So what wines are good to have with BBQ food?
Out comes the BBQ grill along with the case of red wine…BUT…be a little adventurous! A good white wine served with a platter of grilled seafood, pork, or chicken, is a refreshing change!
Look for full-bodied, complex whites which are best as they can cope with the stronger flavours that the grill gives to the meat: Pinot Gris or Viognier such as the Villa Wolf Pinot Gris which is a particular favourite, or Saint- Peyre Viognier.
Complement a platter of grilled vegetables with a grassy Sauvignon Blanc. Be a little adventurous and choose one from Chile : Tectonia from Bodegas Volcanes
Light red wines are a natural with grilled meats as the fruit and oaky flavours (and tannins – that stewed tea taste you get on your tongue) can stand up to the grill flavours. A more medium bodies rose can be a great alternative to red when serving lamb but if grilling or BBQing lamb steaks or on the bone, we would suggest a Rioja or Pinot Noir.
Rioja: The favourite for grilled meats. Spain is the home of the grilled meat summer BBQs (yes, really) and their most famous red is a perfect partner with lamb and pork!
A hearty red would seem the best match for grilled sausages or steak. A soft, juicy red: Malbec with its fruity juiciness with grilled meat (especially steak)
Or if you would like us to choose for you, we have 2 cases that Steve The Cheese, our food pairing guy, has put together with a great selection to get you started