On this Memorial Day it is with respect that we salute the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country and to remember them always never to be forgotten.
This particular weekend also marks the calendar as the unofficial start of summer fun whether we are at the beach, planning a picnic at the park, camping, or entertaining in our own backyard. So let the summer fun begin!
Even though the weather is still cool we are out in our sweatshirts firing up the grill. Except for heavy rain and strong winds we will be grilling almost anything we can. I just read an article describing how to grill a fruit pie. That’s one I will be trying this summer. Stay tuned for that.
This weekend we found a couple of wines that are under $15 which we enjoyed with our resident grill master’s “nothing fancy but always favorite” chicken legs, steak, and grilled shrimp along with a couple of my salads.
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from Australia is a blend of grapes from Barossa, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. Penfolds is known for producing quality wines that are very affordable. This is a blend of 70% Shiraz and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon that has black currant, and blackberry and blueberry aromas. The flavors are intense and very well balanced. This wine can be enjoyed through 2022.
If you enjoy red wine, you can’t go wrong at this price of under $15. Keep it for a few years for an upcoming special occasion.
Ravenswood Vintners Blend Chardonnay 2007 is one Chardonnay that just might bring together the old world Chardonnay lover of crisp minerality with lots of fruity character and the California Chardonnay lover of oaky, buttery flavors. Partially fermented in barrels as well as stainless steel, this Vintners Blend has bright apple, lemon and melon flavors with a touch of oak and notes of butter. It is crisp and lively and just might be for every one who enjoys a Chardonnay.
This was great with the grilled shrimp and the orzo salad I made from a recipe I tried from Rich’s site at Not Just Recipes.
Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc 2007 is a white wine that has rich fruit flavors and aromas of grapefruit, citrus and honeydew and a subtle hint of grassiness. This wine was fermented in stainless steel and old French oak barrels which gives the wine both a crispness and subtle oak character that adds complexity. The winery labeled this Fumé Blanc rather than Sauvignon Blanc which is their way of hinting to us the wine was aged in oak barrels.
This is a delicious wine that I enjoyed drinking on its own as well as with the grilled chicken.
Wine tasting tip: “Good friends and good food are the best pairing with wine. Drink what you enjoy, it’s just a matter of taste!”