We all know a great BBQ hinges upon variety – that means LOTS of sides, ranging from macaroni salad to fruit salad and everything in between, plus multiple options for the main fare. How in the (new or old) world can you get the right wines when you have no idea what people will be eating while they drink them?
Luckily, there are a few wines that are reasonably priced, easy to find and pair well with a whole slew of foods:
By this time, we’ve all heard it, some of us will even admit to saying it: “Rosé all day!” and where is that more fitting than a holiday weekend where we can really enjoy our day drinking! Rosé pairs well with shellfish (did you just say throw another shrimp on the barbie? Me, too.), pork chops, spicy and salty (hot dogs! chips!) foods, fresh air...EVERYTHING. But, we get it, not everyone loves Rosé. May we suggest finding a dry or off dry Riesling? These typically have great acidity, citrus-y flavors & are very versatile with food including BBQ chicken, sausages, grilled vegetables and of course, grilled pineapple (everyone is doing it). Both of these whites will also pair nicely with those BBQ staples like pasta and potato salads.
Moving on to reds, Pinot Noir is a great option for your Labor Day weekend grilling. Light enough to pair with fish but can stand up to some of your meatier items as well, including your friends eating Portobello mushroom burgers (this is a match made in heaven, in my humble opinion). Pinot's from Oregon tend toward fruitier flavors and aromas like cranberry and tart cherry, making it a nice match for ribs and brisket as well.
Of course, we’d be remiss not mentioning a classic pairing like Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon with steak and burgers! These are bigger wines but still drinkable in the warm weather, just be sure to avoid serving them too warm. If you need to chill down your reds, we’ve got you covered there, too!
For more recommendations and specific wine suggestions (insider tip, there's a Cab from a renowned winemaker for $20!), listen to Miss Fox on the Twisted Cork podcast!