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Memorial Day weekend is not far away from us now, but unfortunately, unlike every year, this year will most likely not be an outdoor wine and barbeque weekend. Due to the pandemic in hand, social distancing is what we are focusing on, therefore avoiding the outdoors, and meeting others. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little bit of sun at home, perhaps in your balcony, yard, or with the windows down? And what would sun be without a glass of wine?
Here are 10 wines you can order online for Memorial Day weekend, as you sip them indoors and remember the heroes of our country.
We all need a little bit of sparkle, and this sparkling wine is going to give you exactly that. The zesty Austrian wine has notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit with a noticeable spice and a long finish. Just perfect to add that oomph to your day. Pour yourself a glass, and enjoy it with a perfect pairing of fresh salads and mature cheeses. Visit their website.
A German Riesling along with Tex-Mex, or a good pulled pork sandwich, or anything spicy for that matter is the exact combination you need right now to get rid of your quarantine blues. This sweet wine is not only a bliss on the tongue, but it’s aromatic expression soothes the nose in all the right ways. With apples and lime on the nose, Armand Riesling Kabinett is perfect for your weekend in. Visit their website.
A little more sparkle. But we all know, what’s summer without sparkle? This delightful sparkling wine will leave you wanting more with its notes of green apple, lime, white peach and a hint of sage. What’s better than sipping some Prosecco with your Memorial Weekend brunch? And let’s not forget that Zonin Prosecco has not only won a gold medal at the 2019 Sommelier’s Choice Awards, but is also awarded the official Prosecco of National Brunch Day. Visit their website.
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc is an impeccable blend that captures bright citrus flavors of grapefruit and lemongrass. On the nose, it’s grassy and will give you the perfect summer feel, along with a long, clean finish. If you’re a goat cheese lover, then this Sauvignon Blanc should be your ideal Memorial Day weekend wine. And of course, let’s not forget the beautiful pairing of seafood that this wine boasts. Visit their website.
Elegant, Russian River Valley Chardonnay with notes of lemon, apple, pear and tangerine. Barrel fermented by native yeast and aged in 50% new French oak. What else do you even need? Along with your glass of Chardonnay, you might want to whip up some creamy pasta and enjoy the wine to its fullest. Visit their website.
Leopard’s Leap Chenin Blanc is known for its ripe fruit character, boasting its ripe white peach and melon aromas. Hints of oak give this wine its structure and make it a unique food companion. This fresh and fruity Chenin Blanc is perfect for a range of salads, vegetables, and also a great pair with desserts. Visit their website.
Champagne Henriot’s website describes this perfectly by saying “a pastel sky, the perfume of summer, the silky shine of home-grown, red berry fruits: pleasure is all about nuances”, and we couldn't agree more. Brut Rosé by Henriot is exquisitely nuanced and full of surprises. Intense and playful, its delicate copper-pink appearance is enough to put a spring in your stride, while the Pinot Noir structure brings exquisite balance. And who doesn’t love a bit of rosé during the summer. Visit their website.
Okay red wine lovers, we didn’t forget about you. Yes, yes summer is all about the whites and the pinks - but a classic red is timeless. This syrah by Hedges Cellars is what syrah is all about. The classic styled syrah has a strong sense of dried, woody spice, across a wealth of rich blackberries. The palate has a savory tilt and delivers a spicy thread of quite elegant dark-berry flavor. And let's not forget that this syrah grabbed the Wine of the Year award at the 2019 Sommelier’s Choice Awards. Visit their website.
Another pink for our rosé lovers out there. According to their website, this pink is “A vibrant, expressive rosé that combines zestful aromas with an intense freshness allowing the fruit to fully embody the wine”, and that’s all we want during this summer. It’s getting hot, and we want something we can chill - and what’s better than a glass of pink? Visit their website.
Ending with a classic red, Rutherford Ranch’s pinot noir, according to their website is known for “a sweet sage and cherry bouquet with notes of toasted oak and dark roasted coffee, with subtle flavors of dried cherry, vanilla, berries and fresh rosemary. Crisp acidity is balanced with robust tannins for a mouth-filling texture and long, luxurious finish. Richly textured with balanced acidity, silky tannins and a smooth, lingering finish”. Enjoy this red with richly flavored dishes like pan-seared salmon, braised short ribs or a Parmesan portobello risotto. Visit their website.