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Great Wines for Summer Grill Nights

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Since I’ve declared this week, “Grill Week” here in the Boonies, I realized quite a few of us might enjoy a recommendation for a nice wine to sip with the lovely recipes I’ll be serving up. I went to my friend and local wine guru, Denny Jiosa, and asked him to turn us on to a few nice bottles. Here is Denny’s wonderful contribution to “Grill Week”.

Welcome to the next installment of Jammin’ Jiosa’s Wine Notes. My good friend and food aficionado, Susan Williams, from Wild Life in the Woods, has invited me to share wine tips for pairing great and affordable wines with her tasty recipes. 
 Summertime and the living is easy…..and so is the wine. I know friends who say, “I only drink red wine”. I used to be that way until I discovered the beauty of a well made white. There are definitely some interesting white wines available.
Today I offer you a choice of 3 wines to complement summertime recipes, or just to sip and enjoy. All three wines are under $13.00 each! 
Let’s start with an Italian white called Cavalchina Bianco di Custoza, from Veneto, Italy. Only $9.99, however it taste twice the price!! This wine is a blend of a four grape varietal including Garganega 40%, Fernanda 30% (Custoza clone), Trebbiano 15%, Trebbianello 15%. It is light and refreshing with bright zip on the palate and delightful hints of lemon citrus characters,honeysuckle,and apple fruit. This is a simple yet elegant wine. Try it with baked or grilled fish or a four cheese pizza with fresh tomato and basil!
Now let’s move from Italy to Chile. This awesome white wine is from Junta winery and is their Viognier / Sauvignon Blanc / Chardonnay blend. This wine is exceptional. Often times Sauv Blanc can be grassy and somewhat tart from grapefruit overtones. Not this one, it is smooth and silky on the palate. Great flavors of floral hints, citrus, and tropical fruits. Chill it, open it and sip it or serve it with seafood or a cold salad! Delightful and refreshing. A must try for $12.99!
I confess, my favorite summertime evening meal is a grilled burger! Nothing is better than a great red wine with red meat. 
Picture by Adrianna Jiosa
Remember, red wines can actually have a slight chill on them ( they will warm up fast anyway due to the weather), best to  serve them at around 55 degrees which truly “room temp”. I just tried Evodia from Spain. This is 100% Old Vine Grenache and was rated 90 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. It has dark berries on the nose, blueberry and black pepper along with smoke and mocha. This is a “hot” wine at 15% alcohol so it would not hurt to open it and let it breath for 20-30 minutes before serving. AWESOME value for  $9.99!
If you are in the Nashville area be sure and stop by the great new wine store RED Spirits and Wine, located in Bellevue,TN. All of the wines mentioned here are available at RED!
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