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Wines For Beaches and Barbeques


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As the days get warmer and longer, light foods will rule the table. As such, wines that are light, chilly, and not too serious are needed as well. While some may think that wine selection is ruled by our bodies, it can also be ruled by the weather. Our taste for wine is influenced by the weather as well as how the wine tastes. Heat is the enemy of most high-end wines. Heat can and will kill them in the bottle or at the table. A bottle of wine exposed to excessive heat will frequently end up tasting like baked or stewed fruits.

Many people will go for something simple such as an inexpensive white Zinfandel but the rewards will be sweeter if the amount of thought put into summer wines is equal to half of the thought given to choosing summer foods. With a small amount of effort, it is possible to drink wines that are interesting, will make the light summer foods even better, and don't cost an arm and a leg.

Light and easy-to-prepare summer foods such as salads, grilled vegetables, and seafood are a great starting point. The wines chosen to complement these foods should have the same elegant nonchalance. A Muscadet from France is a good wine to consider. They're easy to buy and have a crisp taste that makes it pair well with a lot of warm-weather dishes.

A Pinot Gris from Oregon is another possibility for summer meals. This is one of the most charming white wines available. This wine has a special zest that makes even a mustard potato salad dance on one's taste buds. A crisp, lemon-y Vinho Verde from Portugal is another excellent choice for making simple, basic dishes seem like an extravagant meal.

As the summer food gets more complex, the wine can as well. Sancerre, a French Loire Valley wine, tastes like a ripe, freshly picked green apple. It goes beautifully with curried chicken salad or roasted chicken with cranberry relish. Sancerre is made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape and so this wine too is a great choice. The Sauvignon Blanc from Beringer Vineyards in California is a great choice for people looking to stay closer to home. The Sauvignon Blanc doesn't need food but can provide a boost to turkey or ham sandwiches, chicken and seafood salads, and veggies with simple dips.

With these helpful hints in mind, chill your bottle well, open by the pool, and sip. Or, chill, sip, and imagine you're by the pool or at the beach. For more information on great summer foods, please visit .

Joseph Devine


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