With a fairly good weather outlook ahead, I’m sure that all across the nation people will be dragging the Barbecue out of the garden shed this weekend, and even if the weather doesn’t hold I’m certainly going to be getting charcoal lit anyway.
In this climate of ours, if we were to wait for a weekend with guaranteed sunshine, it could be a very long wait indeed, and it being the last weekend in May, I can wait no longer.
It’s fair to say that with the informal nature of al-fresco dining, for many the tendency is to reach for a beer, and of course, there’s nothing wrong with that, but I think you will find that if you follow the simple guidelines below it is possible to pair wines with BBQ dishes very 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 barbecue 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.
Made by multi-award winning producer M.A.N. Vintners, Bellow’s Rock is a proper new-world Sauvignon Blanc. Bursting with fruit, herby aromatics, beautifully balanced, easily of a style and quality category that can put it up to New Zealand. For a real treat serve it with some sizzling chilli and garlic prawns.
Rosé d' Anjou is probably the most famous style of off-dry Rosé in the world. Well-made versions, like this wine from Bollinger-owned Langlois-Château are made solely from Cabernet Franc and have ripe, juicy red-berry fruit and a refreshingly crisp character. As I said above Rosé wines are very versatile and work well with most Barbecue dishes, but to see this wine at its best, try it alongside some mildly spiced Chicken Kebabs.
From leading producer Norton and with a label inspired by the street artists or ‘Porteños’ of Buenos Aires, Porteño Malbec is a juicier, more approachable take on Malbec. This is just the wine to go for with homemade beef burgers.
From a top-quality Lynch-Bages owned estate, L’Ostal Cazes Eclipse is elegant with fragrant dark fruit and a silky texture. Let this breathe for an hour to see it turn into one of the most attractive, fruit-rich French reds you will taste this year! This wine is just crying out for a charcoal grilled rib-eye steak.