Metro Home: Wine Pairings for Summer Outings.

This July we join the rest of the vacationing American public while indulging in one of our favorite summer activities — dining al fresco. We assembled a list of several wine pairings accompanied by traditional seasonal fare for social gatherings at home. Here is as a guideline if not introduction to vintners that perhaps you haven’t tried yet.

Let’s all pop a cork with the following tastings.


First up is a Chardonnay from Edna Valley in CA, True Myth. This wine has aromas of pear, white peach and pineapple. It’s fruity with mineral undertones and balanced with refreshing acidity that keeps the wine fresh and crisp from start to finish. All topped off with the perfect complement of vanilla bean and toasted oak. We think this chardonnay pairs well with fish like Turbot or Halibut, it also compliments grilled veal chops or a cheddar cheese melt appetizer.

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Enjoy bubbles in your beverage? If so, we suggest the Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs with its citrus bouquet, hint of orange and burst of effervescence. You may also note Granny Smith apples, lemongrass and vanilla along with lively minerals. Invite your friends and family to gather when serving seared scallops or grilled chicken. It also goes well with goat cheese and multi-grain crackers before the meal.

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If you are hosting a barbeque in the yard, at the beach, in the park, or anywhere this month and a juicy, marinated steak is on your menu, you cannot go wrong with a fine Argentinean Malbec. We recommend Graffigna Reserve 2014. For the price, we rate this Malbec quite high due to its intense purple color and aromas of dark cherry, plum, fig and tobacco. It pairs really well with a skirt steak, NY strip, etc. It also goes well with a spicy sausage.

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Dry Creek Vineyard offers a Sauvignon Blanc that recently graced the balcony table of a gracious neighbor who works as a chef. Once the wine was opened and poured, flavors of lemons, tangerines and mineral notes come through with a slightly creamy and bright finish. It also contains some floral notes. We decided to pair it with a lovely chilled bowl of fresh gazpacho. It got rave reviews and a few new ideas to serve it with smoked salmon or possibly a salty ham.

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Enjoy your summer outings and happy tasting. Be sure to check back to Metro Home in the coming weeks as we feature new summertime cocktail and mocktail recipes.

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