9 BBQ-Friendly Wines To Serve At Your Next Cookout
Because even grocery store hot dogs deserve a nice wine pairing.
With the laid-back vibe, paper plates, and no-fuss dishes associated with a cookout, washing down your meal with an ice cold brewski probably feels like muscle memory. But a well-paired glass of wine can be the key to turning your casual grilled meal into a next-level gastronomic experience.
“I’m an advocate for opening up a delicious bottle of wine to go alongside my cookout," says Samantha Capaldi, certified sommelier. "The umami and high-fat content in your grilled meats covered in savory and tangy BBQ sauce will balance out the tannins in a bold red wine.
But white wines are just as important to stand alongside your grilled fish, citrus salads, and lightly seasoned meats.”
From reds, to whites, rosés, and even bubblies, these nine food-friendly wines want a place at your BBQ picnic table as much as we do.
2017 Artezin Old Vine Zinfandel ($16)What’s a BBQ without an array of smoky meats? If you’re serving up sausages, ribs, and pulled pork, first off, we’re coming over -- but also, reach for a spicy, fruity red with enough oomph to stand up to the meat and complement its bold flavors. Hailing from California’s Mendocino County, this classic zinny (85% zinfandel, 15% petite sirah) is full-bodied as one would expect with soft-yet-drool-worthy tannins. With each sip, you’ll get a burst of raspberries, cherry cola, bakings spices, and a hint of pepper, all leading up to the smooth finale. Oh, and watch out for that ABV: 14.8% can sneak up on ya. [Buy it now at Wine.com]
J Vineyards Pinot Gris ($20)
Think of pinot gris and pinot grigio as identical twins who were separated at birth and raised in different countries. They are literally the same grape (called pinot gris), so while they have the same DNA, they display distinct characteristics due to their different environments and upbringings. American-made pinot gris, like this refreshing bottle from Sonoma County, tend to exhibit less biting acidity than Italian pinot grigio, but with more exaggerated fruit flavors of green apple, pear, and citrus. Long story short, pair this wine with sea scallops, honey BBQ chicken, and grilled pineapple right the heck now. [Buy it now at Wine.com]