This weekend is our last-ditch effort to squeeze another little bit of fun out of the summer. Maybe you’re heading to The Chicago Jazz Festival , the North Coast Music Festival or the African Festival of the Arts. Or maybe you’re heading up to Ravinia or over to Millennium Park to see one of the final concerts of the season.
Whatever your plans, picking the right bottle of wine to go with your elegant, picnic spread is key. If you’re bringing light, summer-like dishes – such as a variety of salads, dips, or cheese in crackers – you’ll probably want to stick with white wine, or possibly rose.
To help you pick out a good bottle, we’ve narrowed down a couple of choices that we think you’ll love. Want other suggestions? Just ask Alan in the Potash Markets wine cellar!
Estampa Estates Viognier – Hailing from the mountains of Chile, this white wine is made with a mixture of Viognier and Chardonnay grapes to create a perfect blend of flavors. You’ll love the crisp, intense fruit flavors, fresh acidity and creamy finish, with aromas of ripe apricots, citrus and green apple. This would be perfect with roasted chicken with lemon and thyme, or roasted vegetables and pita bread.
Aveleda Vinho Verde – Fresh fruit flavors, such as apples and pears, and no oak makes this a bright, refreshing, easy-drinking summer wine. Grown in the coastal region of Portugal, this wine goes great with a salmon salad, paella or soft cheeses.
Canoe Ridge Expedition Chardonnay – This smooth, creamy wine grown in Washington State has a deeper flavor than some of the varieties mentioned above – with aromas of butterscotch, honeysuckle and toast and flavors of ripe pears, peaches and crème brulee on the tongue. The finish lingers, leaving you with a slight toasty flavor in your mouth. Try it with an apple walnut salad or ahi tuna and avocado.
Castello d’Albola Pinot Grigio Friuli Aquileia – If you’re planning on serving a creamy pasta, bright salad or grilled shrimp, you can’t miss with this dry, white wine from Tuscany. Look for aromas of lemon, lime and orange blossom and flavors of peach, melon and grapefruit.
Villa des Anges Rose – We had to add at least one bottle of rose to the mix, and decided to include this salmon-colored vintage from the Languedoc region of France. This classic rose is especially light-bodied, with a fresh, crisp aroma of orange peel, wild strawberry and mineral water, and flavors of strawberry, vanilla and musk. Perfect with salads, seafoods or grilled chicken.