Barbecues are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the day with Dad. And all that grillin’ just screams for a good red wine. But if you’re thinking it’s too warm for red, think again! With these few tips, finding the perfect summer sip won’t have to put your love of red on hold.
- Chill out! Pop your bottle of red wine in the fridge for about 30 mins – or in an ice chest for about half that – and you’ll be amazed at how much more refreshing it will taste.
- No or Low Oak wines are generally fresher and fruitier.
- Low to Moderate Alcohol levels usually equate to lower tannin levels for a wine that won’t weigh you down.
- Light to Medium bodied wines tend to be easy on the palate, bright and light.
So, whether you’re in the backyard or on the beach – serving burgers and brats, or steak and grilled veggies – there’s tons of options for pairing your favorite Temecula Valley wine with whatever you’re serving up.
If the mainstay is red meat, a spicy Zinfandel or Syrah would be perfect. If you’re looking for a more mellow choice, a fruit forward Merlot always works; it’s also great with chicken, pork chops or fish. If your fave is a Cabernet, go ahead and drink what you like. But try not to shortchange your options. Go for a nice red blend for the best of all worlds. And don’t forget about a blush wine; there’s nothing a nice dry rosé can’t do for spicy ribs and coleslaw – or a plate of spicy hot wings!
A few Temecula Valley wine suggestions for your next barbecue:
Baily Winery ~ Rosé of Sangiovese: fun, fruity and full of character
Danza del Sol Winery ~ Grenache: the color is light, but the aromas are bright
Maurice Car’rie Winery ~ Cody’s Crush: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah blend
Oak Mountain Winery ~ Merlot: berry, raspberry, blackberry, plum, and abundant smokey oak
Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ Big Fred’s Red: ripe blueberry and black cherry, hints of caramel