Your Wine Guide for Memorial Day Weekend

Written by Gregory Byerline on May 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm
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With Memorial Day weekend the cookout season is here! Start to think about firing up your backyard grills, slapping on hamburgers and hot dogs, smoking ribs, and marinating fish and veggies.

Once our Saturday wedding shoot is in the books, we’re looking forward to relaxing with our little family and some delicious Italian wine.  A friend of mine runs an import business for fine Italian wines, and he offers suggestions for some great wines, which will make your cookout even greater. “{When it comes to choose wine-food pairing,” Andrea comments, “remember to pick a wine that compliments the flavor while not overpowering it.” Check out these recommendations, descriptions, and pairing suggestions.


Morellino di Scansano Poggio TreVValle DOC – 90% Sangiovese, 7% Merlot, 3% Alicante – Organic
Nose of cherries, wildberries and herbs, smooth and full at the palate
Pairs with grilled steak, poultry & pork…anything with lots of BBQ Sauce

Teroldego Pisoni IGT – 100% Teroldego – Biodynamic
Slightly tannic, dry and smooth with dark berry and cherry aromas
Pairs with grilled steak

Piancarda Rosso Conero Garofoli DOC – 100% Montepulciano
Aromas of cherries with an imposing but pleasantly soft structure.
Pairs with grilled meats and aged cheeses


Bianco di Custoza Falasco-Valpantena DOC – Garganega, Chardonnay, Cortese
Light bodied, elegant and delicate
Great wine to open the celebration, good as no food, people-pleasing wine as well as with appetizers and dishes with seafood (shrimps anyone?)

Cataratto ‘Munir’ Valdibella IGT – 100% Cataratto – Organic
Fresh and vivid, good acidic structure, complemented with intense and pleasant fruity flavors
Pairs with grilled vegetables & seafood

Vorteschmack Martin Arndorfer – Austrian 80% Gruner Veltliner 20% Riesling
Crispy, refreshing with high acidity, makes your mouth watering
Ideal pairing for pasta salad, potato salad, eggs, asparagus

Benavides Vigna di Cecilia IGT – 50% Moscato and 50% Garganega
Mineral Moscato perfumes, extremely fresh mouth, full bodied and high minerality
Pairs with cajun seafood, shrimps, etc

All the wines are below $20. To find a wine shop near you that carries these fine wines, drop Andrea an email at 100 Percent Italiano so he can take care of you.

Remember to drink and eat responsibly and decadently. And we close with this great quote: “Where there is no wine, there is no love.” Euripides (480 – 407 bc)





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