With summer in full swing and outdoor dining and barbeque cuisine being enjoyed by many, here are a few wine hints and pairing suggestions to try on your deck with good friends and great food:
When shopping for wines for outdoor summer events, choose wines that were grown in hot climates. The wines from hot climates are generally more forgiving in hot, outdoor temperatures so they don’t spoil as fast in the sun. Many of these wines also have flavours that pair naturally with grilled dishes.
- Keep an ice bucket on hand to keep summer white styles crisp and refreshing.
- Screw cap closures make outdoor entertaining simple by making it easy for you to reseal a bottle when it is not in use.
- Always keep wine bottles out of direct sunlight and in a cool, shaded place before serving.
- Don’t forget about Rose wine styles – these are food friendly and dry in profile. Look for delicious styles from Spain and the South of France.
Erin Rosar Sommelier, WG Wines Consulting Inc. (www.wgwines.com)