With a fairly good weather outlook ahead, I thought now would the perfect time 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 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, all of which either included in our ongoing French Wine Sale which runs until Wednesday the 24th, or our Rosé promotion which runs all summer long.
From Southwest France, Le Labyrinthe Côte de Gascogne (€9.95 down from €13.95 save 29%) is wonderfully fresh & fruity with grapefruit aromas and underlying exotic fruit. The zesty & refreshing palate finishes long on those exotic notes. For a real treat serve it with some sizzling chilli and garlic prawns.
An incredibly sophisticated Provencal Rosé, Mirabeau (€16.95 buy 1 get 1 half-price) offers a combination of ripe red fruits and zesty apple fruit on the palate with a refreshing zip of acidity. This is a wine that tends towards elegance, rather than power, yet it has a very impressive finish. As I said above Rosé wines are very versatile and work well with most Barbeque dishes, but to see this wine at its best, try it alongside some mildly spiced Chicken Kebabs.
From a leading Languedoc estate, owned and run by winemaker, Laurent Miquel and his Irish wife Neasa, Les Beauchamps Syrah (€10.95 down from €14.95 save 27%) is youthful and vividly fruity with juicy cherry and blueberry fruit and could even be served lightly chilled. This is just the wine to go for with homemade beef burgers.
For my last selection, I have a chosen another red, Solensis (€14.36 down from €17.95 save 20%) which is made with organically grown Syrah and Grenache from the sun-drenched vineyards of the Languedoc. From these perfectly ripe grapes, Legendary winemaker Gérard Bertrand has crafted a delicious red, jam-packed with ripe bramble fruit. This wine is just crying out for a charcoal grilled rib-eye steak.