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Last minute wine selections for the perfect Labor Day feast!

Written By | Sep 2, 2017

SEATTLE – September 2, 2017 — It’s never too late to get out there and snag a tasty bottle of wine for the perfect pairing for the outdoor grilling so many Americans do on Labor Day. The great thing about wine is that there’s quite literally a style for every kind of food known to mankind and this small sampling of wines amasses from around the globe should help get you pointed in the right direction, based on the kind of cuisine you plan on serving up!

Sparkling Wine:

Of course, there’s always a great time for bubbles and what is more festive than a great bottle of sparkling wine from an American producer to celebrate Labor day with? Mumm Napa has you covered:

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige:
This beautiful-tasting wine uses 45% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Gris to develop a rather complex flavor profile that doesn’t disappoint. On the palate you’ll be greeted with lovely flavors of vanilla, lemon, grapefruit, red delicious apples, pear, peach with hints of gingerbread and honey.

Mumm Napa Brut Rosè:
To get its gorgeous pink hue, this sparkler uses 80% Pinot Noir with only 20% Chardonnay with a touch of that Pinot coming in at the end to add the color. The immediate hit of fresh baked bread covered in fresh black cherries begs you to pound it. Other flavors that dance on the palate include, raspberry, strawberry and citrus. Pairs superbly with salmon or smoked meats.

G.H. Mumm Champagne:
One of the very few American sparkling wines grandfathered into the ability to use the word, Champagne, on the bottle this wine doesn’t disappoint. It harnesses Pinot Noir, Chardonnay with a splash of Pinot Meunier to kick it up a few notches. On this one, you’ll get notes of fresh apricots, along with some mango and kiwi action as well. Other notes include vanilla, toast, caramel and bread crumbs.


While Rosè does indeed go with most every kind of food out there, it lends itself particularly well to grilled chicken, pork, cured meats and pizzas.

2016 Onyx Rosè: France:
Easily one of the more interesting Rosè wines you’re likely to find due to the fascinating salinity of the flavor profile. The winery claims this comes from its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea but of course we know that’s simply nonsense. It exhibits notes of white flowers, red fruits, watermelon and light strawberry.

2016 Monolithos Rosè – Bairaktaris Winery – Greece:
From Greece comes this exciting rosè and For those who geek out about a wine’s color this rose has a bright red hue to it, due to the longer skin contact. It’s flavors of strawberries, cherries and a splash of watermelon make it very lively on the palate with a good amount of acidity to help cleanse your palate for the next bite of food!

2015 Chateau Paradis Rosè – France:
A gorgeous blend of Grenache and Syrah combine to give you long-lasting flavors of floral notes, light citrus, fresh berries and some really nice minerality. A perfect pairing for grilled artichokes, mushrooms or even roasted cod.

2015 Otella Roses Roses:
Here’s a very food-friendly bottle from Italy which uses three widely unheard of grapes – Corvina, Lagerin and Rodinella. The grapes are grown in the San Benedetto di Lugana area, just about 90 miles west of Venice. The combination of acidity, floral notes, white peach, berries and melon will entice your tongue to hit it time and time again.

2016 Peregrine Rosè:
A superb wine, all the way from New Zealand and delivers sublime flavors of fresh watermelon, strawberries, cherries, creamsicle and some very beautiful floral notes as well. This wine is so tasty, you may just want to drink it all by itself without any food. In all seriousness, it would pair very well with creamy cheeses, smoked sausages and antipasta.


White wines are a no-brainer choice when eating many cheeses, olives and many kinds of salads.

2014 Caparzo Chardonnay – Italy
It’s not too often most of us find Italian wine with Chardonnay in its blend here in America, so this wine was especially intriguing. The other three grapes used here are Trebbiano, Moscato and Vermentino. Inviting notes of Turkish apricots, white peach, pears, toasted hazelnut, starfruit and mango. Since it does contain the Moscato, it’s not a dry wine at all – it does have some sweetness to it which lends itself to pair with with any kind of fresh fruit and spicy asian flavors.

2015 Ragotiere, Muscadet Black Label – France
The Melon de Bourgogne grape isn’t very well-known by many wine consumers but it’s one I hope you’ll become more familiar with. It does very well in the Loire Valley of France and this particular grape is grown not too far from the Atlantic Ocean. Doses of lemons, nectarines and white peach hit the palate with a nuance of some stellar minerality. A no-brainer pick for Oysters, white fish, crab or lobster.

2015 Beringer Regional Estates – Napa Valley Chardonnay
A great-tasting Chardonnay that exhibits some bright citrus notes along with a hint of minerality, and stone fruit – such as pear and apple. It has a solid mid palate transition that lingers on quite well into the finish. Good body, mouthfeel and acidity make it an easy-drinking Chardonnay.


For many, grilled red meats are a must-have on Labor day weekend and for those kinds of dishes, it’s hard to beat a tasty red with nice tannin structure to hit the spot.

2014 V. Sattui La Merica – Napa Valley
A real zinger of a blend that includes Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet and Mourvedre. Bold, powerful notes of black cherry, black currant, blueberries, violets and black tea. The sheer weight of this wine helps it power through grilled beef and lamb faster than a class five tornado. It’s a wine that begs to be paired with smoked meats or grilled meats of whole lump charcoal.

2014 August Kesseler, Pinot Noir – Germany
A light-bodied Pinot done much in the way we’d think of a classic Burgundian Pinot. It brings with it some notes of cherries, black currant, peppercorns, sage and rhubarb. If you’re considering smoked charcuterie, cheese or snacks that use any kind of tomato product, this is your wine.

2014 Beringer – The Waymaker Red – Paso Robles
This scrumptious, Syrah-dominant red also has some Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Mourvèdre. It hits you up-front with a cascading tidal wave of blueberry, cherries, pomegranate, cassis and a hint of tar. It’s medium body structure sets it up to carry everything from a meat-lovers pizza, to a burger or grilled lamb and beef.

2014 Marqués de Cáceres Red Rioja – Spain
A beautiful, lively red from the Rioja region in Spain, this wine has softer tannins with flavors of raspberries, cherries and spice. Pairs great with flatbreads, antipasta dishes, grilled veggies, rice dishes and grilled seafood.

There you have it folks, a great sampling of wines, gathered from around the globe to help you pick-up some last-minute bottles to compliment your Labor Day meals. It’s an amazing world of wine out there and while you may or may not find these exact wines in your local stores, you can at least search for some of the varietals and regions represented here. Salutè!

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Duane Pemberton

Duane Pemberton is a lifestyle writer and CDNs Auto Editor. Pemberton loves anything that helps bring people together which is why he writes about food, wine, cars, and travel.