7 Wines that Pair with BBQ Perfectly

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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 with my new Big Green Egg 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? So much so in fact that I’ve developed a new summer mantra and have it hanging in our house on my new McLeod Letter Co. felt letterboard:

Do you embrace wine with barbecue? Here are some of my favorite bottles of wine for pairing with grilled foods of all kinds:

Pinot Noir

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.

Bottle to try:

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Parducci Small Lot 2014 Vintage Pinot Noir ($15)

This Pinot Noir offers aromas of juicy, ripe red berries and finishes with hints of baking spice, tobacco and earthy notes. Well rounded, yet with a good amount of acidity, it pairs well with a variety of dishes.

Try Pinot Noir paired with these Lemon Chicken Skewers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce

Say bye-bye to boring grilling this summer! These Lemon Chicken Skewers cook up perfectly on the grill and are served with a side of Harissa Yogurt Sauce for extra flavor | platingsandpairings.com


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

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Pertinace Barbera d’Alba ($15)

This Barbera d’Alba greets you with ripe blackberry and cherry aromas and finishes with good tannic structure and a savory note.

Try Barbera d’Alba paired with this Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Charred Lemon Chimichurri

This Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Charred Lemon Chimichurri is the perfect quick dinner for hot summer nights! You can grill this beautiful dinner and prepare the amazing sauce in just 30 minutes. | platingsandpairings.com

Dry Rosé

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.

Bottle to try:

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Seven Hills Dry Rosé ($18)

This Seven Hills Rosé is my favorite rosé wine of the year. It’s got a perfect balance of grapefruit, strawberry, and stone fruit and it finishes bone dry with a good bit of minerality. I can’t get enough of it!

Try Rosé paired with this Mango Lime Grilled Chicken

Mango Lime Grilled Chicken features a sweet and spicy mango lime marinade that caramelizes perfectly on a hot grill. It's perfect for your summer BBQ. | platingsandpairings.com

Spanish Wine


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.

Bottle to try:

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Matsu El Picaro 2015 ($15)

This full-bodied wine has aromas of dark, ripe berries, and finishes with a good minerality. It’s great paired with spicier grilled dishes like ribs that are covered in rich barbecue sauce.

Try this Spanish wine paired with Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce.

Sparkling Wine

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.

Bottle to try:

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Gratien & Meyer Crémant de Loire ($15)

Pink bubbles are just the best! This creamy wine has aromas of strawberry and baking spices and pairs well with grilled fish or chicken.

Try a sparkling wine paired with Grilled Swordfish with Tangy Rosé Wine Mayonnaise

Grilled Swordfish with Tangy Rosé Wine Mayonnaise will take your grilling to the next level. Grilled swordfish is topped with rosé wine mayonnaise that is also turned into a creamy vinaigrette used to dress a simple & refreshing salad of fennel, radish and avocado. | platingsandpairings.com

Red Blends

Bottle to try: 

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Seven Hills Red Blend ($35)

This red blend combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Aromas of dark berries and ripe plum play nicely with herbal notes, hints of chocolate and firm tannins. This is a great all around BBQ pairing wine and I love it with a simple burger.

Pair this Red Blend with these Red Wine Burgers

These Red Wine Burgers are decadent treat for your summer BBQ. Seasoned with a red wine-shallot reduction, topped with melted cheese and served simply with a thick slice of tomato and lettuce. | platingsandpairings.com


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.


Bottle to try:

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Zin-Phomaniac 2015 Old Vines Zinfandel ($15)

This smooth wine has aromas of blackberry, blueberry and baking spices. It’s a juicy, full-bodied wine with a long finish.

Try a Zinfandel paired with these Lamb Chops with Peanut Sauce

These Lamb Chops with Spicy Peanut Sauce are perfect for your next BBQ. Rich, smoky grilled lamb pairs perfectly with the creamy, tangy Thai-style spicy peanut sauce. It’s a delicious, quick and easy dinner. | platingsandpairings.com

Note: Some of these wines were received as media samples, but many I purchased on my own. As always, all opinions are mine alone.


  1. Mary

    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!


    1. Erin

      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!


  2. KC Johnson

    I associate bbq with summer and summer with chilled white wine… I’m intrigued to try all of these!


    1. Erin

      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.


  3. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    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!


  4. Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman

    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.)


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