Summer Picnic Wines

I found some delicious summer white wines to accompany your next picnic or light lunch. These will keep you cool under the summer sun and save you money since they are all under $15!

A Chardonnay can be both creamy or very light and refreshing. Pair this varietal with white fish, grilled chicken or salad to keep it light.

2009 Four Sisters Chardonnay

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2009 Four Sisters (4/5) – fruity flavors of peach and melon and subtle notes of flowers, apple, fig, lemon and toasty oak. It has a nice balance and smooth finish.

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Hess Chardonnay

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2009 Hess Chardonnay (3.5/5) – offers a smooth, oaky taste with tropical notes of pineapple, apple and pear.

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2009 simi chardonnay

2009 Simi Chardonnay (3.5/5) – a medium bodied wine with the aromatic aroma of fruits – nectarine, pineapple, orange, and green apples. The taste is very balanced with distinct flavors of tangerine, peaches and green apple with hints of vanilla and honey as well as a slight toasty oak.

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2011 Dominican Oaks Chardonnay

2011 Dominican Oaks Chardonnay, unoaked (3.5/5) – aromas of green apple, pear, lemon and tropical fruit with flavors of melon, orange and pineapple. It is a lighter wine with a firm acidity that has a lingering minerality at the finish.

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Sauvignon Blancs are especially refreshing with summer salads.

2009 Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc

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2009 Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc (4/5) – a perfect pairing of refreshing citrus, hints of honeydew and key lime with a crisp fruity finish.

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2011 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc

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2011 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc (3.5/5) – a sharp citrusy New Zealand wine with flavors of lemon, lime and grapefruit accompanied by notes of pear and grass. A nice light wine for the price.

 

 

Want a slightly sweeter but crisp wine you can opt for a Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris. Again it pairs great with seafood, appetizers and salads highlighted with fruit. Here are my daughter’s absolute two favorites.

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2010 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (4.5/5) – This is a dry, crisp and refreshing wine with fruity aromas of citrus, pear and golden delicious apples.

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2008 Kris Pinot Grigio

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2008 Kris Pinot Grigio (4/5) – A light flavorful Italian wine with refreshing notes of apple, peach, pear and melon. It has a very crisp, citrusy taste with hints of  almonds and honey as well as a nice body and soft finish.

 

 

And lastly, try a sparkling viognier, albarino or prosecco for just sipping or to pair with appetizers such as cheese or fruit, a lunch of tuna or chicken salad or with a light dessert.

2010 Casillero del Diablo Voignier

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2010 Casillero del Diablo Voignier (4/5) – a medium-bodied wine with aromas of rose petals, apricots and peaches and creamy flavors of the same along with papaya and just a hint of oak and vanilla.

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2011 Conde Villar Alvarinho.

2011 Conde Villar Alvarinho (4.5/5) – a full, rich wine with complex aromas of jasmine and orange blossoms and refreshing flavors of pear, lemon and melon. Very nicely structured and a smooth finish.

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Riondo Prosecco

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Riondo Prosecco (4/5) – a light bodied, fruity wine that has a wonderful effervescence and a fresh clean taste.  It has subtle, slightly sweet flavors of tangerine, pears and apples and ends with a crisp, citrusy finish.

 

Cheers!

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Lemonade Rice Crispy Treats

Here’s a twist on a classic that you and your little ones are sure to enjoy this summer!

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Lemonade Rice Crispy Treats

Lemonade Rice Crispy Treats – Total Time: 15 minutes – Makes: 15 squares

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  • 6 cups Crispy Rice
  1. Melt butter over low heat in saucepan.  Add marshmallows & stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Add  white chocolate chips and lemon zest to marshmallow mixture and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add Crispy Rice to mixture and stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Spray a 13×9-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour mixture into pan.  Spread out evenly with hands or spoon.
  5. Let cool completely and serve!

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Memorial Day Toppings

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Cheyenne Burger by Bobby Flay

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching and just as luck has it – May is National Barbeque & Hamburger Month!  Everyone has their favorite way to prepare a burger, so today, we bring you 10 homemade condiments to compliment them!  Have a wonderful holiday weekend and please take a moment to give thanks to those brave soldiers that lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

  1. Bloody Mary Ketchup – Mix 3/4 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup horseradish, 2 teaspoons hot sauce, 1 teaspoon celery salt and 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Roasted Garlic Mustard – Wrap 8 cloves garlic in foil; roast 30 minutes at 400 degrees F. Squeeze the garlic out of its skin and puree with 1/2 cup dijon mustard, 1/3 cup maple syrup, and salt and pepper.
  3. Pico de Gallo – Mix 3 chopped tomatoes, 1 diced seeded jalapeno, 1 diced red onion, 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, and salt to taste.
  4. Reuben Sauce – Cook 1 chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped sauerkraut and 1 teaspoon caraway seeds in a saucepan with olive oil until browned, about 8 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons each mayonnaise and ketchup, 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese.
  5. Root Beer Barbeque Sauce – Combine a 12-ounce can of root beer, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup each lemon juice and orange juice, 2 tablespoons each barbecue sauce, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon molasses and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger in a saucepan. Simmer until thick, stirring, 45 minutes.
  6. Spicy Beer Barbeque Sauce – Combine a 12-ounce bottle of beer, 1 cup barbecue sauce, 1 seeded habanero chile, 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos, 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder and 1 clove garlic in a saucepan. Simmer until thick, stirring, 30 minutes. Remove the garlic and chile.
  7. Herb-Ginger Chutney – Puree 1/2 cup each fresh basil, mint and cilantro, 1 tablespoon chopped peeled ginger, 1 seeded jalapeno, 2 tablespoons each chopped onion, lime juice and water, 1 teaspoon each ground coriander, sugar and salt, and 1/4 cup vegetable oil until smooth.
  8. Bacon Onion Relish – Cook 3 slices diced bacon until crisp; remove and reserve. Add 2 sliced onions to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and cook over low heat, covered, 10 minutes. Uncover and cook until golden, 30 more minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped parsley and the bacon.
  9. Olive-Anchovy Mayo – Mix 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives, 4 chopped anchovies, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley and 2 teaspoons dijon mustard.
  10. Avocado-Chile Spread – Spread Puree 1 avocado, 1/2 cup sour cream or crema, 1/4 cup canned chopped green chiles, the juice of 1 lime and 1/2 clove garlic until smooth. Season with salt.

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Full list of 50 homemade all-purpose condiments found HERE.  Photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com and Bobby Flay.  Recipe for Cheyenne Burger HERE.