Pairing wines with your BBQ – As the temperature rises slowly and we enter into the spring season with a lot of extra time on our hands, many people start thinking about lighting up the BBQ. The conviviality of cooking outdoors is something very attractive to many amateur foodies. If is not very chilly or windy outside, you pop up a bottle of sparkling or rose wine while you prep up your meat and veggies and wait until they grill to perfection!!. It is a great way to encourage conversation and storytelling.
Another advantage of BBQ is that you dirty the kitchen less. Basically you would need two bowls and two boards to prepare your marinated meat and seasoned vegetables that are going to the open fire. It is also a relatively fast cooking method that frees up time to spend with your loved ones or entertaining your guests.
With a BBQ you don’t need a “complicated” wine. It’s nice to have some complexity in your glass but your main focus should be the people around it and of course what are you grilling. Of course, what you would drink and grill will depend on the size of your wallet. I suspiciously think that big spenders would opt for fancy cuts of steak and expensive wines. Others I suppose will do with chicken or the democratic pork cuts. However, no matter what you are grilling, here are some versatile wine suggestions to satisfy all the demanding palates
Pairing wines with your BBQ
Buti Nages rose 2018
Spicy and floral bringing to mind espelette pepper, pink peppercorns and violets with a touch of raspberry sorbet and lavender. On the palate, delicious flavours of Swedish berries with a juicy acidity and subtle mineral finale. Digest with a great value for money. On its own or with grilled bruschetta while the meat is being grilled!
Montirius La Muse Papilles 2017
Amazing nose. Cherry blossom, red liquorice with a hint of cinnamon, menthol and cilantro. On the mouth, racy and fluid. Long with an outstanding garrigue finale. Pair it with grilled tuna with aioli.
Bonterra Pinot Noir 2016
Beautiful cherry morello notes with eucalyptus and raspberry ganache complemented by touches of sun-dried tomatoes. Juicy and fleshy with baking spice and liquorice flavours. A warmer and richer version of a Burgundian Pinot Noir. Pair it with with BBQ filet mignon
Vignobles Dulon Château Grand Jean
Leafy blackberry fruit with leather and a hint of fragrant pepper. Compact with ripe and fleshy tannins. Racy with a long finale. Pair it with BBQ T-Bone steak
Vignerons de Bel Air Côte de Brouilly 2017
Sexy nose reminiscent of ripe rhubarb, tomato coulis and fresh strawberries. Round, fresh and very digest with gentle tannins. Amazing value for the price it commands. Pair it with southwestern chicken wings.
Last call for this wine…
Jaffelin Rully 2016
The most northerly village of the Côte Chalonnaise in Burgundy, Rully is a not very well known appellation that makes quality driven red and white wines. It has a surface production surface area of approximately 343.46 ha with a focus for white wine production.
Chardonnay is considered to be the better grape in Rully; showing notes of yellow fruit, these light, unoaked styles tend to be austere in problematic cool vintages but sometimes have outstanding fruit character. The reds show light simple fruit and a slightly rustic earthiness, in the style of the Côte Chalonnaise, and can age fairly well.
The Côtes Chalonnaise yields some of Burgundy’s best-value whites, and Jaffelin Rully is an excellent example of the quality in this village. This is absolutely delicious, classic white Burgundy. Floral and buttery with fine aromas of almond cream, ripe peach and pear. Steely structure with a good acidity. It drinks well know but it will age in the next 5 years. Pair it with grilled scallops.
Disclaimer: The wines for this article were provided by their importers for evaluation purposes.