey County, CA) $19
CHANDON Sparkling Wine “Limited Edition Blanc de Noirs” non-vintage (in a red, white, and blue bottle!) (CA) $22
BILTMORE ESTATEBrut Sparkling Wine “Blanc de Blanc” non-vintage (Asheville, NC)
For dessert, how about wine popsicles?
What’s a backyard barbecue without burgers? Let your toppings determine your wine—for example, for the basic lettuce, tomato, and onion burger, go with dry rosé. It will be full-flavored enough for red meat, but light enough for the fresh toppings:
For slightly more hearty toppings, roasted red peppers, for example, or a mushroom burger, go for a light bodied red:
And for something heavy, like a bacon blue cheese burger, a richer red wine will complement the burger’s salt and fat, while the wine’s fuller body will work with the cheese:
Here’s to a great summer! How will you be celebrating Memorial Day? Tell us below.
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