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Wine Pairing for BBQ

Nothing can welcome the warm seasons much better than an old fashioned barbecue.

When it comes to your BBQ, you have the juicy steaks, fresh grilled corns and sizzling sausages.

But what about wine?

Wine pairing for barbeque/bbq

Red Wine for BBQ

It’s no secret that a grilled steak pairs best with red wine.

Wine that has been aged in new oak have a smoky sweet flavour that works best with char on grilled meat.

A grilled steak and Cabernet wine blends make a classic combo. Cabernet blends from Washington and California are less known and can enhance your grilled steak experience.

barbeque bbq wine pairing with food

Wine grape varieties

Bordeaux for BBQ

If you love the European wines, then the red Bordeaux which is a Merlot and Cabernet blend are a good bet for most types of BBQs.

These wines have a more tannins and acids than California wines, which makes them good for a buttery and a rich sauce.

The savoury flavours found in Bordeaux are best with an herb-loaded condiment.

Zinfandel for BBQ

If you are rubbing the BBQ with sweet spices or simply brushing with a Chile sauce such as mole, then you should pair it with a berry flavoured California Zinfandel.

Zinfandel usually has a high level of acidity with moderate tannins and this makes it a perfect match with the steaks that have a relatively high amount of fats.

Cabernet Sauvignon for BBQ

Cabernet Sauvignon is usually the first choice for wine-steak pairing because the powerful flavours and rich fruit taste of the wine can stand up with most of the grilled delicacies.

So if you can’t find a better wine to pair with your grilled steaks, always think of a Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

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