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Labor Day pains: What wine to choose this weekend

Friday - 9/2/2011, 12:10pm  ET

Scott Greenberg, special to wtop.com

If you’re still firmly rooted in “summer” mode, then try the 2007 Trimbach Pinot Blanc from the Alsace region of France is perfect to chill out with. The pretty straw-colored wine has a lovely floral nose that includes scents of nectarines and lemon rind. The crisp flavors of apples, pears and honeyed-citrus make this a wine to pair with either grilled seafood or barbeque chicken. And for around $14, you can’t go wrong.

If you think that Labor Day signals the start of fall, then you’re probably looking for a great excuse to entertain friends one last time before the grind of school, work and sports schedules dictates your routine and throw a party with grilled meats and the appropriate big red wine to compliment it, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec or Syrah.

If you’re going to go for a big red wine, try the 2008 Michael-David Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel form Lodi, California. This is a full-throttled, sumptuous Zinfandel from the center of California. It has a remarkable bouquet, throwing off scents reminiscent of chocolate covered blackberries, blueberries and cherries. In the mouth, it tastes like ripe black cherries, dark plums and blueberry liqueur on the front of the tongue and a touch of black pepper on the powerful finish. It’s the perfect accompaniment with either burger or steak.

And if you’re looking to keep the peace in your family this holiday weekend, why not chose something in between, like a rosé? Aurelio Montes is responsible for some of Chile’s best wines. Made from 100 % Syrah grown near the Pacific coast, the 2010 Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah from Chile offers seductive scents of rose petal, orange peel and strawberry. Bright cherry and strawberry flavors predominate with brisk acidity and a firm lingering finish. Great with just about anything. $15

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