Barbecuing is one of the most favorite pastimes all over the world. If you are lucky to live in Australia, you could probably enjoy this activity all year round. Living in Ireland is not the same unless you have this ultimate BBQ shed to keep you sheltered from the rain. Whether someone is manning the grill and creating mouth-watering masterpieces from meat, seafood or vegetables, BBQ’s help people come together and healthy living. Generally, BBQ food possesses strong flavors and choosing the right wine will help you enjoy your food even more!
To get you started, here is a helpful guide to pairing Wine with BBQ Food.
Fatter proteins such as beef go well together with a wine that has higher tannin count. A well flavored red wine is the top choice, so go with a Malbec or a Napa Cabernet for steak or sausages.Another staple of the barbecue is burgers. Again red wine is your choice here. A rich wine such as a Syrah goes perfectly with Burgers or even a nice Australian Shiraz.
Chicken & Fish
If you prefer chicken over beef, opt for white wine. A chilled Chardonnay with grilled chicken or a rose with grilled chicken is a match made in heaven.
Fish has become as essential to the barbecue as any meat. It’s lighter and usually, satisfies both people who are not quite into red meat. Pinot Noir is a perfect choice when grilling fish, however, if you want to stick to white wine – go with a French Chardonnay.
White wine is also perfect with shellfish. Think Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Shellfish and oysters benefit think rose as it’s a lighter wine and will bring out all the lovely fresh ocean flavours, without the wine overpowering the food.
Mushrooms and other vegetables pair amazingly together with something like Cabernet Sauvignon. Red peppers go well with an Australian Semillon whereas asparagus pairs well with a Sauvignon Blanc. Grilled tomatoes – think rich Italian red wines with high acidity levels, such as Barbera D’Asti from Italy.
If you are vegetarian, grilling Halloumi a Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc is a perfect option. And last but not least a good prosecco is the perfect choice to open a barbeque off!
For more inspiration on pairing wine with BBQ food check out this essential guide to BBQ and wine pairings.