Need a last-minute recommendation for a good July Fourth wine? Jonathan Alsop of the Boston Wine School has you covered.
Summer is the month for barbecue and grilling, outdoor shows and picnics. Alsop has queued up his favorite summer sips to go along with all the grilled meat and veggies, or to slip into your bag along with the blankets and chairs.
- Dragonstone Riesling is good for spicy foods and meats.
- Barista Pinotage has serious notes of coffee, and Alsop describes it as "funky, smoky and earthy." Goes well with meat. It's from South African vintners.
- The famous "Two Buck Chuck" — better known as Trader Joe's Charles Shaw — is a reliable and unpretentious summer sip.
- Big House box wines provide portability and durability. Alsop recommends all varieties: red, white, pinot grigio and zinfandel.
For more information about them, visit Boston Wine School's website. You can hear the full interview with Jonathan Alsop below.