Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial kickoff to summer – is right around the corner. For most of us, that means it’s time to head outdoors to enjoy our favorite outdoor activities.
In our household, Im more of a drinking wine by the pool or on the rooftop deck kind of outdoors lover, but Brad likes outdoor activities that are…you know, activities — hitting golf balls, going to baseball games, camping.
Luckily, Gran Reserva is the perfect wine for sipping outdoors — especially after your golf outing.
Why do I say that when there are hundreds of wine you could sip after your golf game?
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I love to incorporate great food and drinks into just about every occasion. In my opinion, a homemade gluten-free chocolate naked cake will take a birthday party up a notch, while a festive wine and cheese spread will make a post-golf sip and snack feel like a special event.
Last time Brad and I celebrated our favorite outdoor activities, we paired Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc with cheese, grapes, veggies, hummus and because we were feeling especially wild, some tortilla chips and guacamole.
I love guacamole.
Brad doesn’t love guacamole.
It’s pretty perfect, right?
We had friends over, so we popped both wines, Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon and Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc.
Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Why should you drink this wine? Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is a summer wine — especially after a day of golfing when you might be grilling you your favorite steaks or sausages. It has hints of ripe, red fruits and a little spice, which makes it nice and complex but still highly drinkable.
How should you drink this wine? Room temperature and after a long day at the golf course, on the beach or at the park.
Food Pairings: Pair this with heavy hors d’oeuvres or something fresh off the grill: summer panzanella salad, blue cheese stuffed dates, baked goat cheese marinara dip, feta-stuffed turkey burgers, grilled bacon-mushroom swiss burgers, buffalo chicken burgers.
Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Why should you drink this wine? Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect patio sipper. If your spouse or significant other is the golfer and you’re more interested in the golf club, then this is a great wine to have a glass in the afternoon or pair with your favorite cheese plate.
When should you drink this wine? Poolside. At your favorite golf or beach club. Outdoors. You get the point.
How should you drink this wine? Chilled and crisp — the way every Sauvignon Blanc should be!
Food Pairings: Serve with your favorite small bites. A few of my favorites are Peach Salsa Bruschetta, Pears with Brie Cheese and Prosciutto, Spicy Crab Crisps, Watermelon Gazpacho, Mint & Pea Pesto Crostini.
What are your favorite snacks or hors d’oeuvre pairings to follow-up your tee time?
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