Labor Day Soirée

Labor Day Soirée

grilled-sausages-peppers-and-onions-with-dijon-sour-cream-for-web-site_400Although Labor Day brings the summer to a close, it also brings some of the best foods of the entire year—right now, gardens and farmers markets are brimming with peaches, tomatoes, peppers, berries, beans, melons, eggplant, and more. So how about saying goodbye to summer with a Labor Day soirée that celebrates them all?

Start with a few snacks and appetizers—Eggplant Dip, Guacamole Hummus, cucumber sticks, and buttery Pita Chips. Alongside, serve a sparkler—because nothing says “let’s party” like bubbles:

VILARNAU Brut Cava non-vintage (Catalonia, Spain) $14
DOMAINE COLLIN Cremant de Limoux non-vintage. (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) $14
DOMAINE CARNEROS Brut Rosé 2010 (Carneros, Napa County, CA) $37

Enjoy cool, refreshing Gazpacho or an Heirloom Tomato Salad as a first course—either way, it will be a tasty tribute to everyone’s favorite summer crop. To complement, go with a similarly crisp white or rosé. Some favorites:

FILLABOA Albariño 2013 (Rias Baixas, Spain) $17
CORNERSTONE Syrah Rosé “Corallina” 2013 (Napa Valley, CA) $25

For your entrée, bring out the big guns—it’s a celebration, after all—and serve a dish that’s cabernet-friendly, but still summery. How about Grilled Sausages and Peppers with Dijon Sour Cream or Steak Salad with Grilled Onions? Either would be great with one of these cabs or cab blends:

GRGICH HILLS Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Napa Valley, CA) $60
CUTTINGS Red Wine 2012 (California) $50
SCHUG Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley, CA) $30

For dessert, it has to be berries. Serve Blueberry-Lemon Galette with a similarly berry-licious dessert wine. For example:

CHATEAU RIEUSSEC “Les Carmes de Rieussec” (Sauternes, France) $33
ELYSIUM Black Muscat Dessert Wine non-vintage (California) $22

What kind of soirée will you be having for Labor Day? Let us know below.

Photo Credit: Lucy Schaeffer

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