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Swim into Summer with Top Summer Wines

Celebrate sunshine, slow afternoons and paella suppers on the beach with our popular “Top Ten Summer Wines” program, including an effervescent Vinho Verde that tickles the tongue, an aromatic Albarino with a summertime crush on Manchego cheese, and a racy Tempranillo that loves backyard barbecues. We carefully select our Top Ten Summer Wines to make it easy for shoppers to find just the right bottle to take to cookouts, beach parties and backyard gatherings. These can’t-go-wrong wines also sport prices that won’t make you sweat. Got plans for a Memorial Day barbeque? Here’s a sampling of wines from our Top Ten that’ll match up perfectly with your grilled favorites. GREEN TRUCK CHARDONNAY (California) Made with Organically Grown Grapes
  • Medium-bodied, with ripe citrus, green apple and peach flavor
  • Biodegradable corks and recycled paper labels
  • Drink with cookout favorites like fish tacos and fried chicken
Recipe pairing: Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle Ranch Cheese pairing: Kilaree Cheddar – hand selected for Whole Foods Market and aged 15 months, this rich, creamy “Cheddar nirvana” VALDEMAR TEMPRANILLO (Spain)
  • A crowd-pleasing Tempranillo with a modern twist
  • Elegant, racy red with ripe cherry flavor and blackberries and currants on the nose
  • Pour with backyard classics, from fajitas to burgers
Recipe pairing: Stuffed Burgers with Gorgonzola and Smoky Bacon Cheese pairing: Gran Queso – a Wisconsin original cured for six to nine months, hand-rubbed with delectable spices, offering buttery, complex flavor CONCANNON CONSERVANCY PETITE SIRAH (California)
  • A must-have for grilled feasts
  • Plummy, blackberry red with hints of white pepper
  • Serve with blackened fish, heavily peppered steaks
Recipe pairing: Portobello Mushroom Club Cheese pairing: Reserve Gouda – smooth and a bit spicy, this Dutch cheese is aged 18 months, giving it a hint of nuttiness ROSENBLUM ZINFANDEL VINTNER’S CUVEE XXXIII (California)
  • Pop open this classic Zinfandel at any summer barbecue
  • Hints of raspberry make it supple and easy to drink
  • Drink when you chow down on saucy barbecue, pizza
Recipe pairing: Barbecued Chicken Cheese pairing: Buttermilk Blue – an impossibly creamy blue, made from the raw milk of predominantly Jersey cows We’ll share more great wines throughout the summer on this blog. Can’t wait? Check out our Top Ten Summer Wines page for a complete list of our featured wines along with cheese and recipe pairings.

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Michele says …

The Concannon Petite Sirah is a favorite amongst my group of friends and a definite must for backyard get togethers. We've never paired it with the Reserve Gouda, so I'll have to try that at our next gathering.

Kat says …

I'd like to try the VALDEMAR TEMPRANILLO and make a dish to go with it. Although the burger sounds perfect.

Kevin Dwinnell says …

Like to see the fish taco pairing. That food can sound scary, but it's amazingly good.

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SuSu says …

Do you have Wine Tastings ? I would like to know a good Chardonnay Wine. I am looking for a La Terre California Chardonnay.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SUSU - It will differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they have wine tastings. Our stores also differ in the wine selections. Your local store would be happy to let you know if they have this in stock.