Try Chilled Rosé. They are refreshing and versatile with food. LDV’s 2018 Rosé of Grenache is a dry fruit forward wine. Rosé wine can vary in sweetness, color, grape varieties, and range of prices making it a perfect choice. Drink it chilled for a refreshing summer-time drink.
Right Temperature. Many people drink red wines too warm. Typically, room temperature in most of our homes with the air conditioning on is about 75-76 degrees. Chill down red wines to about 65 degrees, especially in the summer, for a more enjoyable experience. Put your red wine in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes before serving. Pull the cork on a perfectly chilled red and float around the pool while the sun fades over the horizon.
Summer Light Eating. Even though we tend to eat lighter in the summer because of all the available fresh fruits and vegetables, do not give up on the reds. Consider using flavorful balsamic vinegar-based dressings and bold spices so you can enjoy a red wine with your salad. Grenache is a great wine paired with salad. Also, light a fire and grill those vegetables and fresh fruit. Drizzle them with fig balsamic or flavored olive oil and open a bottle of red wine.
Snacking on Cheese & Fruit: Keeping with the lighter eating theme, cheeses, and fruits pair well with red wines. Sharp cheddars, blue veined cheeses, and aged parmesan are great along with red grapes, cherries, blueberries, black raspberries, and dried fruits such as cranberries.
Fire Up the Grill. Just because summer temperatures rise does not mean a grilled New York strip steak with balsamic caramelized onions paired with a bottle of Petite Sirah needs to wait until fall! We BBQ year-round but June usually announcing grilling season in most of the U.S. There is nothing more American than pairing a great Grenache with a charcoal grilled burger with a thick slice of bacon and American cheese with all the fixings.
Step out of the norm, light that grill, and add a red wine to your summer picnic.