The first official barbecue of the season is coming up, and not to get competitive or anything, but this is your chance to set the bar high! Forget about frozen patties and hot dogs — elevate your cookout with recipes and wines that your guests will remember all summer long. We've got some ideas for you…
Grilled Peach Salad
If you've never tried grilling peaches before, you're in for a treat. They get a sweet, smoky, caramelized flavor from a few minutes on the barbie. Throw them on a bed of fresh greens, and you've got the perfect starter to go with the 2015 Le Rusé Renard IGP Côtes de Gascogne White Wine Blend.
Artichokes Stuffed with Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
This eye-appealing vegetarian side of feta, sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes bursts with Mediterranean flavors and will quickly transport you from your backyard to the Tuscan countryside. Some say that artichoke is one of the toughest foods to pair with wine, but we're confident that the 2016 Zeste Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc will do this dish justice!
Turkey Burgers with Brie
Love burgers but trying to stay in shape for swimsuit season? Trade the beef for turkey! This lean option for the grill goes well with the tartness of a Granny Smith apple and melted brie. Incorporating the spicy bite of mustard greens also adds a unique twist. Standing around the grill while waiting for the burgers to cook and enjoying a glass of 2016 Lustra Monterey County Pinot Noir makes for the perfect holiday weekend!