New York Women's Culinary Alliance

Wines for Summer Barbecues

By Francine Cohen / 16-Jun-2015

It's after Memorial Day.  Which, though not officially summer yet, does make it official backyard barbecuing, rooftop wine enjoying, picnic in the park going weather.  That is, it's the perfect time, whether you're hosting, or a guest, to explore some new wines.  

These three bottles are the perfect match for whatever you're serving, from burgers and ribs, to fish on the grill, to quinoa salad and peach pie. Prices listed are suggested retail and may differ at Gotham Wines & Liquors, where your NYWCA discount offers 15% per bottle.

Paul Cheneau "Lady of Spain" Cava $14.99

This cava from Spain is easy drinking.  So easy, you're going to want two bottles (at least) so you can finish one and have another to spare for tomorrow.  The winemakers pride themselves on producing an elegant sparkling cava with French influence in its production methods and grape varietals.  With a translucent greenish tint and light pastry notes, you'll be happy you chose this crisp, structured cava as your summertime house bubbles.  

Cave de Lugny Les Charmes Mâcon-Lugny Chardonnay 2013 $17.99

It was a tough vintage in the vineyards, but the resulting wine is terrific.  These 100% Chardonnay grapes grown on a single vineyard are exploding with citrus, peach and apricot notes to delight your nose, and the wine delivers a fresh balance of acidity and sweetness that's going to make you pair it with everything from chicken salad to dessert because its structure and slight spiciness can stand up to it all.

Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon $13.99

Count on this everyday priced 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile to bring something elegant to every barbecue.  The rich ruby color offers up plum and strawberry notes balanced by a light herbal fragrance typical of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.  Drink it now for young tannins with some nice acidity or hold it and let it mellow for next year's outdoor grill-based menu.  

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