Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy
I like to put out several different cold drinks with our BBQ. You never know who will want to change from a beer or wine to a cold iced tea.
The ice bucket was filled with a few seasonal beers and white merlot. I like to make a pitcher of a non-alcoholic citrus iced tea for both the kids and adults. It’s very refreshing and thirst quenching.
Now back to the White Merlot which I decided to serve to the “ladies who lunched” with us this weekend. They like sweeter style wines to sip with their meal. I thought the White Merlot would be the perfect match.
Forest Glen White Merlot (under $10) has a reddish-pink color. The aromas of watermelon says summer and the raspberries gave it the delicious berry flavors and had a slight sweetness on the palate. This should be served well chilled so keep it in the melting ice bucket.
Twin Valley White Merlot (under $10) has light floral aromas along with the characteristic Merlot grape flavors of plum and blueberry, and it had a hint of cranberry, but this is lighter in style than a red merlot.
You can’t have ladies who lunch without serving sparkling wine. I served one of my favorites, Cristalino Brut Cava which has slight yeast and citrusy, lemon-lime aromas with flavors of citrus and apple. Very food friendly or good as an aperitif.