5 Wine and Barbecue Pairings Perfect for Summer
Days are getting longer, the sun is shining bright, and summer is just around the corner. What better way to kick-off the start of the season than by celebrating barbecue month? Whether you’re making a weeknight meal or having friends and family over for an afternoon of fun, take the guesswork out of your summer food and beverage pairings with our unofficial guide to wine and barbecue!
Light, crisp, refreshing—Sauvignon Blanc is summer in a glass. Before you get your main entrée on the grill, go for an appetizer course of Sauv Blanc and oysters. A quintessential summer match, the salty oysters complement this wine’s zesty acidity and citrus notes. Top your oysters with herbs, fresh-squeezed lemon, and your hot sauce of choice. Or, throw them on the grill if you prefer them cooked!
Known for having smoky, meaty flavors itself, Pinotage is a great go-to pairing for the grill. The striking flavors of dark fruit and black pepper seek similar flavors in the paired meat, while the smoke from a charcoal grill highlights some of Pinotage’s best characteristics. A high-quality cut of beef, like a bone-in ribeye, has a great amount of fat to match the wine’s tannins. If it feels too warm outside for a red wine, serve this Pinotage slightly chilled.
Is it really summer without Rosé? Our Rosato, a blend of Sangiovese, Dolcetto, and Syrah, is the perfect picnic or barbecue beverage. This refreshing pink drink is bursting with citrus and summer fruit flavors that pair beautifully with chicken. A beer can chicken is a great way to achieve a crispy outside while maintaining a juicy inside, while the Rosato’s touch of sweetness complements a dry rub with a hint of spice.
Italian for blend, our Napa Valley Miscela is an 80/20 mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. While a red blend is a great pairing choice when it comes to most kinds of barbecue, try this 2013 blend alongside a lamb burger! The wine’s subtle notes of herb and tobacco pair elegantly with flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. Top this burger with an aged cheddar, fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and a tzatziki sauce, ideal for cooling off on a warm summer day.
Made from our estate-grown fruit in Amador County, this full-bodied Primitivo is complex, lush, and made for food. With an affinity for bold flavor and a hint of char, Primitivo is just about perfect when it comes to BBQ. Pork can be seasoned with a range of flavors from sweet to spicy to tangy, and a fruit-forward wine like Primitivo or Zinfandel provides great balance and structure to the meal.
You can taste this pairing, and many more, at our upcoming 17th Annual Pig Roast! Enjoy all-you-can-eat & drink while celebrating Memorial Day Weekend to the live sounds of South City Blues Band. Tickets are on sale now— don’t miss this summer event. Cheers!
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