From our Hang Time tasting on Thursday, June 9, 2016…
It’s starting to feel like summer and it’s time for a little al fresco dining. Whether your style is a posh hamper with silver, linens, and glasses; a basket and blanket with paper and plastic; or a picnic table near a grill in one of our wonderful parks, we have some suggestions for wines to enliven the occasion.
We have two whites, a rosé, and two reds. One of our whites is organic: ERA Pinot Grigio 2014, from northeast Italy. This is a very aromatic wine, with fruit and minerality. It has a flavor profile more complex and full bodied than most Pinot Grigio, and a nice long finish. This is a wine to pour when your picnic partners have a wide variety of tastes or you’re thinking a brunch event. It pairs well with summer foods, chicken or tuna salad, and omelettes. On the racier side, try Radley & Finch Viking point Sauvignon Blanc 2015. This South African charmer contains a hefty dollop of Chenin Blanc, whose floral notes are a good complement to the citrus of Sauv Blanc. This wine goes very well with hammocks, salads, shrimp, and Mediterranean fare.
Think pink with a tickle of bubbles on the tongue and you have Seaside Cellars Vinho Verde Rosé 2015, from northern Portugal. This is a spicy, fruity, floral wine with surprising intensity, and its low alcohol makes it a good choice on a hot, humid day. Try this as an aperitif to get things going on a lively footing, or pair with spicy finger food.
My grandmother used to say, “Any color, just so it’s red,” and that’s how some people feel about wine. We’ll pour two, with a marked contrast in style. CalNaturale® Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is just the ticket for those venues where glass isn’t welcome. This wine comes in a TetraPak® in both full liter and half-liter sizes. The wine is not only delicious, it’s certified sustainable under California’s Lodi Rules. It’s full bodied with a kiss of oak and no sharp edges (having spent 19 months ageing). Pair with your favorite burger; consider adding blue cheese, whether you’re going meat or meatless. Our other red is a bit off the beaten track—Poderi Fiorini Becco Rosso Lambrusco Grasparossa 2015, a frizzante (lightly sparkling) Lambrusco-based blend best served slightly chilled. It offers red fruit and violets along with its festive bubbles, and dances to its own drummer. Partner it with a tortellini salad or grilled pizza and enjoy!
Aside from being tasty, another thing these wines share is great value, and there are many more like them on Red Feet’s shelves. The staff will be happy to direct you to an old friend or help you make a new one, red, white, or rosé. If you don’t feel like making a decision, grab a Summer Starter Demi-Sac and dig in!
- M.P. Rouse