Two bank holiday weekends in a row with uninterrupted sunshine was always going to be a big ask given our changeable weather, however with the temperature looking staying relatively high, I know will definitely be taking every opportunity to get out in the the garden and fire up the BBQ this weekend, and deal with the showers if and when they come.
Given that I'm sure may of you will be doing the same, I thought I would seize the moment to have a look at some simple guidelines on how best to pair wines with BBQ dishes successfully.
Above all, you should choose fresh, fruity, wines; zesty, citrusy whites, and bright, fruity reds and take care to avoid overly oaky wines either red or white and also to avoid any red with heavy tannins.
My top tip though would be to try a Rosé, pink wines are fantastic barbeque wines as they are incredibly versatile and very food friendly.
To put you in the mood to fire up that grill, I have picked out some of my BBQ favourites below, and there can be no better time to give them a try with our 15% back on 6 loyalty promotion starting on Wednesday May 30th and running right through until 10.00pm on Bank Holiday Monday.
I am starting off my selection with our top-selling Albariño, Contrapunto (€12.95 down from €18.45). This is a classic Albariño with attractive pear, peach and lemon fruit but more as there's a chalky mineral streak and a zesty almost saline tangy finish. Try this with simply grilled Monkfish for a real treat.
Next up, from just across the border in the Portuguese region of Minho comes Picouto de Cima Vinho Verde (€14.95, Buy 1 get 1 Half-Price). Vinho Verde literally means ‘green wine’ but translates as ‘young wine’. Made with ‘young’ or early-picked Arinto grapes, this is a very good Vinho Verde, with well-defined fruit, and perfectly-balanced acidity. Some sizzling prawns, hot from the grill would set this off nicely.
On now to France for a Rosé, the wine I have chosen is from the Languedoc estate of the Cazes Family (Owners of Bordeaux’s Ch. Lynch Bages). L’Ostal Rosé (€15.45, Buy 1 get 1 Half-Price), is an elegant pale pink rose, it is dry with a ripe mid-palate and good weight to balance its cherry and berry summery fruit aromas and flavours, making it a great match for some lightly-spiced grilled Chicken kebabs.
I am finishing off today with two red wines, the first of which is from Germany, which some of you may find surprising, but the Pfalz region is perfectly suited to producing red wines which are light in weight but certainly not lacking in flavour. From here, Lingenfelder Fox Label Dornfelder (€15.95, Buy 1 get 1 Half-Price), is a light red which shares many similarities with Pinot Noir; perfumed raspberry and cherry fruit with light tannins and fresh acidity. If you are looking for the perfect red wine to pair with seared tuna steaks, then look no further. You could even serve it lightly-chilled.
We have to return to France for my last pick, Château de Paraza (€12.95 down from €16.95), which is un-oaked and bursting with ripe red-berried fruit, undercut with some complexity thanks to the region's distinctive 'garrigue' herbal notes. This is a seriously good take on the classic Languedoc blend and is just the wine to go for when there is something a bit meatier, such as rib-eye steak on the Barbecue.
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