July 4th is almost here! And what better way to kick off the summer season than with a clambake? From seafood to sausage, corn to potatoes, there are so many great wines that pair with summer weekend party fare. So grab a picnic basket, some fresh seafood, and wine. Let’s get this summer started!
We asked our staff…
What will you be drinking at a clambake this summer?
Pauline- This summer, I’m all about canned drinks, they’re just so convenient and adorable. Fishers Island Lemonade, a whiskey-spiked lemonade offers a refreshing, citrusy twist on the standard summer cocktail. Perfect with a lobster roll or clams on the half shell. For something pink, I’d grab a Chateau Maris rose in a can. Let’s face it, nothing says ‘summer is here’ quite like rose!
Lisa- I would choose muscadet for shellfish, oysters and clams. It’s a little outside of the box, but they go together so naturally! Oh! Gavi would be another great pairing. The citrus notes and the vivacious acidity dance on the palate. Gavi screams summer, it makes me want to cartwheel down the beach!
Ambrose- Clambakes calls for a crisp white, txakolina for example. Txakolina would be delicious with fresh seafood. The slight fizz would be really fun, especially combined with rich butter dipped lobster and clams. You seriously can’t go wrong! Picpoul would be another great choice, for the same reasons.
Frank- Chablis all the way. It goes perfectly with clambake fare. Burgundian chardonnay will be rich and satisfying without being overpoweringly oaky. Once you go french, you can’t go back. I’d avoid a heavily oaked chardonnay (like something rich from California…) when you’re matching seafood.
Tim- Since i’m a vegan, i’m not as worried about a shellfish pairing. But for a great beach party, I think i’d bring along sangria, Mija Sangria is ready made, and has fresh fruit pulp so it tastes home made, not to mention, it’s very festive. If you’re in the mood for something a little drier, Cabernet Franc is a great choice for when the sun goes down. Plus, we grow really great local Cab Franc here on Long Island.
What is your favorite thing to drink at a clambake? You can comment right back here on our blog, on Facebook, or let us know in store. We are excited to hear from you. We also deliver locally, from Southampton to Montauk!