Happy summertime, red wine lovers! Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you have to swap your favorite vino for something light, bright and bubbly! Besides, red wine goes great with some of the most mouthwatering bbq'd meats. Like this list of crowd favorites, now conveniently paired with the perfect red wine.
Ribs + Château Argadens Red
This Bordeaux is powerful and dense--exactly what you need to combat the smoky flavors and thick sauces of a good rack of ribs.
Chicken + Barons de Rothschild Bordeaux
Another Bordeaux, but this one matches well to BBQ chicken with sauce. The wine shows dark fruit con the palate complemented by slightly woody flavors. This one stands up to the charred, crispy pieces best.
Bratwurst + Domaine Gueguen Chablis
Okay, fine. This is a white wine. But you have to go white with sausages, especially bratwurst. Try a dry Riesling or Domaine Gueguen Chablis for a touch of freshness and a dose of richness to your meal.
Steak + Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Réserve Spéciale
Pair a big steak with a robust wine, like Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Réserve Spéciale. With hints of pepper and good structure, this wine will complement any steak with ease.
Salmon + Domaine des Farondes Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is arguably the only red wine that can pair beautifully with fish--and a grilled piece of salmon is exactly what this wine calls for. Soft tannins and red fruits with a hint of pepper typify this Burgundian red and make for a delectable match to the fattiness of a thick piece of salmon.
Burger + Jadot Beaujolais-Villages
And finally, the favorite of most grillmasters, the burger. Whether you have a homemade patty or store-bought burger, have a glass of Jadot Beaujolais-Villages nearby. This Burgundy wine is well-structured and food-friendly. Exactly the qualities you need to match your burger masterpiece.
Cheers to outdoor cooking and good red wine all summer long!