Wow, summer is starting to wind down. It seems as though we had a very short summer with all the cool weather and rain we had in June and part of July.
The only way to 'get even' is to pump up the activities for Labor Day weekend. I'm starting my prep this week by getting all my drinks together. I can shop for the food next week and then relax.
Depending on how many of us will be gathering I will have more than enough time to set up the deck with lounge chairs and place the coolers holding the drinks strategically around the deck.
My drinks will be the beer of choice for the majority and some white wines and roses. The non-alcoholic iced tea and sparkling water will be center stage on the tables.
Choosing wines that will go well with barbecue can be daunting. There are many schools of thought on what wines will go with salads, barbecue, and grilled seafood.
I like to make it easy by preparing foods that will go with two kinds of wine. Sometimes that is not always easy, but I've been working on this cooking style for crowds for a long time and more often than not it works.
Some easy pairing tips when you are serving salads with citrus fruits, dressings and/or vinegars, or fish and seafood with lemon, choose a wine that has a strong acidity. My favorite food-friendly go-to wine is a Sauvignon Blanc. I like the New Zealand or South African styles, but you can choose any wine region you like.
Choosing a red wine might be a little more challenging if you are serving different meats like beef, pork or even chicken since you might be using different flavored marinades.
However, you can get around this by choosing the ever food-friendly rose wines. Rose wines are versatile because they are lighter like white wines, but have the complexity of red wines.
For more wine pairing tips check out these helpful tips.
Follow my posts this week for an easy salad recipe and dessert for Labor Day with wine pairings and wine recommendations for a successful Labor Day celebration.