Le Loup Dans la Bergerie

Today’s high is going to 94 degrees here in Denver. With Memorial Day Weekend approaching, I’ve got barbeque on my mind.  Although beer is a great beverage choice, don’t overlook the many excellent wines that go beautifully with the bounty of the day.  Lighter wines are perfect for sitting on the deck before dinner.  Vinho Verde, the subject of my previous blog, is a great choice.  The freshness of the fruit, the acidity, and the pétillance of the wine make it delightfully refreshing.

In my quest to write as little new material as possible, I’ll mention another good choice — Rosé, the subject of my blog prior to the one on Vinho Verde.  The strawberry and melon flavors in a dry, light-bodied wine also perfectly complement many of the foods served, such as chicken, burgers, and salads.

For the red drinker, lighter style reds make more sense before food is served.  Pinot Noir, Beaujolais (from the Gamay grape), and Schiava (an indigenous varietal from northern Italy) are all wonderful.  I also suggest an extraordinary wine from Pic St Loup in the south of France — Le Loup Dans la Bergerie(literally, The Fox in the Sheep Pen). This is a medium bodied wine...

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