Best Wines for a BBQ

Warm weather, long summer evenings, and shooting stars are a definite lure in taking to the patio with friends and family, but more than anything else it’s the lure of the BBQ. Quintessentially summer, hosting a summer BBQ is the perfect outside activity, a time honored tradition where you can eat well and sip wine late into the night. 

Everyone wants to host the perfect get-together, but choosing the right wine for your BBQ can be complicated—that’s why our goal at the Paso Robles Wine Club is to help make your life easier by offering real wine advice—and wines—to make your celebrations more memorable.

Here’s a quick primer on choosing the perfect wines to complement the foods that are on your grill:

 Choose Whites for Lighter Fare: Delicate fish, chicken, and most pork (with the exception of heavy seasonings or sauces) is delicious when served with white wine. Look for a wine that compliments the menu—Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc are known for their characteristic tree fruits (apricot, white peach, pear and green apple) while Chardonnay has more citrus and tropical notes (grapefruit, lemon, mango, passion fruit).

Choose Big Reds for Bold Flavors: Thick juicy steaks, sizzling burgers, and spicy, sauced up ribs need the balance of the Big Reds. The best choices are Cabernet, Zinfandel and Rhone Blends—with flavors of pepper, black fruit, tobacco, and leather.

With over 200 wineries in the Paso Robles AVA, you’ll have plenty of good choices. However, if you have a special get-together planned and you’d like to have a selection of special wines, the Paso Robles Wine Club can work with you in putting together a list of wines to meet your needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us today.