The Memorial Day holiday weekend is always the start of cookout season in the A Glass After Work household. This year, while we’re not hosting our own BBQ, we are heading out to several, so Hubby asked me what wines I was planning on bringing. Admittedly, I didn’t have a list put together, but his asking seemed like the perfect opportunity to go through some old posts. Here are 5 crowd pleasers that go nicely with hot dogs and hamburgers without breaking the bank.
The 2005 Lolonis Zinfandel (winery, snooth) is made with organically grown Zinfandel grapes and the winery uses ladybugs for pest control. If you’re headed to a cookout, you can’t go wrong with a California Zinfandel, as the wines tend to be big, bold, and beautiful with high alcohol content. The Lolonis is no exception. I gave the wine 4.5 corks and, while it was given to me as a gift, I’ve found it for $18.
The 2008 Big House Red 3-liter Octavin Home Wine Bar (winery, snooth) is a blend of 13 different red grapes. The wine is a solid, oaked red, so if you see it in a regular sized bottle, don’t hesitate to grab one. I’ve brought the Octavin Big House Red to several parties, and while people are sometimes hesitant to try a boxed wine, once they have a glass, they always come back for more. I’ve never left a party where the box wasn’t empty. I gave the wine 3 corks, and while I received it for a sample, the suggested retail price is $20 for 3 liters (which works out to be $5/bottle).
The 2008 Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio (winery, snooth) is the epitome of a great BBQ wine. It is bright, fruity, and refreshing. It is inexpensive. It is very food friendly. And, it has a winery name and label that could be a fun conversation starter. I gave the wine 4.5 corks and purchased it for $9.
The 2007 Martin Codax Albariño (vineyard, snooth) is a very aromatic wine that has a nice blend of limes and flowers, with a hint of honey. The wine is crisp and refreshing without being too acidic, which makes it easy to drink. It would pair particularly well with both regular and pasta salads. I gave this wine 3 corks and purchased it for $13.
The 2009 Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah (winery, snooth) was made from 100% Syrah grapes and is a perfect wine for a Memorial Day BBQ. Don’t be fooled into think that because this wine is a Rosé that it’s sweet. This wine is what I expect from a good Rosé—nice flavor, good acidity, and a light-to-medium body that was refreshing and flirty. I gave this wine 3.5 corks and while I received this wine as a sample, the suggested retail price is $17.
***While I know it’s not quite Memorial Day, as we are about to enter into the holiday weekend,
I would like to take a moment to remember the amazing men and women who lost their lives while defending America
and send my thoughts to their families.***