Elevate your next backyard barbecue with these BBQ wine pairings. Here are seven amazing wines that pair well with grilled food.
Summer is here! I’ve been grilling on the regular and I’ve been on a mission to sample lots of different wines paired with grilled foods.
Most people associate BBQ and grilled foods with beer but did you know that wine pairs extremely well too?
Do you embrace wine with barbecue?
Wondering what wine goes with barbecue?
Here are some of my favorite bottles of wine for pairing with grilled foods of all kinds!
Be sure to check out my favorite side dishes for barbecue and sauces for ribs too!
Pinot Noir is one of the most food-friendly red wines out there. It’s flavors are delicate enough to not overpower the food that you’re eating it with and it makes a great match for seafood, poultry and red meat. It’s particularly tasty paired with smoked meats because Pinot Noir has an earthy, smoky quality to it.
Try it Paired With: Lemon Chicken Skewers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce
Barbera is another red wine to try when you’re looking for something a little lighter than a Cabernet. Ripe, dark berries and savory notes round out this wine. You can even try this wine chilled slightly, by sticking it in the fridge for 30 minutes before you plan to enjoy it.
Try it Paired With: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Charred Lemon Chimichurri
Rosé is a fun, flirty wine, perfect for sipping on the patio. With aromas of strawberry, watermelon, and citrus, rosé has a good amount of acidity to it that stands up to grilled foods.
Like Pinot Noir, Rosé can pair with a wide variety of dishes from seafood to grilled pork. It’s also a perfect match for veggie burgers or grilled turkey burgers.
Try it Paired With: Mango Lime Grilled Chicken
Spanish wines are fun to play around with in the summertime. They’re budget-friendly and pair exceptionally well with grilled meats. Look for Rioja, Tempranillo or Garnacha which will offer aromas of cherry, wood smoke and leather.
Try it Paired With: Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce
Much like a light beer, sparkling wines tame down the heat and liven up many grilled dishes. Look for affordable bottles like cava or prosecco. They’re fun wines that bring a feeling of fancy to an otherwise casual get together.
Try it Paired With: Grilled Pork Chops with White BBQ Sauce
Red blends combining Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot, etc. are great all around BBQ pairing wines and I love them with a simple burger.
Try it Paired With: Red Wine Burgers
When you’re serving up something big and beefy at your barbecue, you’re going to want a big red wine. Zinfandel has a silky characteristic to it that helps to tone down the in your face smokiness of certain grilled dishes.
6 thoughts on “BBQ Wine Pairings: 7 Wines that Pair with BBQ Perfectly”
All spot on recommendations and wines I live on during “grilling season”, which you probalby know I have in quotes because that is year-round for me 😉
Sparkling, rosé, and Pinot Noir are pretty much the most versatile wines on the planet and can go with so many flavors!.
PS I’m dying to try your pork tenderloin recipe. Look so good!
I totally agree Mary – I find rosé, pinot and riesling to be the most all-around food friendly wines. And, yes, I’m so jealous of your year round fabulous grilling recipes!
I associate bbq with summer and summer with chilled white wine… I’m intrigued to try all of these!
It’s fun to experiment with red wines in the summer too KC – You can even try popping a bottle of it into the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving, so that it’s just barely chilled.
I love grilling season! We’ve been taste testing BBQ wines as well and these are excellent options! Loving the complexity of Pinot Noir wines right now that make them sooo extra tasty with BBQ. And Barbera is always great with certain grilled meats!Those lamb chops look delicious!
This is just perfectly timed, Erin! We are hoping to have a little backyard BBQ get-together next month. That Parducci Pinot Noir sounds like a great choice for us. (My husband would be all over those Lamb Chops, btw.)