With Memorial Day weekend here, folks are starting to plan for their barbecues. Gathering meat to grill, dips to dip and cold adult beverages. Cold beer and white wines seem to be the most popular beverages for outdoor BBQ’s. Don’t misunderstand me, who doesn’t like a cold beer on a hot day/evening or a crisp refreshing white wine? But what about the folks who like red wine? Oh well, it is far too hot for red wine at a Memorial Day BBQ! Read on to find out why red wine is the perfect wine for a BBQ!
Side Note 1: There is no wrong way to drink wine. Whatever you prefer – however, to get the best experience and the most out of your wine, there are two things you can to do make sure it is the most pleasurable experience.
White wine: Unless it is Ice Wine, white wines should never be super cold. The colder the wine the less you’ll taste. The flavors and characteristics become frozen and its a flat cold white wine. Room temperature is ideal – but if you have to have it cold, just don’t have it ice cold – and notice how the flavors become more pronounced as the wine warms up. Use the corkcicle to keep the wine chilled, but not too cold!
Red wine: This may or may not come as a surprise, but red wine can be chilled briefly before sipping. The flavors come alive as the wine warms up. But please, please. please don’t put ice in your Pinot Noir! Ice is made of water, when water is added to anything it waters it down. No one wants to drink a watered down red wine. If the wine is chilled for a good 30 mins in the refrigerator and you crack it open, pour it and sip it as it warms up…you’ll be quite impressed with the fireworks of flavors.
Side Note 2: If you are the type that puts ice in your wine (the wine gods are cringing) how about making some wine cubes? Here is a blog by yours truly from years ago – Wine Ice Cubes
Now that we have the temperature thing figured out, lets hear about some red wines you can chill for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
Red Diamond wines – Ya know the wines with the big Red Diamond on them? Most likely you have seen them at Trader Joe’s, Costco, Safeway and Harris Teeter. They’re a great wine label that sources their grapes from premier wine growing regions. These wines are not meant to be a head scratcher, put away for 15 years and get all dusty wines. These are drink now wines that will please the palate and your wallet. Below are three of Red Diamond wines that are perfect for this weekend.
Red Diamond 2012 Pinot Noir: This Pinot hails from California. Raspberry on the nose with black cherry and believe it or not, spearmint on the finish. I read that in the tasting notes and did not think I would actually get spearmint on the finish, but I’ll be darned, I did – and I liked it. For around $10, this Pinot won’t disappoint. It isn’t your watery light bodied Pinot. It’s got body and flavor and will be perfect with your grilled meats!
Red Diamond 2012 Merlot: Washington State produces some tasty Merlots, and this happens to be one of them. Plum and spice on the nose, quite pleasant. Black cherry when you sip this wine with a subtle note of oak on the finish. A touch of sweetness (not syrupy sweet) but like biting into a fresh cherry or plum. A great wine to go with BBQ chicken or ribs.
Red Diamond Temperamental Red Blend: A Spanish red blend that is sure to wow the palate! 90% Tempranillo, 4% Graciano, 3%Garnacha, and 3% Mazuelo rounds out the blend. Clearly a mostly tempranillo, this Spanish red just bursts with flavor. Black fruit, blueberry and chocolate hover in the glass when its swirled. Dark fruit and oak on the palate with a sinfully silky smooth finish. This will go with whatever is on the grill or even just by itself.
The price is spot on, the flavors are spot on, the wines are calling to have a spot on your table this weekend!
Arlington stores: Safeway, Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s and Costco all carry this wine. $10 and under for these wines. Enjoy and grill and drink responsibly. We want you around for the 4th, Labor Day and beyond!