Best Wines to pair with your BBQ
Nothing welcomes the warmer seasons better than a good ol’ fashioned barbecue. When it comes to the food, you have your juicy steaks, sizzling sausages and freshly grilled corn. But what about the drinks?
From bargain-priced bubbly to luxurious reds, GAYOT’s Top 10 Barbecue Wines include refreshing and crisp selections that are sure to pair perfectly with your grilled feast.
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1. Benessere Vineyards 2013 Black Glass Zinfandel
Origin: Napa Valley, California, U.S.A.
Named after the Italian word for “well-being,” Benessere Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery that uses quality Napa Valley fruit in its production. The 2013 Black Glass Zinfandel is a complex wine that transforms over time. Its initial aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry and blackberry deepen upon being aired for a couple hours and complement the velvety texture and medium body. The overall plummy and jammy flavors are accented with a tangy acidity and finish with a hint of spice.
For more information, visit the Benessere Vineyards official website.
2. Chateau Montelena Winery 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Napa Valley, California
Founded in 1888 as a barrel-aging facility called A.L. Tubbs, Chateau Montelena Winery is one of Napa Valley’s first wineries made of stone instead of wood. This 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is great for BBQ thanks to notes of blackberry, leather, plum and tobacco that are balanced with a hint of oak and a clean finish. Yes, it’s on the pricier side, but if you want to step up your cookout, this is the perfect choice.
For more information, visit the Chateau Montelena Winery official website.
3. Kaiken 2012 Ultra Malbec
Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Kaiken was founded by Aurelio Montes in 2002 with the intention of producing outstanding wine with the best crops from both sides of the Andes: Argentina and Chile. The Kaiken 2012 Ultra Malbec proves that such an international collaboration can be fruitful. The wine opens up with strong aromas of dark berry, bitter chocolate and licorice, followed by intense flavors of plum, espresso bean and spice. This lush, full-bodied wine is best enjoyed with red and white meats, creamy cheeses and sweet desserts.
For more information, visit the Kaiken Premium Wines official website.
4. MacMurray Estate Vineyards 2014 Central Coast Pinot Noir
Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: Central Coast, California, U.S.A.
A soft red wine with flavors of cranberry, cherry and pomegranate, the MacMurray Estate Vineyards 2014 Central Coast Pinot Noir offers great quality at a bargain price. The additional notes of spice and leather and the crisp acidity will be sure to complement your barbecue feast.
For more information, visit the MacMurray Estate Vineyards official website.
5. Martian Vineyard 2013 Gamay Noir
Type: Gamay Noir
Origin: Los Alamos, California, U.S.A.
Martian Ranch and Vineyard’s 2013 Gamay Noir is produced by carbonic maceration, the same method used for Beaujolais Noveau wine. The 2013 Gamay Noir is a light wine that blends base notes of earth and fruit with sweet and tart flavors. Strawberry jam, rose petal and cherry are strong on the nose, while subtle pine notes mingle with hints of smoke and spice on the palate.
For more information, visit the Martian Vineyard official website.
6. Roederer Estate Multi Vintage Brut Rosé
Origin: Anderson Valley, California, U.S.A.
Roederer Estate produces its wines with estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. The Roederer Estate Brut Rosé is a blend of both grape varietals, with the addition of oak-aged reserve wines, making it a multi-vintage cuvée. It has a complex, layered body with aromas of peach and strawberry. Flavors of cherry, citrus fruit and sugar cookie resolve in a creamy, smooth finish with a hint of spice.
For more information, visit the Roederer Estate official website.
7. SIP 2015 Rosé
Origin: Acampo, California
The SIP 2015 Rosé was produced by three wine industry veterans who came together to produce a California rosé using French methods. This dry rosé of Pinot Noir is a perfectly pink wine made from hand-harvested Napa and Sonoma grapes. It has dominant aromas of strawberry, candy apple and violet, with flavors of raspberry, spice and plum that give it a crisp acidity.
For more information, visit the SIP official website.
8. Taylor Fladgate 2012 Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Porto
Origin: Douro Valley, Portugal
Produced in a world-renowned vineyard located in Douro Valley, the birthplace of Port, Taylor’s Vintage Port is well-reputed amongst aficionados. The 2012 Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Porto comes from foot-treaded grapes that are aged in large French oak barrels for 24 months. This Port boasts aromas of wild herbs, violet and vanilla, along with flavors of dark berry and a full-bodied accent of spice.
For more information, visit the Taylor Fladgate official website.
9. Trefethen 2015 Dry Riesling
Origin: Napa, California, U.S.A.
Originally built in 1886, the Trefethen winery was purchased and revived by the Trefethen family in 1968 and now uses state-of-the-art sustainability practices to produce its wines. The 2015 Dry Riesling was fermented in stainless steel in order to preserve the varietal character. This method produces a crisp and refreshing wine with flavors of nectarine, pear and apple complemented by aromas of orange blossom and white flower. This riesling is best paired with spicy barbecue and grilled seafood.
For more information, visit the Trefethen Family Vineyards official website.
10. Yarden 2014 Gewurztraminer
Origin: Galilee, Israel
Yarden Wines, the flagship brand of Golan Heights Winery, is a series of kosher wines produced from the volcanic terroir of the mountainous Golan Heights region of Israel. The 2014 Gewurztraminer is a light-gold-colored wine with aromas of rose water, apricot, lychee and pear. On the palate, it has flavors of tropical fruit with a hint of spice and a long, dry finish. This wine is satisfactory if enjoyed now, better in 18 months and superb three years past harvest.
For more information, visit the Golan Heights Winery official website.