Finally, sunshine! I was beginning to think we lived in Seattle with all that rain. It’s no surprise that on the first beach day of the year there was not a spot to spread your blanket at Spring Lake. The 4th of July weekend followed suit as the causeway to Long Beach Island and the Parkway turned into parking lots.
It doesn’t matter if you’re native to New Jersey or a Northeast transplant, everyone has a favorite spot down the shore. True, Jersey beaches don’t boast crystal clear waters or palm trees, but from top to bottom our shore has something for everyone. Romantic B&B’s in Cape May, family fun on the boardwalks of Wildwood and Ocean City, gambling in A.C… and that’s just the southern end of NJ. Every step of the way heading north there’re endless spots to soak in the sun, fish, sail, stroll, and shop…not to mention eat your heart out. So what’s the perfect wine to complement all of our amazing beach spots? Bubbles of course! Bubbly wine makes for more fun at the shore and is a surefire hit whether you’re sipping solo or celebrating summer with friends and family. From easy drinking to pure elegance, here’re three picks to pour at your summer shore spot.
Barefoot on the Beach- Barefoot Bubbly $11
On the sweeter side: You can pick between sparkling Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel, or my fave of the bunch –Chardonnay. They are all easy drinking and light and perfect to sip when squishing sand between your toes.
Barefoot in the Back Yard- Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Minis $10/each
Go casual but in serious style with either the mini Bruts or Rose, or, for more fun, serve both at your next backyard bash.
Barefoot Contessa- Veuve Clicquot, Rose Champagne, $70
Rich and elegant, this classic rose Champagne is perfect for toasting on deck or for swirling at a swanky soiree at the bayside compound.