Labor Day weekend is often a trigger for summertime sadness. Didn’t summer just get here anyways? Fear not… here in New England we’re still firing up the grill for outdoor food and wine enjoyment, we might just be adding an extra layer of flannel and who doesn’t love fall flannel season?
So, when you’re firing up your own grill for end of summer/early fall, make sure you have these red, white and rosé wines on deck for pairing!
Grilled Zucchini & Veggies
Lot 170 Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire Valley, France
Muscadet is not just for Oysters… this zippy wine with high-acidity and minerality also makes an ideal pairing to grilled zucchini and other summer vegetables alike. Plus, Muscadet is what we like to call “endless summer in a bottle.”
Juicy style rosé is a perfect match for many types of grilled food, and salmon is no exception. Let’s be real, we’re never ready to pack the rosés away… it’s always rosé season.
Grilled Eggplant & Mushrooms
Lot 159 Chenas, Cru du Beaujolais, France
Chenas gets along with most foods, but its subtle earthy notes pair especially well with eggplant and mushrooms. Might we also mention an amazing non-veggie pairing of Chenas with barbecued spare ribs… talk about finger-licking good.
Lot 152 Chardonnay, CA & Lot 130 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley CA
Char/smoky flavors that infuse the chicken when grilled are going to like wines with new oak such as our Lot 152 California Chardonnay. For a reserve option look to Lot 130, a Russian River Valley chardonnay that carries a lot of California fruit, and a light oak.
Grilled Steak & Burgers
For red meats that have relatively good amounts of fat, zinfandel makes a nice pairing because it typically has moderate tannins and high acidity. Burger night? Lot 155 Zinfandel is a great option under $13 and if you want to turn things up a notch with a delicious steak, try out our intensely rich Collectors Rockpile Zinfandel, Lot 165.
Grilled Fruit Dessert
Lot 49 Sparkling Rosé, Italy
Sparkling Rosé is a versatile wine that pairs great with almost any dessert, but its fruity notes might be best matched with fresh fruit straight off the grill. Besides, a fun dessert deserves a fun bubbly pink wine.