Grace's Plaza Wine & Spirits

Staff Picks

Picnic with Yogi
Ah, June.

The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and it's that time of year for family and friends to finally gather outside to enjoy the beginning of summer together. And, how better to enjoy the outdoors than by bringing some food and drink along for the day? This month staff chose what they would bring outdoors for an early summer picnic. Whether you're poolside or parkside, a wine sipper or prefer the refreshment of a cold, crisp ale, there's surely 'pick-nic' this June for you to enjoy. But whatever you decide, do NOT feed the bears!


Beer:Abita Andy's Gator
Varietal: Shiraz
Region: Abita Springs, LA USA
Price: $4.99 (650 mL)

Why I Like It: This beer follows a German style bock, which I love: fermented to perfection, with a dry finish and a sweet flavor. Enjoy this beer ice cold, on a hot day. Just one thing, if you drink too much, the gator will bite you.
Pairs well with: Pair it with some summer sausage and gorgonzola. Then, follow it with a ham on rye. Let's eat!

Mike's HarderCran-Lemonade

Beverage: Mike's Harder Cranberry Lemonade
Varietal: Premium Malt Beverage Goodness
Vintage: N/A - or the moment you open it!
Region: Seattle, WA - USA
Price: $7.99 (4- 16oz cans)

Why I like it: Since it’s in a can, it’s perfectly suitable to bring with you - to the pool, or to the picnic. It’s sweet, bubbly, and has some good tart flavor. It’s simple, just the way summer should be.
Pairs well with: A pool party with burgers, dogs and good friends.

Blood Orange

Beverage: Canella Blood Orange Mimosa
Varietal:Prosecco & Sicillian Blood Orange Juice
Vintage: N/A
Region: San Dona Di P. (VE) Italy
Price: $16.99

Why I like it: This sparkling wine mixed with all natural blood oranges is a dream come true for fruit & champagne lovers. This effervescent, tart-sweet flavor will have you more excited than ever that it’s finally time to sit & soak in the sun!
Pairs well with: A homade crispy asparagus salad: grilled asparagus, diced fresh cantelope & mozzarella cheese tossed in olive oil, lime juice & a touch of garlic.

Rose d'Anjou

Wine:Monmousseau Rose d’Anjou
Varietal: 50% Grolleau, 50% Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2007
Region:Loire, France
Price: $9.99

Why I like it: Do not let the pink color fool you: This is definitely not a White Zinfandel. I wanted to keep with my trend towards more affordable wines (and as Sarah T has pointed out - my love of French wines). I suggest this wine with red fruit aromas as perfect for a picnic outing.
Pairs well with: Poultry and white meat. Goes great with lighter picnic style meals, and is best served chilled.

VS Riesling
Wild Rock

Wines: Wild Rock (red) & Von Schleinitz (White)
Varietals:100% Pinot Noir (Wild Rock)
100% Riesling - Kabinett (VS)
Vintage: Pinot Noir, 2007
Riesling -Kabinett - 2006
Region: Central Otago, New Zealand (Wild Rock)
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany (VS)
Price: $19.99 (Wild Rock)
$18.99 (VS)

Why I like it: Let’s face it: $35-$55 spent on a restaurant wine list means KJ Chardonnay, Louis Martini Cab or a Mark West Pinot Noir. Well, for that same money, you can have two world class wines and still have change in your pocket.
Pairs well with: Green Grass, Blue Skies and Sunny Afternoons.

Gruet Sparkling

Wine: Gruet Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine
Varietal: 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay
Vintage: N/A
Region: Engle, New Mexico - USA
Price: $14.99

Why I like it: With an almost imperceptible pale salmon color, this is a full-bodied wine with a rich, creamy texture. Complex aromas and flavors of raspberry and cherry accentted with a nice toastiness.
Pairs well with:Classic love songs, thinking of my wedding day, picnics and falling in love all over again!