5 Essential Summer Recipes and the Wines to Drink with Them

This post is by Mike Meisner from Sediments – The Last Bottle Wines Blog

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No offense to the other seasons out there, but there is no better time to eat fresh produce and seasonal ingredients than the summertime. We’re talking cookouts with the beats blasting and the wine flowing.

Just looking at a plate filled with summer staples makes the mouth water—the vibrant red of tomatoes, the deep purple of eggplant, the sunny yellow of corn on the cob, the vivid green of just about everything else. Summer ingredients are so good that they often don’t require much preparation at all; simply grill or sear or slice and serve raw with a dash of seasoning. In summer, simplicity is best.

But there are a few classic recipes that
summer just wouldn’t be the same without. Here are five of the summer’s best
recipes—and of course, the perfect wines to pair with them.

Fried Chicken

At the beach, for a backyard barbecue, or at
home …

On the Grill with Rioja Wine, Including Rosado

This post is by Jill Barth from L'OCCASION

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Bodegas LAN D-12 Rioja 2015. Photo Credit: Jill Barth

I’ve been a wine lover since I was in college. Like most, I started out with whatever I could get my hands on and moved around from there. I hear a lot of talk about how millennials are left out of the wine conversation in certain ways, and while I’m sure that’s true, I contend that it was more difficult for young people of my generation (I’m in my 40’s, so Gen X, if we must label) to ‘break into’ the wine world.

No constant internet access, no cell phone, very little in the way of wine writing that was easily consumable — shipping was administered from a catalog! It was hunting and gathering in the truest sense, no real planning ahead (at least for me, and most of my other young professional friends in Chicago).

But there is a bright …

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new Rioja classification, pale Spanish rosé

Slow Food Nations Festival in Denver

This post is by Kathy from Wine Trail Traveler LLC

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Denver, Colorado is the site of the large Slow Food Nations festival  taking place July 19-21, 2019. The theme for this year’s festival is Tradition Meets Innovation. The festival opens on July 19 with the Leader Summit and opening party. On July 20 and 21, Larimer Square in Denver is the location for the festival and the celebration continues with a Taste Marketplace, cooking demos, workshops, family pavilion and interactive food fun.

The Slow Food Nations Festival, which began in 2017, will include talks, workshops, tastings and special events.  Chefs and farmers will be among the many speakers.

According to the info on the Slow Food Nations website, “Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes …

Making a Meal with Wine from South Africa

This post is by Jill Barth from L'OCCASION

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Simonsberg-Stellenbosch. Photo Credit: Erica Moodie/Wines of South Africa

What grows together goes together is an oft-quoted phrase in the wine pairing game. Sure, that’s helpful if you have an idea what sort things grow and thrive in the wine region that’s connected to your bottle.

But if you don’t know, don’t despair. It’s time to do some research. Learning about the foods of place can have transformative effects on enjoying the wine made in the same environment.

Last year I covered the Basque Culinary World Prize and the 2018 winner Jock Zonfrillo. This was an eye-opening experience because the organizers of the prize look at food from a social perspective, as the transmission of prosperity, dignity and culture:

Now in its third year, the prize considers nominees of a particular stature, but contrary to the world of celebrity chefs and restaurant rankings, eligiblity comes from transformative good works in the …

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