Perfect Pairings for the Grill
Perfect Pairings for the Grill
Barbecue or Dry Rub

Barbecue or Dry Rub


Few dishes are more flavorful than grilled meat either basted with spicy barbecue sauce or encrusted with a dry rub. Its smoky, sweet, and spicy flavors demand a gutsy, full flavored red. Look for rich, fruit-driven, low tannin reds like  ZINFANDEL , West Coast  SYRAH  or Australian  SHIRAZ , or full throttled reds from the  SOUTHERN RHONE .

Red Meat

Red Meat


Simply seasoned grilled red meats like steak or burgers work well with a broader range of reds, including a young, tannic  CABERNET SAUVIGNON  or (if you're feeling extravagant) a full-bodied Italian red like  BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO . But don't hesitate to take a cue from the gauchos of Argentina, where  MALBEC  and asado reign supreme.

White Meat

White Meat


Simply seasoned white meat like chicken or pork work well with both white and red wines. A  NEW WORLD SAUVIGNON BLANC  and its savory notes will accent simply seasoned chicken, and an  OFF DRY RIESLING  will do so for simply seasoned pork. For those seeking a red, both chicken and pork take especially well to vibrantly flavored reds like  PINOT NOIR  or  BEAUJOLAIS .

Seafood

Seafood


Grilled seafood and white wine are a natural together. A crisp, savory  SAUVIGNON BLANC  from either the Loire or from New Zealand or even a  SPARKLING WINE  marries beautifully with the sweet and smoky flavors of grilled shrimp and lighter fish. Choose more moderately priced sparklers like prosecco, cava, or any sparkler from the West Coast.

Salmon or Tuna

Salmon or Tuna


The rich, smoky flavors of grilled salmon or tuna demand something more substantial. For white, try a full-bodied  PINOT GRIS  from Oregon or from Alsace. Seek out an  OREGON PINOT NOIR  if you have a taste for a red. Don't hesitate to pair salmon or tuna with a top notch  ROSÉ  - seek out a Tavel or a Bandol.

Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegetables


Grilled vegetables, when well seasoned and basted, make for a delicious main dish. The smoky nuances, the savory spices, and the subtle sweetness of caramelized vegetables can be just as satisfying as grilled meat, and deserve a well paired wine. The red fruit, savory herb notes, and refreshing citrus finish of a  ROSÉ  shine with grilled vegetables.