As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time of the year to start popping open those great summer wines. Think wines that pair with sunshine, BBQs and waterfront views… At different price points and flavor profiles, we have something for everyone and every plate this summer.
So, light the grill and get ready to pour the wine, and read on for our Memorial Day weekend wine guide! These are sure to put you in a #SummerStateOfWine…
Pairs with waterfront settings
We’re #RoséReady to dip our toes in… Whether waterfront means your backyard pool this summer, or you’re laying down a beach towel in the sand, grab a glass of our dry-yet-fruity Lot 33 Rosé or fresh and bright Reserve Lot 132 Cotes de Provence Rosé. These rosé wines come from Southern France and are basically summer in a bottle.
Pairs with BBQ and grilled meats (sweet & smoky!)
Classic: Lot 179 Pinot Noir, California
Barbecue and grilled meats can either be on the sweeter side or peppery and smoke, so we have two wines for both options. If your BBQ falls into the latter category, Cabernet Sauvignon is a great option. A full bodied red will help enhance the smoke. Lot 148 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley in Sonoma would be perfect!
On the other hand, if you’re seasoning with sweeter BBQ flavors, you might want to opt for a more fruit forward red wine, like Pinot Noir.
Pairs with fish (raw & grilled!)
Classic Reserve: Lot 130 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, California
In the summertime, not only do we enjoy fish off the grille, we also enjoy slinging back freshly shucked oysters and shellfish. So again, two wine options for either choice. Raw Oysters? Look to Lot 170 Muscadet Sevre et Maine. It’s a fresh, racy and citrus-driven white that was made to pair with warm nights and freshly shucked oysters.
We know not everyone likes raw fish, so if you’re looking for a wine to pair with fish off the grill, like a cedar planked salmon, try Lot 30 Chardonnay. This Russian River Valley Chardonnay will pair amazingly well with a rich fish like salmon. With just the right amount of oak, this wine is the perfect balance for those who love Chardonnay with lot of California fruit, but not overbearing oak.
Pairs with grilled herbed chicken
A light and citrusy Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with grilled chicken in the warm weather. As one of our most popular wines, we can’t recommend our New Zealand Lot 2 Sauvignon Blanc enough. This is definitely a summer go-to in general, but the undertones of fresh cut grass and crisp citrus were meant to be paired with a flavorful herbed chicken.
France’s Loire Valley also offers deliciously refreshing Sauvignon Blanc in the form of our Lot 151 Giennois Sauvignon Blanc. This single vineyard wine is bursting with freshness, acidity and minerality - which is exactly what we want on a hot summer’s day or paired with a grilled herbed chicken.