Savor the Summer with RayLen Vineyards Wine Pairings

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Summer is all about lazy afternoons, bright sunshine, and the satisfying smells of grilled food wafting through the air. Whether it’s a weekend cookout with friends and family or a weekday dinner on the deck, summer food is simple, flavorful, and best enjoyed with a good bottle of wine. At RayLen Vineyards, we are passionate about wine and food pairings that enhance the flavors of your meal and elevate your experience. In this post, we’ll take you on a journey through some of our favorite RayLen Vineyards wines and grilled food pairing ideas for your next summer gathering.

Chardonnay and Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Chardonnay is a great match for grilled shrimp skewers, as the wine’s fruity and zesty notes complement the sweet, succulent flavor of the shrimp. For an added kick, try marinating the shrimp in a mixture of olive oil, garlic, herbs, and lemon before skewering them. Serve with a side of grilled veggies like zucchini, bell pepper, and onion for a complete meal.

Our RayLen Vineyards Chardonnay has a bright acidity and a subtle oak undertone that pairs well with grilled seafood. The wine’s aroma of green apple and poached pear make it a refreshing summer drink. Try it with this grilled shrimp skewer recipe.

Sangria and Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Sangria is a fruity, refreshing drink that pairs well with grilled chicken kabobs. The wine’s sweet and citrusy flavors make for a perfect match with the spices and char from the grill. We recommend using boneless, skinless chicken breast, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms for the kabobs. Marinate the chicken in a mixture of olive oil, garlic, and rosemary for a few hours before grilling to enhance the flavors. Serve your kabobs with a side of brown rice or quinoa for a healthy, filling meal.

RayLen Vineyards Sangria is made with a blend of red wine, berries, and citrus that create a refreshing, sweet-tart flavor. It is the perfect wine to cool down on a hot summer day! Try it with this grilled chicken kabob recipe, which can be easily increased or decreased to accommodate any number of guests.

Rosé of Cabernet Franc and Grilled Salmon

Rosé of Cabernet Franc is a versatile, light-bodied wine that pairs well with grilled salmon. The wine’s crisp acidity and fresh fruit flavors complement the rich, buttery taste of the salmon. We recommend grilling the salmon with a lemon, dill, and parsley marinade (like this one) for a citrusy, herbaceous flavor. Serve with a side of grilled asparagus or green beans for a healthy, flavorful meal.

Our newly released RayLen Vineyards Rosé of Cabernet Franc is a beautiful bright pink color with a crisp, refreshing flavor. With notes of watermelon and Bing cherries, our Rosé is the perfect wine to enjoy on a warm summer evening.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Grilled Ribeye

Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold, full-bodied wine that pairs well with grilled ribeye steak. The wine’s tannins and dark fruit flavors complement the meat’s smoky, charred flavor. We recommend grilling the steak with rosemary and black pepper for an earthy flavor. Serve with a side of grilled corn on the cob or potatoes for a hearty, satisfying meal.

RayLen Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is round and juicy with notes of blackberry, fig, and toasted hazelnut complemented by hints of vanilla and spice. The wine’s solid mouthfeel behind smooth French oak make it the perfect pairing for grilled meat. Releasing July 28!

Grab a Bottle of Raylen Vineyards Wine, Fire up the Grill, and Get Ready for a Summer of Delicious Food and Drink! 

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with different wine and food pairings and discover new flavors. At RayLen Vineyards, we are committed to creating wines that enhance your culinary experience and bring people together. Whether you are grilling for family and friends or enjoying a quiet evening at home, our wines are the perfect complement to your summer meals. We hope this post has inspired you to try new wine and grilled food pairings and savor the simple pleasures of summer!

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