Craft & Cork >> Winemaking

May 22, 2024 | By Mark Wasserman

Summer Wine Essentials

Whether it’s the smoky charm of a barbecue gathering, the idyllic delight of a picnic, the tranquility of lounging on the dock, or the allure of an elegant brunch, summer beckons with endless gatherings – and wine possibilities. Let’s explore the essential wines that turn every summer occasion into a memorable celebration.

For a BBQ 

Throwing a barbecue means serving a wine that’s both crowd-pleasing and perfect with grilled fare. Our pick for the ultimate party guest? A chilled, crisp Sauvignon Blanc style, like our Cru Select New Zealand Style Sauvignon Blanc. Its zesty citrus flavours and herbaceous notes pair perfectly with grilled meats like chicken, fish and vegetables and its lively acidity matches all of our favourite dishes that come seasoned with fresh herbs and herbal marinades.

Garden Picnics

Grab your favourite blanket and head to the nearest green oasis – it’s picnic time! And what’s a picnic without a bottle of wine to set the mood? We love a light style of wine for these occasions, like a Pinot Grigio. Especially sipped with fresh and flavourful dishes that complement the wine’s crispness and acidity. Try our Cru Select Italy Style Pinot Grigio with everything from an antipasto platter to a Caprese salad. It’s lovely with fresh fruit but can’t be beat when sipped on its own, too.

Cottage Weekends 

What wine pairs best with loon calls, cribbage and long weekend getaways? We love versatile styles like our Cru International South Africa Chenin Blanc. Wonderful with a variety of dishes. Try it with creamy cheeses like Brie or Camembert, seafood such as shrimp or scallops, or light salads with fruity vinaigrettes. Red lovers could also consider making a batch of our Cru International French Gamay style, which has been inspired by those famous wines from Beaujolais. Its light body and vibrant acidity pairs excellently with charcuterie boards, grilled salmon or vegetarian dishes like mushroom risotto. Its fruity profile also makes it a delightful match for dishes featuring summery tomatoes or berries. 

Elegant Brunch 

Hosting a brunch? Our En Primeur Pinot Noir Rosé is the perfect pick. Its light and refreshing style won’t overwhelm the midday palate, and its flavours complement a wide range of brunch dishes, from savory egg-based dishes to lighter fare such as salads and seafood. And best of all, its beautiful pink hue adds a touch of elegance to the brunch table. Try serving it with sparkling soda for a gorgeous spritzer! 

Let’s raise our glasses to the symphony of flavours, laughter and warmth that define this season. Cheers to summer, and to the wines and wine styles that make it truly extraordinary.

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