This Memorial Day weekend all eyes are fixed on the sky. (Of course the high tech wine drinkers are tuned into the weather posts on the Net.) Either way, when it comes to our palate this weekend, it’s clear that Mother Nature is calling the shots.

If it’s cool and rainy, naturally we’ll opt for reds. If it’s sunny, no doubt we’ll reach for light-bodied pinots, roses and an interesting mix of summer whites.

With the whimsy of Mother Nature in mind, I think it’s a good idea to plan for chaos. The strategy is simple: To outsmart Mother Nature by having a line-up that includes a broad range of wines – red, white and pink.

Here are some tasty labels to choose from:


Simi, 2009 Sonoma County Pinot Noir, $24.

Laurel Glen, 2006 Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, $60.


J, 2010 California Pinot Gris, $16.

Dutton Goldfield, 2010 Dutton Ranch, Green Valley of Russian River Valley Gewurztraminer, $25.

Pink (roses)

Lynmar, 2010 Rose of Pinot Noir, $25.

Bedrock, 2010 Ode to Lulu Rose of Mourvedre, $20.

Chaos can inspire a great line-up. Do you have any hot labels to add to my list?