Summer is in full force, the time of year we look forward to for many different reasons! Outdoor BBQ’s are a staple to my summer, it’s a great time to enjoy the warm weather and relax with friends and family. In honor of my favorite past time, I thought I would share some tips for pairing wines with summer weather and BBQ’s.
If you are looking for something quick and easy, the Steel Plow Syrah is a great pair with everything that goes on the BBQ. If you prefer Pinot Noir on a summer day, some great grilling foods to look for are a porterhouse or T-bone steak, pork tenderloin, duck, and lamb. “Cooking with Carol” has an amazing recipe for grilled pork tenderloin that pairs with our 2009 Kanzler Pinot Noir, this is my personal favorite summer pairing!
When the hot weather calls for a lighter dish, grill up some fish. Depending on your preference, I would choose a Chardonnay or Pinot Noir to pair with fish. With Sea Bass, Crab, Lobster, Snapper, and Swordfish on the menu, go for a Chardonnay with some buttery flavors. Our 2008 Damaris Chardonnay is a great example with some nice subtle buttery characteristics. When you are serving shrimp or salmon, a crisp Chardonnay with more fruit flavors would work better, our 2008 Lorenzo Chardonnay is a good choice. Our fruit forward 2008 Grand Detour Pinot Noir and 2009 Spring Hill Pinot Noir pair wonderfully with grilled salmon!
For a quick pairing, our 2008 Bien Nacido Chardonnay would work with a variety of seafood dishes as well as a roast chicken or pork dishes. If you would like full recipes and pairings, be sure to check out our “Cooking with Carol” blogs, they have video as well as written recipes to pair with certain wines!
Below are some other quick food and wine pairings that will help with your next summer BBQ:
-Turkey Burgers paired with 2008 Grand Detour Pinot Noir
-Chicken with a Garlic or Onion seasoning paired with 2009 Overlook Chardonnay or 2008 Bien Nacido Chardonnay
-Veal Chops with 2008 Grand Detour Pinot Noir
-Grilled Duck with 2009 Spring Hill Pinot Noir (recipe by “Cooking with Carol”)
-Lamb Chops paired with the 2008 Kanzler Pinot Noir (recipe by “Cooking with Carol”)