It's prime time for summer grilling, and we've rounded up our favorite BBQ-friendly wines to pair with every outdoor celebration this season.
Albet i Noya "Curiosa" Rosat - Penedès DO - 2018
This rosé is a brilliant pale pink color, with intense aromas of red fruit, spices and balsamic. In the mouth there are notes of strawberries, blackberries and gooseberry sweets. Made with organic grapes.
Suggested pairing: grilled fish, or a marinated mozzarella melon salad
Bodegas Matarromera "Granza" Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) - Toro DO - 2013 - 92 points & Gold - Tastings.com
Aromas of sour raspberry, red cherry, plum, jamón serrano, and stewed tomato with an sharp, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long cocoa nib and espresso finish with firm tannins. A full-bodied, palate-coating Spanish Red.
Suggested pairing: Grilled beef or brisket
Frey Zinfandel - Mendocino AVA - 2017
Silver & “Highly Recommended” - 2019 Tastings.com World Wine Championships - Bramble berry aromas, and is fruit-forward with a spicy finish.
Suggested pairing: Barbecued pork
Nuova Cappelletta Barbera - Barbera del Monferrato DOC - 2016
Dark cherry fruit, spice & a dry finish with lots of depth. Traditional style. Made with certified organic grapes. Certified Biodynamic.
Suggested pairing: Grilled pork with Chimichurri
Edoardo Miroglio Bio Rosé (Bouquet/Mavrud) - Thracian Valley - 2017
Delicate fruity nose, with the typical characteristics of both indigenous grape varieties. The taste is elegant and well balanced, with pleasant fruity flavors. Aged in stainless steel tanks. Made with certified organic grapes.
Suggested pairing: Grilled shrimp
Quinta da Plansel “Capela Santa Margarida” Red Blend (Aragonez/Trincadeira/Alicante) - Alentejano IGP - 2016
Notes of mint & eucalyptus on the nose. Delicate spice touches & wild berries in the mouth. Smooth & elegant finish. Made with certified organic grapes. Composition: 40% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 20% Trincadeira, 20% Alicante Bouschet
Suggested pairing: Burgers (veggie, mushroom, or meat) and beef
Navarrsotillo “Noemus” Joven (Tempranillo/Garnacha/Mazuelo) - Rioja DOCa - 2017
A young Rioja wine, balanced, rich and juicy, with black cherry fruit and vanilla and spice overtone. Nice hints of herbal and green notes in the tannins. Made with certified organic grapes. Composition: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 5% Mazuelo
Suggested pairing: Grilled steak