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Wine and BBQ Pairings

A Guide to Savoring the Flavors of Summer

Summertime brings with it warm, sunny days, and backyard barbeques with family and friends. One of the biggest pleasures of BBQs is enjoying delicious food and drinks, connecting with loved ones, and creating lasting memories. When it comes to pairings, we often think of beers as the go-to drink for BBQs. But did you know that pairing wine with your favorite BBQ dishes can elevate the flavors to a whole new level? In this blog post, we’ll look at some delectable wine and BBQ pairings that will tantalize your taste buds and make your BBQs the talk of the town!

BBQ Dishes and Red Wine Pairings:

One of the most popular BBQ dishes is grilled meats. Red wine is a great pairing for grilled meats like steak, lamb, or pork. The tannins in red wine cut through the fats in the meat, making it a perfect combination. Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot are excellent options for pairing. For spicy BBQ dishes like pork ribs, a Zinfandel or Syrah would be a perfect complement.

Vinera Wines recommends pairing your grilled meats with Sangiovese “Rosso di Montepulciano” a 100% Sangiovese from Italy! Or try the Cabernet Franc “Ivan S” from Robertson Wine Valley in South Africa! 

Rosé Wine and Light BBQ Fare:

Light BBQ dishes like grilled seafood, chicken, or vegetables pair well with Rosé wines. These wines have a refreshing taste that perfectly balances the smoky flavor in the dishes. A chilled bottle of Rosé wine pairs well with a grilled shrimp salad or a grilled vegetable kebab. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a variety of Rosé wines to find the perfect pairing for your BBQ.

The perfect Rosé for the occasion is in stock right now – Tempranillo/Graciano Rosé, which presents Aromas of forest fruits; fresh and gentle in the mouth with a light acidity characteristic of this type of wine. 

White Wine and BBQ Chicken:

If you’re serving grilled chicken at your BBQ, consider pairing it with a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. The crispness of the white wine can help cut through the sweetness and saltiness of BBQ sauce. Chicken salad with grilled peaches can be paired with a Riesling, while grilled corn on the cob pairs perfectly with a Pinot Grigio.

The perfect Vinera Wines white wine for this pairing would be the Sauvignon Blanc “Raif”, a 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Italy!

A Word of Caution: When it comes to wine and BBQ pairings, avoid pairing bold and tannic wines with spicy BBQ dishes. The tannins in the wine will only intensify the spiciness, making it difficult to enjoy the dish. Opt for a fruity wine instead.

Vinera Wine Society believes that wine and BBQ pairings are all about experimentation and finding the perfect match for your palate. The key is to choose wines that perfectly complement the flavors of your BBQ dishes. With the right wine pairing, you can take your BBQ to the next level and create lasting memories with your friends and family. So, let’s toast to summer and the delicious food and drink pairings that come with it! Happy BBQing!

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