The title of this entry contains an important equation. When Barbeques and Wine get together they create an offspring called awesome. I guess here in Alberta we cherish our summers even more than most parts of the world and I am no exception. I am longing for the summer, and thus barbecue season, with the same anticipation as a teenager about to get to second base for the first time.
So to channel all this enthusiasm I would like to share my top wine picks for your spring bbq.
1. Jose Pariente Varietal Verdejo 2007. Region: Rueda, Spain Price: $25.00 – This fresh, vibrant white from the Rueda region of Spain gets my vote any day over many of the Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand.
2. Quinta do Crasto Duoro 2007. Region: Duoro Valley, Portugal. Price: $18-22 – Portugal’s red wines, often made from indigenous grapes you won’t find anywhere else in the world, can offer some outstanding value! This wine from this acclaimed house (it’s big brother, the Crasto Reserva, was featured in Wine Spectators top 10 wines of the year) delivers awesome plum, black cherry, blackberry, mineral, dark chocolate and much more.
3. Four Vines “Old Vine Cuvee” Zinfandel 2006. Region: Paso Robles, California Price: $18-22 – This deep, rich Zinfandel is a dynamite value bringing tons of jammy sweet fruit, raisins, chocolate, cherry and spice. A match made in heaven for a rack of ribs!
4. Feudi di San Gregorio “Rubrato” Aglianico 2006. Region: Campania, Italy Price: $29-31 – This wine, made from the obscure Aglianico grape, is an awesome example of when going off the beaten path to try something new pays off. This leaps from the glass with dark fruits, black pepper, toasted oak, blueberries and more.
5. Bodegas Norton “Privada” 2006. Region: Mendoza, Argentina. Price: $24-27 – This blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot shows why Argentina has been taking the wine world by storm. Notes of currant, blackberry, espresso, clove, toasty oak, blueberry and more make this a perfect pairing with a nice steak. This wine easily competes with wines from the Napa Valley that are double and triple it’s price.
Those are 5 great finds for your next outdoor shin-dig. If you can’t find those particular wines ask your local wine boutique for something similar or experiment with other great barbecue wines including rose from the South of France, Australian Shiraz, Cotes-du-Rhone, Washington State Cabernet or Syrah and much more.
Until next time keep it real and keep on drinking great wine.