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Father’s Day Wine Recommendations

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Father’s Day is just a few days away. You still have enough time to pick up a special wine for your favorite dad, grandfather, uncle, brother, or anyone else for that matter. If you are grilling for Father’s Day, here are some wine and food pairing recommendations that everyone will enjoy.

Anything coated with barbecue sauce, with its smoky, spicy, and typically sweet flavors is a challenge for wine pairings. Try a young, bold, fruity, and spicy red wine, such as Zinfandel, American Syrah or Aussie Shiraz, or a French Côtes du Rhone. They will stand up to the barbecue flavors.

If hamburgers are the favorite food of the day then just about any red wine will pair nicely (although I wouldn’t suggest opening that special aged bottle you’ve been saving for a special occasion). Beaujolais, slightly chilled (chilling brings out the fruitiness in this wine) is a good choice, especially when the weather is a bit on the warmer side.

Here are a few wine selections that just might be winners.

Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2005: This wine is from the coolest part of McLaren Vale. It has concentrated flavors of blackberry and plums, with hints of spice and soft silky tannins.

Georges Duboeuf 2005 Fleurie Flower Label: This Beaujolais has a wonderful, spicy taste of black cherries that is very fruit forward. It will pair well with pork, ham and chicken.

Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2007: This has a light straw color. The fresh stone fruit, citrus and herbs mingle with floral accents. It is a zesty, medium body with citrus, melon and herb flavors. This will pair nicely with the spicy dishes, or light fish with citrus.

Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc 2006: This is a fresh and crisp wine with a lively body and lingering finish. Serve chilled with acidic dishes such as salads and vegetables, and shellfish and seafood or chicken with a light sauce.

Don’t shy away from Rose.  A good rose combines the crispness of white wine (serve chilled) with the flavors of some of the red fruits typical of red wine. This rose is excellent.

Francis Coppola Sofia Rose 2007: Sofia Rose is a refreshing rose wine with aromas of rose petals and fresh strawberries and flavors of black cherry, raspberry and strawberry with lively acidity. It is a perfect partner for savory summer fare such as spicy grilled chicken or a nicoise salad.




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