The Three Wines That Will Cover Every Barbecue You Have This Summer

Posted May 08, 2015

WineLibrary Staff


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Ok we’ve had a two whole weeks of non-freezing temperatures here on the East Coast. Now that we’ve adjusted to the concept of not being frost-bitten, and we’ve started sleeping with the windows open again, we can start making plans for how to actually enjoy all this sun.

First thing: Cooking outside.

Drag the Weber out of storage, evaluate that ancient bag of charcoal briquettes in the garage, and dig the matches out of the junk drawer, because IT’S TIME TO GRILL.

Now when it comes to the beverage side of things, we’re always in favor of a case of frosty beers (which you should definitely pick up at the store if you’re in New Jersey), but wine should always be an option. It’s going to go beyond simple refreshment and actually compliment and improve the delicious grilled food you’re serving it with.

Now when it comes to pairing, a lot of guides are going to say things like “this wine is super smoky which is great for BBQ,” but that doesn't really make sense to us. The food coming off the grill is going to bring all of those smoked, charred, salty, fatty notes to the party on its own. The point of the wine here is to balance things out, and to provide a counterpoint, not to bring you more of the same. So let’s get into it:


What to drink with steak

2011 Quattrocchi Malbec

Burgers, steaks, or chops, this wine will be able to hold up to all of them. It’s got oodles of fruit, and the sour cherry will go over like a dream after a bite of bison burger with all the fixins. It’s also got a good dose of tannins, which soften when faced with all of the fat and protein provided by a good ribeye.

What to drink with dogs

2012 Route Du Van Pinot Noir

Of course there are plenty more things to burn than red meat, and for that we need to take a different approach: Pinot! Once again, the O-negative universal pairing comes into play, but since we’re drinking in the heat and with a lot of giant smoky food, we’re going to stick with the southern-hemisphere theme and go with a cold climate, Australian Pinot Noir. Imagine cranberries, cherries, and a hint of spiciness to wash down that mustard-covered bratwurst… We just did. Now we’re hungry.

What to drink with veggies

2013 Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio Alto Adige

But it's not all animal products. Vegetables love the dry heat that hot coals can provide. Sometimes there nothing better than a sweet, smoky, crunchy roasted pepper or onion. And for that we have the Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio. Now we know PG might not be known for being what you'd call "robust", but the Nals bucks the trend in a big way to deliver body and character that you don't normally find in a wine of this style. Absolutely perfect for kebabs, or just any old veggie you want to put to the heat!

Product Label.

Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio Alto...

91 James Suckling - Jamessuck...

Item: 86010

750 mL

Retail: $19.99

$15.99 per btl

Product Label.

Route Du Van Pinot Noir

90 Wine & Spirits

Item: 87772

750 mL

Retail: $19.98

$16.99 per btl

Item: 87846

750 mL

Retail: $16.99

$9.33 per btl