Can I drink wine at a barbecue?
The grill is lit and the smell of meat smoke fills the air. The last friend to barbecue, the beer is chilled in ice cubes. The problem is that I don't really care about beer. I don't care if this is the perfect complement to the ice cream beer. So what should a girl do when it's hot and humid and not a big beer drink? Can you really drink wine on the grill? The answer is yes, but pairing wine with BBQ can be difficult. The smoke that makes the barbecue so good goes beyond the subtle wine. Sauces that are placed or kept on the side may also conflict with wines.
If you want to make it simple, go for a Zinfandel or mix some Sangria jugs. Zinfandel has a strong, intense fruit flavor that does not compete with sauces and can hold the heater. Sangria is good because it has a fresh fruit effect and can be made in large quantities to help keep it cool on hot days.
Looking for a more specific partner? You need to understand the types of barbecue found. Each region of the US has a claim to a unique barbecue style. There are 6 different types of pits that make a lively discussion about the best.
Barbecue in eastern North Carolina – This barbecue is full of pork and has a strong thin vinegar sauce. Pork has a great flavor and is very acidic. Go for Riesling with a sweet wine. Wakefield Promised Land and Snoqualmie Naked Riesling are good bets. Think of it as a wine version of sweet tea. Another option is Barbera, because it is sweet and has a great taste with plenty of tannins. Vajra Barbera d & # 39; Alba, or Michele Chiarlo Barbera d & # 39; Asti are good options
Lexington North Carolina Barbecue – A sweeter version of the East NC BBQ. Pair it with Petite Syrah as with Petite Syrah from Stags Leap Winery
South Carolina Mustard Barbecue – Another wet BBQ style with a sweet and hard sauce. Go with the rich rich wine
Memphis Style Barbecue – The sauce is the accent of the ribs that are slowly burnt. A Merlot like Northstar Columbia Valley would be a good pairing
Kansas City Barbecue – This barbecue is sweet and hot. You need a Cabernet Sauvignon blend or a sparkling wine like Zinfandel.
Texas Style Barbecue – That is rub and wood predominates in Texas. There is no wet sauce. The barbecue sauce is side by side and served side by side. I would go with a tempranillo or a large jug of Sangria to keep cool in the Texas heat
If you decide to go with Sangria, go for cheap wines. You don't have to get your expensive wines to "punch" this wine. There are some good options:
- Gnarly Head 2009 old vineyard Zinfandel
- Williamette Vineyards Riesling
- Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc
- 3 stones Sauvignon Blanc
- Snoqualmie Sauvignon Blanc
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