May 25 2010

Wines for Memorial Day Grilling

Published by at 2:39 PM under Dessert Wine,Red Wines,Wine Pairing

The weather is scorching here in Chicago, which is a great primer for Memorial Day weekend, and the official return of outdoor grilling in the Windy City. Whether you’re the grillmaster executing the perfect menu for your friends and family, or you’re stuck at someone else’s party with a blowhard who confuses burning with barbecue, you can improve any meal by matching the perfect wine to food that’s been flamed. Here are four of our favorites at Just Grapes:

Steak and Burgers + 2008 Flor De Pulenta Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Argentina [$14.39]
If you find yourself addicted to California Cabs, why not give this a try from Argentina? I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what this wine has to offer. A nice big, jammy Cab with some interesting earthy smoke and baking spice notes. Throw a steak on the grill and sip this while you’re cooking… then try it with the steak. So much fun! – Maggie’s Staff Pick. 88 Pts – Robert Parker

Barbecued Ribs + 2008 R Wines “Southern Belle” Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia [$19.99]
The 2008 Southern Belle Shiraz was aged in seasoned oak including some ex-bourbon barrels. A glass-coating opaque purple, it displays a nearly room-filling nose of smoke, game, incense, and blueberry that leaps from the glass. Opulent and full-bodied on the palate, it lacks only complexity. Drink it over the next 6-8 years. It is an outstanding value. 90 pts – Wine Advocate

Grilled Salmon + 2007 Bird “Old Schoolhouse VineyardBig Barrel Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand [$19.99]
The 2007 Old Schoolhouse Vineyard Big Barrel Pinot Noir fulfills its promise out of barrel last year, this has a great sense of transparency on the nose with cranberry, raspberry and redcurrant fruit with understated use of oak. This is how Pinot should be. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and quite peppery on the entry, leading to rounded red-berried fruit. There is raspberry and cranberry with a peppery/spicy edge reappearing toward the finish. Nicely balanced, very pure and utterly charming. 90 Pts – Robert Parker

Grilled Fruit Skewers + 375ml 2005 Fonseca Quinta de Panascal Portugal [$19.19]
Structured, complex wine that is only just beginning to hint at considerable depth of powerful, rich flavors. The structure is dry, a little lean, but with dense tannins. The fruit, rich plums and stone fruits is just coming through. 91 Pts – Wine Enthusiast

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