Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, which means you may be hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue. There are several wines that pair well with your warm-weather meal to make your Memorial Day celebration complete.
Dogajolo Toscano Bianco IGT
This delicious white wine is best served slightly chilled, at about 50 degrees F. Dogajolo Toscano Bianco IGT is made from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes combined with Grechetto. The wine is a great addition to light meals that include salads, seafood and white meats. The pleasant, fruity aroma makes this white wine even more appealing.
Spumante Brut Rosè
If your Memorial Day lunch or dinner consists of seafood or pink meats, Spumante Brut Rosè is the ideal choice. This wine is a fruity, floral aroma for an enjoyable drinking experience and should be served at 45-50 degrees F.
Lambrusco are sweet grapes that are native to the northern region of Italy. Many people say that Lambrusco wine tastes similar to soda, since the wine is both sugary and fizzy. This tasty wine ranges in color from pale to deep purple. There are about 10 varieties of Lambrusco, and the best varieties have a sweet or semi-sweet flavor profile. If foods like empanadas or Korean BBQ are on your Memorial Day menu, Lambrusco can complete your meal.
Txakoli is a Spanish type of wine that has a noticeable acidity and spritz. This refreshing wine is available in white or red forms and the grapes for Txakoli wines are grown near the Atlantic. Some of the best Txakoli wines include Malkova and de Alava wines, which are rich reds with citrus and herb notes. Goianea and Uno whites are also ideal for Memorial Day and have pronounced citrus notes.
Riesling is a native German wine with a distinct fruity scent, even when the wine is chilled. In addition to fruit, you'll also smell hints of jasmine, lime peel and honeycomb. It is one of the world's best white wines and has flavors that range from lime to lemon or even pineapple and apricot depending on ripeness. Riesling pairs nicely with poultry and seafood and is a delicious addition to spicy Asian or Indian foods due to the sweetness of the wine.
Clos de Los Sietes
This fragrant red wine doesn't seem like the ideal pick for spring or summer. However, Clos de Los Sietes is a fruity and slightly peppery wine that pairs very well with grilled meats. If you're planning on enjoying burgers, ribs, or brisket this Memorial Day, Clos de Los Sietes is an excellent choice.
Paumanok Dry Rosé
This decadent blush-colored wine is a combination of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, along with 20 percent Merlot. Paumanok is low in alcohol content and has notes of red fruit, which makes the wine a delicious pairing with grilled fruits and fruit-based desserts.
All of these wines can make your Memorial Day meal complete and have complex flavors to make the meats, vegetables, fruits and desserts on your menu especially memorable.