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July 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Burchard

Thrill the Grill

 

There is nothing like grilling and drinking Baldacci wine with family and friends during the long summer days. You may think more beer and barbecue, but I like wine. It has the intensity, body, aroma and flavor to complement almost anything you can grill over a fire. Before the guests arrive, I start early by chilling a bottle of Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. I also prepare an easy appetizer by throwing a couple of seasoned pitas on the grill. I let them get just enough color on each side before cutting them up into bit-size triangles.  These make the perfect cracker to enjoy with hummus, which pairs well with a refreshing glass of Baldacci's Gewurztraminer.  The clean and dry style Gewuztraminer will complement the creaminess of the hummus.
 

 

 

Summer grilling season often means super fresh fare of veggies to go around. I love making veggie skewers, they are easy and delicious. Pick out some of your summer favorites and slice them into big pieces. I prefer bell peppers, zucchini and mushrooms.  I also love to grill corn on the cob with lots of butter! These skewers and corn taste amazing with either Baldacci's Sorelle Chardonnay or Elizabeth Pinot Noir. Both these wines are grill friendly and are capable of handling all sorts of barbecue favorites.

 

 

The protein is one of the best parts of grilling.  Browns Valley Market has some of the best meat in Napa. Anything you get from there is always tender and delicious. I usually like to grill hamburgers or a tri-tip or steak.  The best wine to enjoy with these types of meat are Baldacci's Black Label Cabernet or Syrah. The big bold flavors in these wines are mellowed by the meat's fat; while at the same time the salt in the meat will also help intensify the fruit creating a palate pleaser to remember. These wines definitely shine at any barbecue gathering!

So next time you find yourself pulling out the grill remember it's also a nice time to pull out the wine. Enjoy!


 

 

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