Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
Memorial Day has become, informally at least, the opening day of grilling season (formally, of course, it honors fallen members of the U.S. armed forces). It’s the second most popular grilling day, after July 4 - and that translates to a whole lot of grilling.
Over 96 million U.S. households own grills, and based on figures from the ever-vigilant folks at the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, about 54 million of those grills are fired up over the course of this weekend.
As for what we like to grill, in order, that’d be burgers, steak, hot dogs and chicken. So, what’s a wine that goes with all four? I’m going to suggest Grenache.
In the U.S., it’s mostly grown on California’s Central Coast; most bottlings are a bit pricier there, but there are still some good, affordable wines to be found.
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