It’s summertime! Which means turn on the grill and hang out, right? But what if you want wine to go with it? Summer grilling usually means lots of protein and lots of sauces. How do you figure out how to pair a good wine with so many options?
When deciding which wine to pair with something straight from the grill, you want to consider how hearty the food is and what is the dominant flavor. Lighter foods, such as white-fleshed fish, veggies, or chicken breasts, oftentimes go with lighter wines. While heartier foods, such as steaks or burgers, pair better with a more robust wine. Identifying what the dominant flavor is for your food can help you determine which flavors in your wine will compliment the best.
However, there is no specific science to pairing wine with food. Win is high in acidity. This tends to help refresh the palate. A lot of red wines also have fat-cutting tannins in them. With a huge assortment, have fun playing with different pairs! I have listed a few different wines that are awesome for the summer and also won’t kill your wallet.
White & Rosé Wines
2020 Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Experience a combination of brash lime, herb, and tropical flavors for only $17 a bottle.
2020 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé
With flavors containing juicy melon, berry, and orange-zest, this bottle goes for $18.
2020 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Made with Organic Grapes Reserva
This wine smells similar to a spicy margarita! If you’re into that, you can pick it up for $12 a bottle.
2020 J Lohr Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc Flume Crossing
This wine has sweeter melon and ripe citrus flavors and costs only $14.
2020 Cousiño Macul Isidora Sauvignon Gris
This is a white wine with a little more body and spice being from Chile. You can take it home for $15 a bottle.
2019 Layer Cake California Cabernet Sauvignon
This red wine has luscious blackberry flavors with a gentle cedar note for only $14 a bottle.
2019 Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina
You’ll love this red wine that is well-balanced with ripe fruit and floral notes. Check it out for $18.
2018 Masciarelli Montepulciano di Abruzzo
This wine is thankfully easy to come by and is loved by many with its red fruit and peppery flavors. Find it for only $12 a bottle.
2018 Codirosso Chianti
For $13, you’ll definitely want to check out this wine with a soft texture and intricate flavors.
2019 Pavette California Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir has great toasted spice aromatics and bright, ripe red-cherry flavors. It might become a staple in your home for only $12.
If you don’t see your favorite summer wine listed, comment below!
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