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, BBQ and patio parties… At different price points and flavor profiles, we have something for everyone and every plate this summer.
So, gather your friends and family, get ready to pour the wine, and read on for our Memorial Day weekend wine guide!
Pairs with waterfront settings
Whether you’re on the water by boat (you know we love Rosé on the Water…) or it’s the first time this year that 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 both come from Southern France, and are basically summer in a bottle.
Pairs with BBQ and grilled meats (sweet & smoky!)
Classic: Lot 161 Bordeaux, France
Barbecue and grilled meats can either be on the sweeter side or peppery and smoky, so we have two wines for both options. If your BBQ falls into the latter category, Bordeaux or other Cabernet blends are a great option. A full bodied red will help enhance the smoke. Lot 161 Bordeaux would be perfect!
On the other hand, if you’re seasoning with sweeter BBQ flavors, you might want to opt for a fruity Pinot Noir with a little bit of smoke like Lot 164 Pinot Noir, our single vineyard selection from California’s Russian River Valley. The abundant fruit flavors will balance with the sweetness, while the earthy and smoky flavors will balance with the smokiness of the grilled meats.
Pairs with fish (raw & grilled!)
Classic Reserve: Lot 168 Auxey-Duresses, Burgundy, France
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 our new Lot 168 Auxey-Duresses from Burgundy, France. This wine is a classic and truly special Chardonnay that pairs amazingly well with a rich fish like salmon. Auxey-Duresses is the first village-level Burgundy we’ve offered, and like most wines made in the Côte de Beaune, this wine is made on a very small scale, with extremely limited production. So, enjoy this fresh and silky oaked Reserve while we have it!
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 is another fantastic place to look for delicious Sauvignon Blanc. We recently released our Lot 171 Pouilly-Fumé, a French Sauvignon Blanc, and its bright citrus perfectly complements grilled chicken. Pouilly-Fumé also has a reputation for offering smoky notes, in fact, the French word “fumé” translates to “smoke”. So fire up the grill and pop open a bottle of Pouilly-Fumé!