Hot Grill Summer

Hot Grill Summer

Hot. Grill. Summer. You know we got it lit. I think that sums it up.


1. Schloss Gobelsburg, Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal Riesling 2019 - A Riesling on a list for grilling!? Yes I did. Firstly, Riesling is absolutely delcious. This is not the sweet low alcohol Riesling of yesteryear, this is Austrian and a superb example of classic, clean, and wondefully acidic Riesling. Because of the vibrant acidity Riesling is an excellent pairing with fatty cuts of meat, like the Ribeye. Trust me on this; your mouth will thank you. If you're on the fence, but like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc because of it's freshness and "bite" then this is a wine for you. Instead of citrus flavours like lemon and grapefruit, you'll find flavors of white peach and granny smith apple and white flower blossom in this wine.


2. Fattoria Bibbiani, Chianti Poggio Vignoso 2019 - Fattoria Bibbiani's "wine of the people," Poggio Vignoso as it is known at home, is a simple, delightful crowd pleaser. From the larger region of Chianti from central Tuscany, this wine is the quintessential Italian wine. While it is surprisingly firm (think robust tannin), it is admirably balanced with intense dried cherries and floral notes. Ideally paired with grilled beef,  enhancing the earthy, tobacco and peppery flavors.


3. Marietta Cellars, Family Series Christo Estate Grown North Coast 2017 - Every summer, despite the heat needs a big wine for big barbeques. This is it. If you're a ran of huge expressions of tar, cocoa powder, violets and structure, this Syrah-based wine is for you! It is brightened by vibrant Grenache, lengthened by Petite Sirah, and lifted aromatically via co-fermentation with Viognier. Named and styled after Marietta’s founder, Chris Bilbro, called "Christo" by his great Aunt, this wine is gentle but powerful, pleasurable but deep, and refined while raw.


4. La Quercia, Puglia Aglianico 2020 - “Along with Nebbiolo and Sangiovese [Chianti], Aglianico is generally believed to be on of Italy’s three best wine grapes, but in my opinion it is far more…” –Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy. Pronouced, “alli-yawn-nico”, is a full-bodied red wine which is found almost exclusively in Southern Italy in the regions of Campania and Basilicata. Sometime in the 1960s, winemaker Antonio Lamona took the family's small, self-sustaining, farm and vineyard organic. "I want to make wines that please the body and the spirit," says Lamona. His deft craft of this great grape of Italy is the perfect pairing for anything off the grill slathered in BBQ sauce, perfectly suited for North Carolina style mustard based sauce, but will find a happy place with any sauces you care to enjoy.