If Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, then it's a great day to remember some new delicious wines I've tasted recently.
If you are planning a picnic, or hanging out on the deck or patio, here are some fun wines that will leave a lingering impression:
If sparkling is on the agenda, here's the real deal (literally and figuratively) from Champagne. The Paul Dethune N/V Brut ($49) comes from a small grower-producer using all estate Grand Cru fruit.
When it comes to having a crisp refreshing white to enjoy as an aperitif, or to go with salads and seafood, the 2014 Josef Hogl Gruner Veltliner is the go to wine. Mineral-driven, with hints of white paper and ginger, take one taste and you will know why this is a wine you'll remember.
Can't decide if you want white or red? Perhaps a rosé is the answer, but not all rosés are created equal. The 2016 Chateau Vannieres Bandol Rosé ($30) is no ordinary rose. Made from 100% Mourvedre, it has a weight, texture, and array of flavors that makes it stand out in a crowded field.
And speaking of grilling on the holiday weekend, what could be better than an old vine zin from Lodi. A new selection in the store, the 2015 Mettler Family Vineyards "Epicenter" old vine Zinfandel ($20) is packed with fruit and spice, and everything nice! You might not remember the name, but I guarantee you'll remember the wine.
– Paul Birman, Wine & Spirits, Buyer & Drinker