May 28 2010

Chilling and Grilling: Whites for Memorial Day

A few days ago, we highlighted some of our favorite reds to pair with heartier grilled meats, fish, and fruit. But if you’re flaming lighter fare, like shrimp, chicken, whitefish, or vegetables, they’ll scream for a chilled white to balance, not bulldoze the flavor. Here at Just Grapes, we think these pairings can help you master your Memorial Day menu:

Grilled Shrimp +2007 Brooks “Ara” Riesling, Willamette Valley, Oregon [$23.99]
Served at the White House state dinner honoring the Prime Minister of India!
The Ara Riesling shows immediate aromas of green apple, minerals, raspberries, and citrus. Later chestnuts, honey, slate, lime and mint also make an appearance. The mid-palate is concentrated with stone and honey. Truly classic in every sense, an incredible value. Vineyard sources: Eola Hills, Hyland, Yamhill, and Territorial.

Grilled Chicken + 2006 Chateau Fuisse Chardonnay, Burgundy, France [$23.99]
Light gold. Spicy tangerine and anise aromas are deepened by sweet butter and fresh hazelnut. Juicy citrus flavors offer impressive cut and energy, picking up a stony character on the finish. Youthfully taut but very well-balanced.

Grilled Mahi Mahi or Halibut + 2008 La Cana Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain [$14.39]
The 2008 La Cana Albarino is the first release of the collaboration between the Gil family of Jumilla and importer Jorge Ordonez. Their intention was to make a more austere style of Albarino. Light gold-colored, it reveals an attractive perfume of pear, lemon-lime, and pineapple. Vibrant on the palate with excellent natural acidity, this racy Albarino will drink well for another three years. It is an excellent value. 89 Pts – Robert Parker

Vegetable Skewers + 2009 Huber Hugo Gruner Veltliner, Austria [$9.99]
Pale green-yellow. Juicy apple and mango aromas complemented by subtle blossom honey. Vibrant, light and flavorful, in a round, easy-drinking style. Finishes with savory notes of celery and pepper.

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