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by: Anna Spooner
25 Aug 2017

Throw your meat on the BBQ and get the wine cooler out for the final BBQ of the Summer…

As the final bank holiday of the summer approaches (sobs!) it’s officially BBQ time. So panic buy charcoal, hose down the garden furniture and most importantly – grab the corkscrew!

Here is a wine seller run down of the bottles you should be teaming with your favourite BBQ dishes… best served with sunshine! *crosses fingers*

Best Wine for Sausages

Sausages can often be that ‘in-between’ food – some are light and work beautifully with fuller whites but others call for the power of a red. Enter the solution… chilled reds. Reds with lighter tannins and fruit forward profile. Try this succulent and velvety Pinot Noir, and chill for 20-30 minutes before serving.

Estevez Chilean Pinot Noir, Central Valley, Chile, 2015 (£4.79 at Aldi)

Best Wine for Burgers

High protein burgers packed with flavour call for a wine that brings enough punch to the table. The master of the powerhouse reds, a Malbec, is a fantastic choice. This corker from Sainsbury’s combines silky tannins and delicious bright fruit.

Morador Taste the Difference Malbec, Argentina (£8.50 at Sainsbury’s)

Best Wine for BBQ Fish

Try something off the beaten track such as the Falanghina grape from Italy – it’s far more impressive amongst friends than a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio! This is perfect as an aperitif with honeysuckle aromas, often a subtle minerality as well as a lovely citrus taste. It’s hard to find an example that beats the Vesevo, it’s a classy number with one of the most eye-catching bottles around.

Vesevo Falanghina, Campagnia, Italy (£10.95 at SLURP)

Best Wine for Chicken Drumsticks

Whether it’s honey and mustard, sticky BBQ favourer or herbs; it’s important to get your wine choice right for those chicken drumsticks. A finely made dry Riesling often has the broad range to match a myriad of sauces. The Pewsey Vale from Australia is packed with lime and lemon alongside some dried herbs and a touch of honey – and not a Blue Nun bottle in sight!

Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley, Australia 2015 (£14.99 at Ocado)

Best Wine for Kebabs

Whilst delicious and refreshing, rosé wine can often make an uninspiring food pairing. So, when you think pink with flavoursome food it’s important to scale up. This Provence rosé has been barrel aged meaning it’s something special. The smoky touch is fantastic with charred peppers and courgettes and will marry beautifully with chicken or fish kebabs and even grilled halloumi.

QT Mirabeau, Provence, France, 2016 (£13.59 at Waitrose)

Best Wine for Butterfly lamb

Okay, so you’re not likely to be BBQing a butterflied leg of lamb on a lazy Wednesday evening after work. But if you’re impressing guests then this is surely the dish to choose and only a wine of equal valour and elegance will do. This classic blend is an impressive alternative to its pricier Chateaunuef-du-Pape neighbour with red fruits and a touch of spice and herb.

Domaine du Grapillon d’Or Gigondas, Rhone, France, 2011 (£19.99 at Waitrose)

Anna Spooner is a wine a spirits consultant and writer

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