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Summer Wines for Dining & Entertaining

Great wine options that are the perfect balance of quality and cost

By Spreti Valente
Published on LatinoLA: July 16, 2016

Summer Wines for Dining & Entertaining

Summer is meant for celebrations with friends and family, beautiful weather and culinary delights. Light, fresh, delicious meals are in order and pairing them with the right wine is key to creating the best al fresco dining experience! The following wine guide has been carefully crafted to enjoy the season to the fullest.

When July rolls around, it is time to drink bubbly! With Masquerade Prosecco, a sparkling wine from Veneto, Italy, you get a very versatile wine for refreshing and easy drinking. When you take the first sip, you may even feel like you are taking a bite from a delicious summer fruit at its peak of freshness; reminiscent of juicy peaches, crisp yellow apples and even pears. Its delicate notes make it a perfect wine to drink with Sunday brunch or pair it with a delicious salad topped off with apricots or peaches. You can also use it to delight your friends with a Bellini, a delicious Italian sparkling wine-based cocktail. To make a Bellini, simply puree fresh peaches, drop a spoonful of the pureed fruit into a champagne flute and top it off with this prosecco.

White wines are also in order during warm weather and For a Song Chardonnay makes the top of the list for the season. Straight from the mighty vineyards of Washington, this wine that will pair nicely with grilled fish, especially if your marinade includes fresh herbs and lemon. The citrus and green apple notes from this wine are a nice accompaniment for a light summer meal, including vinaigrette salads. If you love shellfish, try grilling lobster or shrimp and pair it with a glass of this Chardonnay. This wine is also perfect for corn on the cob topped off with butter. Another fantastic option is the rich aromatic Chateau Julien Chardonnay wine, which features notes of ripe pineapple, butterscotch, yellow apples and lemons that jump out of the glass, and also makes a delicious combination for seafood and other light summer fare.

Red wine lovers can also find amazing selections that are perfect for grilled red meats as well as vegetarian dishes. A great pick if you are entertaining a crowd this summer is Chateau Julien Merlot, as it has popular raspberry notes, medium body, yet very silky tannins and a smooth finish. This wine pairs nicely with carne asada (grilled skirt steak) or an assortment of grilled vegetables. If you prefer Cabernet, then you must try Sunstar Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. It is lush with red fruit notes of cherries, raspberries, and a finish that is reminiscent of coffee grounds. The red wine selections on this list make great beverage options for a variety of red meats including steak, pork, and even game meats. If you like your food with a bit more spice, these wines can handle the challenge.

For those that enjoy red blends, Old Red is highly recommended choice to support local sourcing, as it is made by combining a mystery number of grapes from different vintages and different locations from all over California. From the delicious flavors, it is easy to taste that only selected grapes and vintages were chosen to make this wine. You will find notes of blackberries, raspberries, plum, leather, fine acidity and a lovely finish. This wine is great for bold red wine lovers and can be enjoyed with hamburgers or grilled sausages.

Best of all, all of these wine options are the perfect balance of quality and cost. You can find them along with 150 other domestic and imported selections at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market locations in the greater Los Angeles area for up to 80% off during their Wine Event from Wednesday, July 20th-July 26th. This summer, whether you choose to go outside and grill your heart out, or if you decide to take a night off and order take out, be sure to enjoy it with a great wine. Cheers!

About Spreti Valente:
Certified Wine Sommelier & Grocery Outlet Wine Expert
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