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Summer Wine & Food Pairings Guide

Image of Olema Chardonnay Reserve on a set table in summertime

Olema Rosé in Ice Bucket

Summer’s Here!

From BBQs to beach day, summertime is one of the most fun seasons to pop a chilled bottle of wine. Wondering which wines pair with summer? We’ve got you covered.

Best Wines for Summer (and Which Foods to Pair!)

Wine and bountiful picnic of cheese and charcuterie

Olema Sauvignon Blanc + Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Sauvignon Blanc is all about acidity and freshness, making it the perfect wine to kick off a summer party OR to take center stage for summer get-togethers. A picnic in the park or an alfresco girls’ night in with Sauv Blanc + a bountiful charcuterie board? There’s nothing better.

Olema Chardonnay Reserve on a beautifully set table with grilled food

Olema Chardonnay Reserve + Grilled Veggies

Smooth yet bright Chardonnay with just the right balance of crispness and richness means the Chardonnay Reserve pairs beautifully with shrimp or veggies fresh off the grill. The hint of char from the grill brings out the textural elements in the wine, and the pop of the grilled dish is the ideal match for Chardonnay’s unique acid profile.

People enjoying Olema Pinot Noir at a dinner table outside

Olema Pinot Noir + Grilled Salmon

Pinot Noir and salmon is one of the iconic wine pairings, defying the myth that red wine can’t pair with seafood. The juiciness and red fruits in the Pinot Noir make it a great match for salmon, especially coming off the barbecue in summertime. Tip: chill your Pinot Noir for 15-30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving. Slightly chilled = perfect for warmer weather.

Friends playing guitar and hanging out with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon and S'mores

Olema Cabernet Sauvignon + S’mores

Yes, S’mores. Whether gourmet dark chocolate or the classic Hershey’s milk chocolate bar (or the adventurers who opt for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup instead), pairing Cab with summer’s signature fireside dessert is the way to go. Chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon is an iconic pairing for a reason. Add graham cracker and a few ‘mallows, and the result is *chef’s kiss*.

Woman holding a glass and bottle of Olema Rosé on the beach

Honorable Mention: Olema Rosé + …Everything Summer-Related

Real talk: Rosé is THE wine for summer. Pack your rosé and a couple GoVino wine glasses in a cooler with ice and pair with beach day for the ultimate summertime wine experience. Be the first to try our NEW 2021 Olema Rosé!


Summer Pairings Infographic

Best Wines for Spring

Olema Rosé and Cremant in ice bucket

Spring has sprung!

We’re celebrating warm weather and cold glasses of wine with our favorite spring sips.

 Best Wines for Spring

Olema Sparkling Brut Rosé Cremant de Loire ($20)

With lively bubbles and great acidity, sparkling wines is the perfect wine for springtime. What to pair with sparkling wines? We love this crémant with a triple-crème cheese, salty snacks, or chilled on its own as a late-afternoon sipper.

Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé ($15)

If there was such a thing as the birthplace of spring, it would be France’s Côtes de Provence region. In the spring and summer, lavender flourishes across the landscape as the buds in the vineyard burst. And with every sip of the Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé, you can practically hear Vivaldi’s “Spring.” Think fresh strawberry, watermelon and citrus notes that go on and on with every sip.

Olema Sauvignon Blanc ($15)

Fact: Sauvignon Blanc and Spring are simply made for each other. The ultimate white wine for warm weather, Sauvignon Blanc has enough zip to be absolutely delicious chilled down, while also complex enough to please the white wine fanatics in your life. Best sauvignon blanc pairings? In our humble opinions: go with a goat’s cheese and arugula salad, stone fruits, or spring pea and ricotta pasta dishes.

Olema Pinot Noir ($20)

Densely layered with bright fruit flavors, Pinot Noir – particularly slightly chilled – makes for an amazing spring wine. Pinot Noir pairs well with everything from barbecue chicken or shrimp all the way to heartier dishes and even dessert. Searching for the ultimate red wine for spring? Look no further.

Serving Tips

  • Not too hot; not too cold – while spring soirees are the perfect time to break out the ice bucket and chill down your wines, avoid chilling your wines down to ice-cold levels, as temperatures below 45 degrees starts to mute the wines’ flavor profile. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or store in a wine fridge between 45-50 degrees.
  • The quick-chill method – short on time? Wet a cloth or paper towel and wrap it around your wine bottle, then pop it into the freezer for 10 minutes. Voila!
  • Ice bucket hacks – always add water to your ice bucket! This creates a cold enough environment to chill your wine, but avoids the main challenge with ice buckets: too much ice and not enough space for the wine. Tip: put your wine bottles in first, then add ice, then top with water.

 

A Tale of Two Rosés

Olema Rose Reserve and Rose on a set table

We’re firm believers that every season is rosé season. From goat cheese and arugula salad in the spring to grilled salmon in the summer, and from fried chicken in the fall to festive apps during the holidays, there’s always an occasion to uncork a bottle of crisp, fruit-driven and perfectly balanced rosé. 

To make the most classic style of rosé, we went straight to the source: France’s Côtes de Provence region. Today, we have two unique representations of the dazzling pale pink wine. our Olema Rosé and Rosé Reserve. The wines are composed of the same provençal blend of varieties, but made in slightly different styles to showcase two representations of rosé. The Olema Rosé features fresh strawberry and watermelon rind aromas that lead into flavors of white peach, Meyer lemon and hints of jasmine on the palate. The Rosé Reserve is a slightly richer style, with more weight on the palate and flavors driven by juicy ripe peach, ripe strawberry and hints of honeysuckle.

Which Rosé is the Rosé for You?

 

We sat down with our winemaking team for the rosé lowdown, and here’s what they had to say:

“The Olema Rosé Reserve has more complexity and richness across the palate.”
– Winemaker Tony Biagi

“Both wines have similar aroma and flavor profiles, but the Rosé Reserve shows more intensity.”
– Assistant Winemaker Dante West

…but we’re not about to make you choose between two good things. Use code ROSEALLDAY to receive $10 flat-rate shipping on any 12+ bottles. Mix and match the Olema Rosé and Olema Rosé Reserve, or add in any other favorite wines on our online wine store to build a mixed case.

How to Serve Rosé?

We recommend chilling your Olema Rosés to a little cooler than celler temperature. Pop into your refrigerator an hour or two before serving, or use the wet paper towel trick (wrap your wine bottle in a wet paper towel and stick it in your freezer for 15 minutes).

Cranberry Wine Spritz

 

Looking for the ultimate wine cocktail? Look no further: this Cranberry Wine Spritz is our go-to way to elevate this classic drink. The secret is to start with a delicious white wine that doesn’t break the bank. The more refreshing acidity, the better.  

Ingredients & Directions:

In a wine glass or cocktail shaker, pour a half-glass (3oz) white wine – we recommend the Olema Sauvignon Blanc – along with a splash of ginger ale and a splash of cranberry juice over ice. Stir or shake, and add fresh or frozen cranberries. Cheers!