Wine To “Grab-N-Go”

Memorial Day – that’s when it started.  “Tis the season to be jolly”… well jolly, yes, of course!  But no, it’s not the Christmas season, although there are some folks who celebrate Christmas in July, but I am not going there right now.  No, I am talking about My new season. Tis’ the season to “Grab-N-Go!”  You know, you get that phone call right before you leave work for the day, or your neighbor catches you outside while you are getting your mail or mowing the grass and says “hey, a few of us are getting together in an hour for a couple of drinks out on our deck, come on over.”  Cool! Of course you want to go.  First of all, it is summer, very warm temps and you get to be outside.  Second, you do not want them talking about you behind your back.  Third, but best of all, the word “drinks” sends off that spark on your palate.  Not going to miss this one!  Now, what is in the frig that I can take over, as I try never to go empty handed.  No problem, since it is “Grab-N-Go” season, I always have a couple of extra bottles of wine in the frig for these occasions.  These are bottles of wine that I have stuck in the back just in case I “get the call”. 

Most of the wines I keep on hand for “the call” are inexpensive white wines, usually under $15.00.  I am a big fan of Australian and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, so I have on hand for your pleasure a bottle of top notch Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, from Marlborough, New Zealand.  Generous amounts of citrus fruit on the palate, grapefruit at its best.  It also had that signature New Zealand “grassy” flavor that dances around your mouth on a hot summer day.

You cannot go wrong with a nicely chilled, refreshing Portuguese wine, say a Casal Garcia Vinho Verde that has loads of fresh, crisp fruit flavors and that effervescence that puts a “ting on your tongue”.  At a price of $6.00, you can keep a couple of bottles on hand for “the call”.

Or, how about a Le Rime Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio from Castello Banfi.  This wine from Tuscany is a mix of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Grigio.  This lovely “thirst quencher” puts a nice proportion of bright, tangy, lemon and green apple flavors in your mouth.  And coming in at a price of $8.99 a bottle, gotta keep a bottle of this in the stash!

These are just a few wines that live in my refrigerator during the summer just waiting for “the call” to “Grab-N-Go!”  Let me know your favorite “Grab-N-Go” wines.  I may have to give the ones I have some more company on the shelf!


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Hi there! Funny that you mention the Casal Garcia, I have a bottle of that chilling in my fridge right now, but have yet to try it…Great post! You are so right, it is always best to be prepared with something cold for a last minute invitation in the summer. Must go drink my Garcia now, thanks for the tip! Anne