Summer BBQ Wine Pairing Ideas
With the season of grilling upon us, here are three great insider tips for choosing.
Long gone are the days of a BBQ being a simple hamburger and hot dog event, and with each new summer season it seems we get even more adventurous with what we are preparing on our grills; with everything from fresh seafood dishes to grilled fruit turning our backyard decks into Epicurean celebrations with every flip of the spatula.
When considering what wine to pair for your next backyard get together here are three insider tips to help you pick a great wine for your get together.
This is one of the safest ways to choose a wine for your BBQ. Wines grown in hot climate regions such as California, Australia, or South America are generally more fruit forward, have softer, more approachable tannins and are more forgiving in how they show during warmer temperatures. Look for silky merlots from Chile, Shiraz from Australia, and blends from the South of France as some terrific choices for your get together.
This may sound easy, but you might have to give it a bit of thought. Sometimes when we are grilling it is not the actual protein that has the strongest flavour, but instead it is the sauce, relish, mustard or pickled dishes that are being served with the dish. If a wine and a food dish are not of equal intensity in their flavours then one will cancel out the other.
When choosing wines for your BBQ, don't forget about the wide selection of styles and flavours of white wines available. Creamy style whites can pair beautifully with grilled chicken, fish, seafood, beef and salads with cream based dressings and crisp and aromatic white wines can be beautiful when paired with fresh vegetables, white fish, spicy dishes and Mexican based dishes.