If you plan to spend this weekend on a boat or in a backyars overseeing the bbq pit- this week's column has a wine for you!
Julie Glenn, Special to news-press.com12:40 a.m. EDT May 21, 2014
Three-day weekends in Southwest Florida lend themselves to two options: Take to the Gulf waters on a boat, or host a barbecue in your backyard. Whether you choose surf or turf this Memorial Dayweekend, I have some wine suggestions for you.
For the surf:
On the water it is nice to keep things light and bright and there is nothing more refreshing than a bubbly prosecco. Jonette Kessack at Sip & Send in Cape Coral says she just got in a new prosecco called "LaLuca."
At $14.99 it's a great deal for a D.O.C. prosecco from the northeastern region of Italydesignated as the best place to make this sparkler. "It's perfect for days on the water," says Jonette.
"It's a summer go-to wine."
If you want something a little sweeter, try Villa Rosa Moscato d'Asti. It's another Italian sparkler with a fabulous floral nose of honeysuckle and orange blossoms. It's a great buy at Mario's Italian Meat Market for $12.99. You'll be there anyway getting prime cuts for your barbecue anyway, right?
And that brings me to the turf.
Few things cry out for a racy zinfandel the way good barbecue does. I know, I know, sometimes zin can be like that annoying person you want to smack and tell to tone it down, but these days zin is finding a better balance.
Once overdone with huge alcohol and giant fruitiness to match, this all-American wine has been reeled in by a few skilled producers. Still there are two distinct types: fruity and spicy.
For spicy (think black pepper, currant, tart berry flavors) try Rudy zinfandel from Von Strasser Winery. Coming in at around $25, you can find this gem at the Wine Merchant in North Naples.
If you want a big, fruity zinfandel to go with sauce-smothered ribs reach for Saldo. It's from the same people who bring us the blended cult wine "The Prisoner" but it's a single varietal from choice old-vine zinfandel.
With flavors of juicy plums, black fruit and mulling spices, this zin has a smooth velvety mouth-feel in spite of its 15.9 percent alcohol content.
Contact Julie Glenn, freelance writer and president of Slow Food Southwest Florida, at julieglenn.com.