Today is Wine Wednesday and since the countdown is on to the holiday weekend I thought it would be a perfect time to share these ideas. Wines For Memorial Day grillin’ and chillin’. This weekend is the unofficial kick-off to summer as well as the officials start of the summer grilling season. If you aren’t firing up the grill for Memorial Day, chances are you will be soon. These wine paring tips are good all summer long.
Wines For Memorial Day: Grillin’ and Chillin’
Sometimes you just need a glass of wine to “chill” with while the food is being prepared and cooked. Lighter bodied wines, both red and white, are ideal for this. Wines with more structure are typically best with food. However, that does not mean you can’t enjoy them solo as well.
One of the biggest things to be mindful of when it comes to wine and grilling is temperature. Of course the grill will be hot, but you certainly don’t want the wine to be hot or even slightly warm. When wine is too warm, alcohol flavors dominate. The fruit characteristics and other nuances will be overshadowed. Even red wines need a chill. Remember room temperature in Florida is not room temperature in a cellar. Once your wine is poured it has no where to go but up, in temperature. For this reason, it is even OK if it is a bit overchilled to begin with. It’s easier to warm up a wine in the glass then to cool it down.
If you need some new recipe ideas for grilled chicken, you can find a few here. Finally, wines that match are found below. Before you buy your cook out supplies, take a look at these wines for Memorial Day grillin’ and chillin’