What are your Memorial Day plans? On this iconic American holiday, it looks like my family may be watching our town’s parade, taking the boat out for a spin around the lake, and firing up the grill. This year I have one job to do…choose the wine. And that, of course, is the stress-free job I love! Because our family and friends have such varied preferences, I always try to have plenty of wine to please everyone’s palate.
Our simple menu will consist traditional southern style deviled eggs, light cheeses and crackers, and fresh fruit for appetizers. Mr. Grape Experiences plans to barbecue shish kebabs marinated with a lemon and honey vinaigrette then skewered with green peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes. I’m thinking a fluffy rice pilaf and savory spinach salad may be perfect sides and an apple cobbler for dessert will be on hand.
And the wines for pairing? I decided this year to choose those that are just as eclectic as the Americans who made this country great. I think the following flag waving choices will please everyone.
Kaiken Terroir Series Torrontes 2014 (sample) – From the Cafayate Valley of the Salta Region of Argentina, this 100% Torrontes is from old vineyards planted at 1600 meters where the cool climate helps produce lovely aromas and acidity. Wafting from the glass were intense aromas of florals, stone fruits and oranges. Delicious with a cheese course as well as spice rubbed meat, I loved the refreshing tastes of tropical fruit and apricots. Food friendly acidity in this unoaked wine will be a crowd pleaser. The price will be, too, at only $10.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day and raise your glass to those fearless Americans who fought for our freedom.
Cheers! ~ Cindy