Spice Up Your Summer! Wine Pairings That'll Level Up Your BBQ

Summer is here!

Sunshine, grilling, and delicious food are calling your name. But what about the wine? While crisp Sauvignon Blanc is a summer staple, there's a whole world of unconventional pairings waiting to be explored.

Sparkling Surprise

Ditch the mimosa and grab a bottle of sparkling wine. Imagine those delicate bubbles dancing on your tongue alongside perfectly seared salmon, or oysters on the half shell. Its bright acidity and effervescence can cut through the richness of grilled fish or creamy seafood salads, creating a refreshing contrast that complements the delicate flavors of the ocean.

Our picks:

🥂Scrimaglio Piemonte Chardonnay Sparkling Brut NV
🥂Champagne De Reyve 1er Cru Brut NV
🥂2021 Blancjat Glera IGT Venezia Giulia Frizzante Unfiltered Prosecco

Sparkling Surprise

White Wine Meets Spice

Spicy food and wine can be a challenge. But fear not, aromatic white wines can be your summer savior. Their floral notes and touch of sweetness act like a bridge, balancing the heat of chilies and creating a harmonious flavor symphony.

Think juicy mango salsa on grilled chicken paired with a glass of floral white wine, or fiery shrimp tacos tamed by the sweetness of another aromatic option.

Our picks:

⭐2022 Scrimaglio Gavi del Comune di Gavi
⭐2023 Hiruzta Getariako Txakolina Spain
⭐2021 Casarotto Soave Classico DOC

White Wine Meets Spice

Sweet Meets Savory

Don't relegate sweet wines just to dessert! A chilled glass of a sweet white wine can surprisingly complement the smoky, savory flavors of grilled meats beautifully. The touch of sweetness balances the smokiness, creating a delightful contrast that elevates the smoky character of grilled dishes.

Mouthwatering smoky pulled pork sandwiches can find their perfect match in a glass of this sweet white, or grilled sausages elevated by the sweetness of another option in this category.

Our picks:

🍷2022 Sannino Gragnano della Peninsula Sorrentino Herculaneum
🍷Cascina Garitina Niades Brachetto Mosto D’Uva Parzialmente Fermentato
🍷2022 La Marenca Moscato d'Asti Piedmont DOCG

Sweet Meets Savory

Sushi Night, Reimagined

Next sushi feast, ditch the usual sake and explore the world of dry rosé. A light-bodied, dry rosé with hints of berry fruit complements the delicate flavors of raw fish and the salty pop of seaweed. Imagine a platter of fresh sashimi bathed in the delicate hue of a dry rosé, or a California roll finding its perfect partner in a glass of crisp, berry-scented pink wine. The subtle fruit notes in the rosé will echo the flavors in the sushi, creating a delightful harmony.

Our picks:

🌸2023 Chateau La Coste Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rose
🌸2022 Campovida Luminous Rose of Zinfandel Organic
🌸2022 Lofos Siatista Xinomavro Greek Rose

Sushi Night, Reimagined

Beyond the Basics

Summer isn't just about grilling! Don't be afraid to experiment with lighter fare like salads or exotic fruit platters. A Pinot Grigio or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc can be the perfect partner for a fresh salad with a light vinaigrette. The acidity in these wines cuts through the creaminess of dressings and complements the fresh flavors of the salad.

For a truly adventurous pairing, try a chilled glass of a sweet white wine with a platter of fresh summer fruits like mangoes, peaches, and berries. The sweetness of the wine complements the natural sweetness of the fruit, creating a refreshingly unique and delightful finish.

So, this summer, break free from the usual wine pairings and embrace the unexpected. With a little experimentation, you might just discover your new favorite summer sip! Remember, the best way to find your perfect match is to explore and have fun!

There's a whole world of delicious possibilities waiting to be explored, so grab a glass, gather your friends, and get ready to discover your new favorite summer pairing adventure!

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