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Summer really starts cooking about July 4th and when it comes to food, the heat doesn’t let you think of much outside of chilled salads and grilling fare…but even with simple summer foods it doesn’t have to be all beer and soda. There are great wines, red and white, that will pair up with some of summers best foods. A few weeks ago, I had family and friends visiting from out of town. We worked our way through a lot of California tourism, restaurant dining and some casual, fun dinners at home.  Staying home is my favorite way to visit. Tons of food, copious amounts of wine and hours of laughter!  The following wines were sent to me to sample an I popped the corks to share them with my family and friends.  Everyone found these wines to not only be very enjoyable but wonderful wines to pair with a variety of foods.

photo 1 (2)Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay 2014  (SRP $14.99)
This wine is bright and clean. With it seeing no oak, it holds the true beauty and character of Chardonnay. White flowers, apples and citrus fruits are on the show here and it ends with with mineral notes that smooth over into a nice clean, long finish.  We paired this wine with simple grilled shrimp kabobs and I must say, it was quite an amazing match

 

photo 2Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2014  (SRP $13.99)
A whimsical, fruit forward wine – crisp, juicy wine that burst with expressive ripe red berries. It’s light, yet does hold a nice mouthfeel. It is absolutely delicious on it’s own, but if you pair it up with some grilled lamb skewers; you are in for one spectacular treat!

 

 

photo 3Sequoia Grove Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014  (SRP $27.99) A Napa Valley classic.  This Chardonnay is full of pear, lychee, citrus zest, lightly toasted almonds. At first taste you also get a light custard flavor that is coming from the sure lies but then quickly it’s followed by citrus zest and the fruit and it finishes nicely with a medium finish. We paired this wine with grilled, bone in, skin on chicken. The acidity and fullness of this Chardonnay matched very well with the fattiness and char flavor of the grilled chicken.

 

photo 4Resonance Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard 2013  (SRP $65.00)
This Pinot Noir is a show stopper.  Beautiful Ruby red color – dark berry fruit with a slight spice.  A very well-structured wine with balanced tannins and minerality.  Truly decadent. This wine cried out for grilled fair and we were successful in pairing it with grilled bison burger sliders. The slight gaminess of the bison sent the fruit of this wine to new heights and it was a match made in heaven.

Take some time to find these wines at your local stores or via this website:
Invite friends and family over and enjoy these hot days of summer with flare and style!

Cheers!

 

** Samples received courtesy of Kobrand Wines ** 

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