Wines for Barbecue-A Few of Our Picks

Wine and Barbecue

Wine and Barbecue are a match made in heaven.. if you’ve got the right kind of wine.

With blazing summer temps and high humidity, heavy reds are often put aside in lieu of lighter bodied reds or Rosé wines that have nice acidity as well as some tannic structure and can be served chilled alongside your (North Carolina) vinegar based sauces and roasted meats.

However, if you are a die hard heavy red wine drinker there are plenty of great full bodied reds that pair fantastically with grilled and red meats. It all depends on the type of barbecue sauce you’re using or whether you are pairing with ‘naked’ grilled meats.

To simplify-

Most NC barbecue sauces are primarily vinegar based, but some have a bit of tomato/ketchup (and sweetness) added.

Vinegar based sauces need wines with ample acidity.

Sweeter vinegar based sauces with tomato pair best with wines that have a bit more tannin. 

Roasted meats sans-sauce (aka ‘naked’) pair well with full-bodied reds or Rosé with some tannin.

Here are seven of our favorite picks for great wines to pair with barbecue, that we’re currently stocking at Foxcroft:

2016 Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d’Alba

Barbera is a nice bright and medium bodied red that pairs well with foods that need wines with more acidity (such as NC vinegar based barbecue sauces). This Barbera from Marchesi di Gresy has aromas and flavors of red fruit like rasberries and cherries and a nice weight followed by an elegant finish. Well balanced and smooth this is the kind of wine you’ll probably want to grab a second bottle of…

2017 Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vine Grenache

This comes from head-trained vines planted in the 1910s, near the southern flanks of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s saturated with flavor, from baking spice to deep red-cherry notes, and structured by ripe, concentrated tannins. It’s a grenache with exceptional composure and grace. Great with grilled meats.

2017 Birichino Scylla

Bonny Doon veterans started their own project 10 years ago, and continue to impress with incredibly good-value wines. The fruit comes from two Carignane vineyards planted in the early 1920s, while the Grenache and Mourvèdre are over 100 years old. The result is a floral, aromatic nose of red and black fruits which are really crunchy on the palate with a lingering, spicy finish. Lots of fun. Great with grilled meats and darker or fruit infused barbecue glazes. 62% Carignan, 33% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre.

2015 Domaine de la Reserve d’O Terrasses du Larzac

A gorgeously supple, floral red. Equal parts grenache and syrah with ten percent cinsault, vinified entirely in a mix of cement and stainless steel, the wine is juicy with pure berry fruit, soft grape-skin tannins lending it a gently firm grip and suede-like texture.

This full-bodied red has a plump, polished feel with licorice and orange zest notes lining the raspberry and currant flavors at the core. Pairs well with grilled meats and anything else on the table.

2018 Las Jaras Glou Glou

‘Our mission with the 2018 Glou Glou was to create the perfect warm-weather red: something fresh, chuggable, and light that tastes like sparkles and bright, summer fruit.’ Serve this slightly chilled, and you will be the hero of your next backyard barbecue—this is the most refreshing red wine ever, and the perfect antidote to long summer days and the heat of the grill.

Glou Glou has intense berry notes that perfectly complement the char of a burger or meat on the grill and enough acid to stand up to your favorite NC vinegar based barbecue sauce! This wine dances in your mouth. 63% Carignan, 23% Zinfandel, 3% Valdiguie, 8% Charbono.

2013 Vecchia Torre Barocco Reale Primitivo

This deep, garnet colored Primitivo has intense aromas of ripe red fruit with a full round and structured body. This would pair well with grilled meats, game and cheese (you have to nosh on something while the meat is grilling…).

2014 Easton Amador County Zinfandel

The 2014 has full black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with a beautiful balance and a big, sumptuous, and juicy mouth feel. It also presents complex spicy aromas, with a nice creamy texture derived from the 10 months’ time it receives in French oak barrels. Great paired with grilled red meats or pork.

2018 Vecchia Torre Leverano Rosato

This bright Rosato from Italy has intense aromas of red fruit with plenty of acid and freshness on the palate yet still has a nice soft finish. This will pair well with your tangy vinegar based bbq sauces, grilled fish (such as salmon) and tomato based salads (Caprese anyone?).