Wines for outdoor summer concerts

What better opportunity to see what wines Tahoe bon vivants are imbibing than at our outdoor summer concerts. A recent Sunday brought super-soulful funkmasters Dirty Revival to Commons Beach in Tahoe City, and also provided a perfect laboratory for this rigorous research project.

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Dirty Revival at Commons Beach. | Lou Phillips

Here’s what locals and visitors were enjoying at the concert and why they chose those selections:

David and Laurel Paretti from Los Gatos revealed they are pretty serious oenophiles, who often plan their travel around wine, music and art events. They were enjoying some juice from their neighborhood: a 2013 Coterie Cellars Roussanne. The Parettis loved this vibrant white wine, saying it was a perfect match for the day as it added the marriage of views, wine and music.

“Round up your friends, grab a blanket, cooler and vino, and enjoy the amazing setting, great music and super cool vibe of these concerts.”

Twin sisters Theresa Smith and Kathy Daley Southgate are Olympic Valley locals, who were rockin’ to a Napa Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2014, highlighting that it stays light on its feet and “puts you in the mood” — always a good thing.

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Mimi Kimball and Craig Kneisel | Lou Phillips

If we are going on name alone, Gail Bowman and Michelle Liles’ Sunday Funday White Blend from Rebel Coast had to be the wine of the day. They were diggin’ its clean, simple summer flavors.

Tahoe City’s own Greg Kneisel and Mimi Kimball were groovin’ on the 2014 Apothic Red Blend. They chose it because it is reasonably priced and tasty, which makes it go well with the great outdoors, good music and fun-loving people.

Incline Village’s Tara Purington and Kelley Love had chilled some 2015 Starborough Sauvignon Blanc because it is cool, light and refreshing, and a perfect wine to enjoy with a good friend.

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Tara Purington and Kelly Love | Lou Phillips

In the interest of science, your intrepid reporter has braved similar outdoor events in Truckee, Kings Beach, South Lake, Olympic Valley, Northstar and Incline Village, and feels confident to report that for Tahoe revelers, cool refreshing whites rule for warm weather, wine/beach/music festivities.

When at the beach, remember to keep the glass at home. Put your wine in a stainless steel container and drink from the new generation of plastic glasses. The container helps keeps the juice at the proper quaffing temperature and doesn’t affect the wine. The plastic looks like the real thing and also do not significantly affect wine flavors. The bonus is no broken glass in barefoot zones.

Round up your friends, grab a blanket, cooler and vino, and enjoy the amazing setting, great music and super cool vibe of these concerts. And don’t forget to drop some moolah in the donation boxes to keep the good times rolling.

Check out the lineup of free outdoor concerts in Tahoe & Truckee

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Lou Phillips

Lou is a Level 3 Sommelier based on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, who loves traveling the wine world doing research for his writing. He also consults for collectors and businesses buying and selling fine wine and creating special events.