As we turn the clock from Memorial Day to July 4th, one constant remains – the love we have for all things barbeque. No matter where you are, whether you’re going fishing, standing over a hot grill with hot dogs, hamburgers, and steaks, spending time outside in the sun is something that all of us enjoy. Now sometimes pairing a barbeque with anything other than an ice cold beer can be challenging. That is what the experts are here for. Wine goes great with barbeques. There are many different styles and colors of wine that pair well with grilled meat, or keep you cool while grilling. Check out my suggestions for the full gamut of wines that can fit with your Sunday night, Friday afternoon, or anytime barbeque. I include whites, reds, and roses to be sure the whole spectrum of wine is covered to help you select the perfect wine for your perfect barbeque. Enjoy!
Galil Mountain Viognier: This is a very big white wine with the alcohol content coming in at 15%. This wine has the ability to stand up to big bold barbeque sauce flavors, while still being elegant enough to match any chicken you decide to throw on the grill.
Borgo Reale Pinot Grigio: This wine won’t necessarily match up perfectly with hot dogs or hamburgers. However it is refreshing, bright, and crisp. Drink this wine chilled on a hot day while standing over the grill, or as an apéritif to the barbeque.
Terra Di Seta Chianti Classico: This wine is a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and comes from organically grown grapes. As an Italian wine, it will go well with Italian food. For this year’s barbeque, perhaps you’ll mix your hamburger meat with Italian spices for a great pairing. This wine will also go splendidly with grilled fish.
Domaine Netofa Rose: Another wine that can be super refreshing on a hot barbeque day. This wine contains strong acidity and more body than the earlier white and can be paired with
some grilled vegetables or grilled chicken. A mix of Grenache and Syrah grapes, this wine is more of a dry rose than a sweet one.
Ramon Cardova Garnacha: This is a lighter bodied red that can pair really well with a leaner cut of meat such as skirt steak or flat iron steak. It’s a Spanish wine, light and fruity, with incredible value.
Yarden Pinot Noir: This light to medium bodied fruit-flavored red wine will pair well with grilled chicken or fish. It will also work well if you want to throw some turkey cutlets or drumsticks on the grill as the cranberry flavor in the wine will make you imagine you are having a Thanksgiving barbeque.
Abarbanel Old Vines Riesling: This is a great barbeque white wine. It is a dry medium-bodied wine that has great structure and is able to stand up to a hot dog or a hamburger due to its earthy quality that comes from the grapes’ old vines digging deep into the soil to extract all the flavor contained within.
Domaine Du Val Brun Saumur Champigny Bay Rouge: This is a Loire Valley red made from Cabernet Franc grapes with a taste profile displaying cherry and pepper. This is a good steak wine, not as heavy as a Cabernet or Syrah, but the earthiness of the wine will allow it to stand up to good steaks.
Tzuba Chardonnay: If you’re planning to throw some spicy chicken wings on the grill, then this is your wine. It’s a New World Chardonnay that is light, crisp, and ready to drink. It will calm your mouth from the spice of the chicken, but it will also pair nicely with grilled fish.
Louis Blanc Cote de Brouilly Beaujolais: I love a good wine that can go with just about everything. It is light enough for fish and chicken but also heavy and earthy enough to go with a hot dog, hamburger, or even steak. Heck, just drink this bottle and then barbeque and then drink another bottle of this after.
Yatir Petite Verdot: This Yatir is a big steak wine. The twelve months spent in oak give this wine structure and body. It will go well with a juicy steak but its fruit-forward goodness will also pair nicely with grilled chicken or a hamburger.
Tulip Reserve Syrah: Syrah and grilled meat go together like peanut butter and jelly. So pick out the best steak you can find, throw it on the grill, crack open this wine, then sit back, relax, and enjoy this phenomenal pairing.
Now drink up. Cheers!
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