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Wines for Early Summer Sipping

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Today my friend Denny Jiosa, wine connoisseur  and jazz guitarist extraordinaire is recommending some great wines for early summer. The recipe I’ve chosen to pair with these offerings is Grilled Ratatouille Pasta, and you can find that here. Or, you can just enjoy in one of my most favorite ways to enjoy a glass of wine: a loaf of crusty artisan bread, with a little butter or olive oil. Mmmm…
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou…
However you like to enjoy wine, here are some thoughts and excellent suggestions from Denny:
Jammin Jiosa’s Wine Notes
with Denny Jiosa
Spring has definitely sprung. The early days of summer have arrived. It’s hot, it’s humid, and time for grilling out! 
I must admit, I have never been a fan of rosé wines. Some are too sweet, many of them just are not appealing on the nose, let alone the palate. However, my opinion has changed. I have recently tasted several “dry” rosés that were very tasty and perfect for warm weather. One in particular I loved is Rosato di Refosco from Bastianich. It is 100% Refosco grapes from the Friuli–Venezia Giulia Italy region. This wine has great fruit and structure with flavors of wild strawberries, rose petals, and orange peel. I know why I liked it so much, aside from it tasting so darn good: it is a rosé for the red wine lover! With its medium weight on the palate, its structure is like a light red wine!
 Chill it down and serve it with grilled chicken, grilled eggplant, and mozzarella cheese or just enjoy it on it’s own while relaxing on the patio! Here’s a link to the recipe Susan chose, Grilled Ratatouille Pasta.  This recipe incorporates both the eggplant that I mentioned, plus the mozzarella, and, you get to use your grill, which is one of the nicest parts about early summer.
Grilled Ratatouille Pasta, and a nice rosé.
I know I have said it before, but I LOVE Australian Shiraz! I have a new favorite and great value for you.  Small Gully “The Formula” from Robert’s vineyard. 
I love what these guys do with their wines. They have several to choose from so investigate their selections and try them all!  “The Formula” is 100% Shiraz from the Adelaide Plains region . It is deep in color, full in body and bursting with blackberry, leather, tobacco flavors, and it’s kissed with a hint of vanilla. Thirty-six months in American oak barrels adds to the smoothness and beauty of this delicious wine. Thirsty yet? Hope you’re hungry too….serve it with grilled steak! Here’s a link to what  Susan says is the best steak she’s ever had in her life, and how you can have that expensive steakhouse flavor at a fraction of the price, through dry aging regular choice meat.
Dry aging steak is easy, and unbelievably delicious. Enjoy the best steak you’ve ever had with your glass of shiraz!
Start the grill, grab that someone special, turn on the jazz, and pop the cork! Remember, you need great music to complete your wine experience, please visit  and get your copies today! 

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