Labor Day Wine & Glassware Picks!

Great entertaining goes hand in hand with great wine, and great wine goes hand in hand with great glassware.  We've got wine and glassware picks for those of you who are hosting Labor Day, especially if you're having a cookout, with great options for both red and white. 

We can't say enough good things about German brand Schott Zwiesel's Diva Living collection, a variation on their popular Diva silhouette. This has the same generously rounded bowls and the same break and scratch resistant glass formula but a shortened stem for dishwasher friendliness. The chardonnay (15.5 oz) and burgundy (20.7 oz) glasses are excellent, and our favorite picks from the collection. The chardonnay glass is especially versatile, a great all-purpose glass if you're looking for one glass to do it all. Small enough for most whites, and not too small for most reds.

The bold, bright prints and easy-care of Garnier-Thiebaut's coated cotton table linens make them ideal for outdoor dining. We like to pair the boldest prints with simple white tableware like the Pillivuyt Plisse collection shown here for balance and contrast.

For a step up in quality stain-resistant table linens, check out Garnier-Thiebaut's Green Sweet linens, a textile woven with cotton threads that have been coated before weaving with stain repellent. These can be laundered and ironed as usual, and feel soft and luxurious. Linens treated with their Green Sweet technology are peppered throughout their entire collection, so check the fine print when browsing!

OK, time for the wines! These wine recommendations are courtesy of Lower Falls Wine, just down the street from our Newton Lower Falls location! Give them a call if you want to pick up any of these great bottles.

Ermitage Pic Saint Loup Rose 2013 - No cookout this year would be complete with out some fabulous dry rose' from the south of France!
This one is textbook, clean, dry and refreshing with a hint of fruit that can take a full chill and still taste delicious....

Ardega Pombal a Lanzada Albarino "Acan" 2013 (not pictured)- If you haven't experienced Albarino, OR if you're grilling fish on Labor Day Weekend - this is the wine you need to try.  Sublime.

Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2011 - Spectacular example of from the North Islandof New Zealand.  White Burgundy lovers take note.
This is not an over-oaked fruit bomb.  It is pure, minerally and focused with just the right amount of richness.

Alain Graillot Syrocco Syrah Zenata 2011 - Our first ever Syrah from Morocco made by notable Northern Rhone winemaker Alain Graillot.  Nice deep fruit and spice.
Will stand up to some spicy bbq'd wings.

Neyers Sage Canyon Red 2013 - Old Uncle Bruce LOVES Rhone varieties - here is a blend of old vine Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah that is full of character.  Beautiful notes of red fruits and spice - stony dry finish...

Hope you are all enjoying the last days of summer!

Didriks is an independent, locally owned tableware and home furnishings store located on Observatory Hill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at The Mill at Newton Lower Falls.