Whether you are hosting a gathering in your backyard or attending a city-wide event such as our Taste of Hudson and Taste of Cleveland, long weekends such as Labor Day Weekend always centers around food and wine. While we may consider ourselves a progressive  society, simple pleasures never change. We all gotta eat and we all gotta drink; perhaps not wine, but you get the picture. When it comes to food – politics, race, gender and religion (to some extent) become secondary notions. Food & wine are the grand equalizers. In selecting the wines for this week’s events in Cleveland, I use special care to ensure that the wines will appeal to everyone and pair up nicely with most cuisines. Below you will find a two of my favorite equalizers:

Red Guitar Tempranillo: Crafted from old vines grown in Navarra Spain, this wine is great sipped alone or made into a batch of Sangria. Perfect for the last days of summer grilling.

Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc: A nod to the sunny days of summer, this Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand has plenty of bright citrus fruit and crisp acidity making it a perfect partner for just about any light bodied cuisine.