Barbecue and Wine Pairings

Ahh summer! Between the bugs and the heat, it's never been MY favorite season, with one exception: delicious, delicious barbecue! Naturally, beer is a perfect pairing, as well as sangria, margaritas or any lively, fruity cocktail, but did you know there is a plethora of fabulous wines that compliment BBQ dishes as well?

Here are some specially-selected suggestions for your next grill session:

Shrimp/ Scallops

BBQ Shrimp and Wine Pairings

Barbecued seafood always presents a conundrum: how can you compliment the bold, smoky grill notes without overpowering the delicate seafood flavors? Simple solution: dry rose! The refreshing acidity cleans the palate, allowing wave after wave of delicious flavor to dance across your tongue without any lingering heaviness, and the pretty red fruit flavors compliment the tangy spices beautifully.

Try:

La Moulinière Bordeaux Rosé

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 90304

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France | Bordeaux

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

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Domaine la Colombe Rosé

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 90156

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France | Provence | Coteaux Varois

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Primary Grape: Grenache

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Burgers

Burgers and Wine Pairing

Obviously, this is a pretty wide open category; anything can go on a burger, and, of course, you want to pair your wine to the key toppings. Try something rich and earthy, like a good Cotes du Rhone, with mushroom and swiss, something fruity and flavorful, like Australian Shiraz, with peppers and onions or something light and mellow, like Beaujolais, with turkey burgers.

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19 Crimes Shiraz

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 84746

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Primary Grape: Shiraz

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Chicken

Grilled Chicken and Wine Pairing

The beauty of chicken is that it takes on the flavors of everything it's cooked with, so when pairing, always remember to match the characteristics of the wine with the flavors of the sauce.  In Buffalo, this means Chiavetta's!  That tangy, vinegar-and-spice marinade is a staple of every backyard in Western New York, and its ubiquity means you'll always be safe bringing a crisp, fruity white, like a Riesling, Albarino or Vouvray, to any picnic.

Some favorites:

Martín Códax Albariño

2022 / 750 ml.

Item #: 73115

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Spain | Rias Baixas

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Primary Grape: Albariño

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Dr. L Riesling

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 74779

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Germany | Mosel

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Primary Grape: Riesling

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Ribs

Grilled Ribs and Wine Pairing

Messy, yet delicious, my number one reason for taking the time to slow-cook barbecued ribs is so I can have an excuse to drink the jammy, juicy reds that completely engulf most other foods. Petite Sirah, Amarone, Chateauneuf du Pape: this is YOUR time to shine!

Notarius Petite Sirah

Heart Arrow Ranch
2010 / 750 ml.

Item #: 74942

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Primary Grape: Petite Sirah

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RP93+93+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2013
Yet another gorgeous expression, the 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico La Marega takes a traditional approach, with 60% of the oak aging in botte grande and 40% in barrique. The elegance of the fruit comes though, as does the chewy intensity of the appassimento. Dark cola, mesquite, leather, resin, road asphalt, prune, raisin and cigar box fall seamlessly in line. The mouthfeel is richly textured and bold. Drink 2016–2028.
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2013
Sleek and silky, offering black cherry coulis and dried cranberry fruit notes, with supple tannins and accents of star anise, gumdrop, dried rosemary and sage that linger on the juicy finish. Drink now through 2023. 3,666 cases made.
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Primary Grape: Corvina

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Vegetarian

Grilled Vegetables and Wine Pairing

No need for your veggie friends to be left out...there are tons of yummy wines you can serve with grilled tofu and veggie kebabs. Cab Francs and Carmeneres tend to have bold herbal undertones that always work well with vegetarian dishes, and light-bodied bright reds such as Bonarda or Garnacha are super versatile and pair with basically any kind of tofu barbecue marinade.

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OGV Old Garnacha Vines

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 86750

WS9191 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 12/19
The members of this coop collectively own 1,750 acres; this wine comes from some of the region’s higher altitude vineyards, at 2,460 feet above sea level. It is impressively fresh, with a crunchy green edge to its spicy black-plum flavor. There’s a beef-broth richness that runs underneath the fruit, giving the wine the substance to pair with hearty foods, like barbecued beef.
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Spain | Calatayud

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Primary Grape: Grenache

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Car Men Air Carmenere

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 89859

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Chile | Valle Central | Maule Valley

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Primary Grape: Carménère

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