Sure, now that we can safely fire up the bullets among family and friends after what we went through last year, pretty much anyone wine will taste pretty good on a grill today. After all, there are no set rules when sipping along with the barren delicacy that is hot from the grill or sipping the snacks on the side.
Yet this is still a celebration of life. Was here! We did it! Let’s drink good stuff this season!
Here are some amazing whites, rosés, sparklers and reds to look out for in the wine shop or online retailers before firing up the balls and what to pair them with.
Wines of bread and butter Prosecco DOC
I love a little bubbly as an aperitif to start a meal, and what’s the name of this wine? Winemaker Linda Trotta worked on a 90-year-old, family-owned winery in Fossalta di Piave near Venice, Italy, to produce this DOC Extra Dry Prosecco. It was made in an elegant style to sip nicely, but this price point also provides an excellent base for sparkling cocktails and seasonal spritzes. $ 16
This wine has been produced at Compañia Vinícola del Norte de España since 1915. And with good reason. This delicious 100% Viura is a great way to awaken the palate to a great meal with the zippy taste of pear and green apple with just a touch of white flowers. $ 25
This juicy northwestern Italian white is another spring / summer favorite. It is made from 100% Cortese grapes harvested from the hills of the Rovereto di Gavi Superiore zone, delivering medium-sized yuzu and ripe grapefruit flavors with a slightly nutty and earthy flavor. With its medium finish, it is ideal with solid grilled fish such as swordfish steaks, but also pre-dinner snacks such as olives and cheese. $ 41
This blend of Touriga Nacional and Aragonez from Portugal’s Alentejo region is pink but so full – bodied that it almost drinks like a darker red with its balance of tanginess, spice and fruit. It is a delicious sipper on its own and matches a range of grills from burgers to ribs with fancy sauces to seafood to vegetables. And if you struggle to regain your strength in a social conversation at a gathering, if you bring this wine, you can discuss how it is named after the fallen Franciscan nun who was the subject of the book from the 17th century Letter from a Portuguese nun. $ 15
You social, led by Sara Moll, aims to highlight sustainable producers under the radar and sustainable producers and chose this Finger Lakes winery for its first partnership. Red Tail Ridge lead winemaker Nancy Irelan has built the sole GRIEF Gold certified winery in the state. This lip smacker of a Cab Franc rosé is a great way to get a BBQ party going, and with its light pepperiness, it’s especially delicious with veggie burgers and grilled sausages. $ 26
I love Lambrusco on a grill because it has all the flavors of a red wine with the sparkling refreshment of a sparkling one. The combination of dark fruit and mild acidity goes well with a variety of snacks you might munch on when the grill gets hot – cheeses, charcuterie, olives, chips and hummus, etc. – or also suits most of the most important events (especially ribs with a vinegary sauce or salt cheese burgers). This is from the world’s first single vineyard Lambrusco, from the red clay soils of Tenuta La Rampata winery in Italy’s Reggio Emilia province. You will have several bottles on hand to hold the summer. $ 25
From the foot of this designation comes this versatile blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc from Ch. Lassègue’s second brand. This vintage is only 12 months in French oak, which gives it a lightness that allows for a slightly chilled serving. It’s great with grilled chicken or even hot dogs! $ 30
This is said to be a unique vintage in Colchuaga where this ancient grape has blossomed (even when it was once incorrectly identified as Merlot) for generations. This is a rocking example of Chilean Carménère at an affordable price. It is juicy and full-bodied, but has well-structured pepper, herbal media and hints of bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Grill some lamb chops or lamb burgers, and keep this baby ready with a little chill. $ 19
If you are cooking a steak and want the taste of a Cally cab without the heavy fruit and alcohol, this Paso Robles trade hits the spot. From a vineyard that benefits from a long, cool growing season, this red tart blackberry and plum delivers flavors with a touch of milk chocolate, sweet spice and earthy olives. $ 22
Grill, but make it elegant! If you grill salmon or pork chops, a Pinot is an ideal pairing. This comes from grapes grown in topfields throughout Sonoma’s Russian river valley. I recommend decanting in advance or at least letting the bottle breathe for about an hour so that its layers of dark cranberry, plum, raspberry, pinecone, vanilla and bittersweet chocolate open up. It’s worth the wait. $ 45
A syrah with a certain depth is an excellent choice to pair with grilled meats like lamb, duck breast or short ribs. This one is especially grillable because the story is born of flames: The first vintage of this Yakima Valley, WA wine was in 2002, after a nearby wildfire affected the grapes. Since then, it has been produced in a style reminiscent of Rhônes Cornas with notes of black plum, fig and bing cherries with a touch of black pepper in the finish. Sold out through the winery, but available at select retailers, around $ 25.
Andes Mountains Malbec 2018
There are compelling reasons why steak and Malbec are considered a classic pairing. Grapes for this wine were grown in the Luján de Coyo and Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina over 1,000 meters above sea level, resulting in an optimally balanced maturity. The soft, dark berry flavors and subtle herbal aromas and tannins beg for grilled red meat. $ 20
Got pie but don’t like overly sweet dessert wines? Put this rich red wine from Georgia, the country that is, on ice for about 20 to 30 minutes when you make the candies ready. Although not technically a dessert wine, this 100% Saperavi is very ripe, lush and fruity and will be ideal with apple, blueberry or blackberry pie and vanilla ice cream. $ 19