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 RanchCheese 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 BaconCheese pairing: Gran Queso – a Wisconsin original cured for six to nine months, hand-rubbed with delectable spices, offering buttery, complex flavorCONCANNON 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 ClubCheese pairing: Reserve Gouda – smooth and a bit spicy, this Dutch cheese is aged 18 months, giving it a hint of nuttinessROSENBLUM 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 ChickenCheese pairing: Buttermilk Blue – an impossibly creamy blue, made from the raw milk of predominantly Jersey cowsWe’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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