Perfect Pairings for Your Holiday Cookout
Cookouts, barbecues, picnics… all of these are usually seen as casual summer affairs. The drink of choice is often ice cold beer, soft drinks, or maybe even iced tea.
But around here, we’re wine folks. (And if you’re reading this, we assume you are, too!) Whether you realized it before or not, wine can go just wonderfully with cookout food! With a little help from JerseyLiving, we’ve put together wine pairings to match your grilled goodies!
Let’s start with a classic… and pair it with a classic!
Burgers are cookout food. They’re a near-universal favorite, and the smell of grilling burgers alone is enough to draw attention toward your get-together. Serve them with a robust, flavorful red. We recommend our classic Laurita Cab!
Ribs are usually spicy sweet, sometimes saucy, and pack a punch when it comes to flavor. Our Bistro, with its broad range of bouquet, flavours and finish, is bold enough to stick with your ribs without overpowering them!
Like ribs, grilled chicken can be seasoned a number of ways. A chilled white pairs wonderfully with chicken. Try our Chardonnay Naked 2013. Simple with tangy fruit flavors, it is clean, steely and bright.
No matter what kind of fish you serve, delicate tilapia or rich, meaty swordfish steaks, you’ll want a refreshing white. Try our Tailgate White, with hints of lemon, pineapple, melon and citrus overtones and a slight sweetness to soften the palate. Serve well chilled.
Yes, hot dogs. While they don’t necessarily shout haute cuisine, they are a cookout staple! And believe it or not, the best wine to pair with hot dogs is champagne! That’s because they tend to be salty, and salt brings out all the flavors in the bubbly! (And don’t feel silly with a hot dog in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other… it’s a holiday! Anything goes!)
Pork pairs well with a rich merlot, like our Merlot 2013, which tastes as silky as it pours. For an even more complimentary blend of tastes, serve your chops with a salad dressed in light vinaigrette.
What do you think? Did we miss any cookout classics? Do you have a favorite barbecue pairing of your own you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!