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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Rosés for Memorial Day!


Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) signifies the unofficial beginning of the summer season for most Americans. The weather warms up and we immediately begin to think of leisurely picnics, patio parties and backyard barbecues!

Rosé wines are perhaps the most versatile, food-friendly wines around and provide a great wine value for the money. Despite a serious image problem in recent years (thanks in part to the run of "White Zin"), Rosé wine sales are on the rise as savvy grape gurus have discovered that many of these pink wines fall into the definitively "dry" category and are not sugary sweet. Rosé wine hues come from the short contact time that the grape juice has with the grape skin.

So, "think pink" this weekend and pick up a few bottles of refreshing Rosés to complement scrumptious summer salads and seafood, or even heavier grilled meats. Always serve chilled.

Are you having a big bash this Memorial Day? Well, stretch your wine dollars even further with our quick and easy Strawberry Sangria recipe - it's sure to be the hit of any summer soiree!

Recipe Prep Time: 5 minutes

1 Bottle (750 ml) of Rosé wine (to keep to the Spanish origins of Sangrias, opt for a Rosé from Spain - a Rosado)
1/2 cup white sugar (optional)
1 1/2 cups strawberry lemonade
1 cup sliced strawberries (may use frozen strawberries in a pinch)
2 cups ginger ale

Preparation: Pour wine in the pitcher and add sliced strawberries. Next add sugar, strawberry lemonade and stir gently. Add ginger ale and ice just before serving.

If you'd like to serve your Sangria right away, use chilled wine and chilled ginger ale - serve over lots of ice.


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