The warm weather is upon us and it is time to kick the grilling into high gear. The only question that remains is what wine to pair that rich, grilled food with. Now whether it is a big porterhouse or just a stuffed portabella mushroom, the same wines will apply. So here is our Top Ten BBQ Wines List:
#1 Il Tauro, Salice Salentino $8.99
One of the tricks to pairing wine with BBQ is to look for big, bold wines that are very easy drinking. This wine has deep, dark flavors of blackberry, blueberry and a nice Italian spice palate with a super, soft and silky finish. It also has a touch of sweet fruit on the finish that pairs well with BBQ sauce!
#2 The Velvet Devil, Merlot $12.99
Another rich wine that is silky soft on the finish which makes you beg for another glass. A Washington State wine that has plum, cassis and cherry flavors with just enough dry tannin to balance out the wine. A great wine that pairs well with or even without food.
#3 Portada, Red Blend $9.99
This is our newest Hit of the Year being voted by popular demand as the most sought after under $10 bottle of wine. This wine is everyones favorite because it is supple and complex without any hint of pretension. A great, delicious wine that just begs to be shared with friends and a nice fire!
#4 30 Degrees, Cabernet Sauvignon $12.98
A perennial favorite around here due to it's bold flavors and soft finish. This wine come from Paso Robles where is develops some really ripe, rich fruit flavors but without the mouth puckering tannins of its neighbor to the north (Napa).
#5 Mr. Blacks Little Book, Shiraz $15.99
Australia has been sitting on the sidelines of the wine world for a number of years after the bubble burst about ten years ago. This old producer weathered the bust by producing some of the tastiest wines coming from down under. Today this Shiraz stands out as a phenomenal wine at a great price!
#6 Vina Palaciega, Old Vine Malbec $10.99
Some of the oldest vines in Argentina produce the best wines because of their concentrated, complex flavor that are developed in their grapes. This bold Malbec has a blast of dark fruit flavor followed by a nice punch of tannins that really shine when paired with a big, juicy piece of meat.
#7 Klinker Brick, Old Vine Zinfandel $18.99
In California, most of the really old vines planted by Spanish missionaries have been long since torn out. Those grape growers that left the Zinfandel grapes survive are now rewarded by intensely flavored wines like this one. It has juicy, jammy flavors of concentrated raspberry, blackberry and cinnamon with a backbone of sweet oak that will blow your taste buds away. A must try!
#8 Isle Saint Pierre, Red Blend $9.99
This organic wine from the South of France is what they drink with Summer fare right off the grill. This blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 10% Arinarnoa is big enough to stand up to the biggest flavors while still keeping a nice balance and harmony of flavors.
#9 Can Blau, Red Blend $12.99
A stand out red blend from Spain made up of Garnacha, Carinena and Syrah have such luscious, smooth flavors that it is hard to put down. Think of blackberries and boysenberries mixed some sweet oaky spice flavors on a torrent of juicy sweetness without all the added sugar.
#10 Mas de Gourgonnier, Red Blend
The last but not least of our Summer picks. This blend from the South of France is classically French in style but with an American sensibility. The Grenache, Syrah and Cab give this wine a nice richness without being heavy. The hints of cedar, tobacco and baking spice make it a very cool and complex wine. A great wine that comes in one of the most fun bottles we have seen lately.