Ah, barbecue season is here — what better summer ritual is there but to mix the warmth of the outdoors with the grilling of savory food on an open flame? And, to pair with your grilled culinary delight … iced tea, beer, soda? All traditional choices, but what’s the wine lover to do?
Wine and Barbecue?
Yes, wine and barbecue! Considering that barbecue means family, tradition and bringing people together around food, wine is the perfect complement. And we’re not just talking about grilled steaks, no way — too easy. We’re thinking cheeseburgers, ribs, pizza and shrimp on the barbie. Though, to be fair, many of you might already be asking yourself: do I really want to pair my Screaming Eagle Cabernet with a cheeseburger? Probably not — but there are wines (both red and white) that are well suited to grilled and smoked foods.
I’ve picked three wines that can take on the heartiest, gut-busting barbecue foods and round out a sunny afternoon, while not busting your budget.
|The Ultimate Ribs Wine
Rosenblum Pato Vineyard Petite SirahContrary to a common misconception, there ain’t nothing small about Petite Sirah. The Pato’s dark fruit and inky demeanor matched with its chocolate spice aromas make it a natural accompaniment for any barbecue rib recipe. I’ve been a fan of Rosenblum’s über hearty wines for years, and I just love this Petite Sirah because it makes a great match with the spiciest of barbecue sauces. This wine is available directly from the winery in Alameda, CA, and at under $25, it’s a great deal.
About the author: Steven works in Williams-Sonoma’s corporate training department. He is a self-described refugee of the American Midwest who came to the Bay Area for work and has since fallen in love with the hearty red wines of Sonoma Valley. Steven balances his wine vices with mountain biking and running in California’s Marin County.