Memorial Day Open Thread

Posted by | Posted in Terroirist | Posted on 05-28-2012

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Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer — a time to head to beach, relax at the pool, finish up the spring yard work, and fire up the grill.

When it comes to wine, the holiday has always reminded me of Thanksgiving. If you’re having people over, your best bet is to open a variety of bottles — some reds (chill ‘em!), some whites, some rosés — and let people enjoy whatever they want.

And don’t forget the beer!

Earlier this week, Eric Asimov urged us to throw away the traditional rules of summertime drinking. In 2010, the Wine Curmudgeon marked the holiday by writing about how much he enjoys rosé. Last year, James Laube wisely suggested opening up some off-dry Riesling, as it’s “a great go-to wine for those occasions where you have a smorgasbord of food.”

So what will you be having? Let us know in the comments!

Comments (2)

  1. Cave la Vinsobraise 2011 rose. It’s 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault. Beautiful for barbecue and salads.

  2. I opened two inexpensive whites: a 2010 Domaine de L’Eule chardonnay from the Languedoc and a 2010 Split Rock Sauvignon Blanc from the South Island of New Zealand. The former was unremarkable — just a middling oaky chardonnay — while the latter was a great representation of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, perfect for the beginning of summer!