Cool off with whites and reds ideally suited for picnics, grilling, and outdoor parties
1. WILD ROCK "ELEVATION" MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008
New Zealand's Marlborough region is known for its crisply acidic Sauvignon Blanc, but this one (made by the folks who produce top-end Craggy Range wine) has been elevated with dollops of fragrant Viognier and Riesling, which add complexity. The result is refreshing floral fruitiness with an edge of tingling, tart, herbal flavors. One sip gives you goose bumps in addition to the iconic Sauvignon gooseberry flavor.
Grilled Shrimp and Vegetables with Pearl Couscous
Shellfish + a crisp white = a sure thing. And the sauce's fresh herbs complement the Sauvignon's spice.
Orzo, Green Bean, and Fennel Salad with Dill Pesto
Green meets green: Lemongrass, lime, and herbs in the wine hold their own against the dish's strong pesto flavor without overwhelming the vegetables.