At the end of the day…
Yes, it is raining as this is being written (15th August), but there is a prediction that the weather will improve again for the rest of the month, so be prepared!
Ask your local wine merchant for advice. Most local independent wine shops stock a great range of wines and have a deep knowledge of matching wines and food. If you have large numbers of guests they can also supply wines on Sale or Return. Many can also supply extra glasses and ice if needed.
Choose a red wine that will match both white and red meats. Many BBQ’s have a vast range of meats starting with pork sausages, moving onto chicken and lamb or beef. If you choose something like a Cotes du Rhone, a Rioja, a red from Southern Italy (like Primitivo, Montepulciano, Negromaro or Nero d’Avola) or Malbec from Argentina you will be in the right territory. These types of wines have rounder tannins are have plenty of Juicy fruit which matched well with smoky marinades and match better with white meats.
Alcohol content – choose lower alcohol levels for long time drinking. Red wines from Beaujolais and reds from Veneto made with Corvina (Valpolicella or Bardolino’s being 2 examples) tend to be at or below 13% abv. For whites Sauvignons from the Loire or Sauvignon blends from South West France weigh in at 12.5% or below. If you want to splash out on more expensive whites there are some great Rieslings from Germany coming in at 12% abv or below.
Blend of white and red wines – if its 30C like we’ve had in the recent heat wave anyone who switched between red and white is far more likely to drink much more white than usual so be ready for this.
Match the weight of the food with the wine and escalate upwards. Serve lighter foods like grilled prawns first (matched with the lightest whites) and move up from there to chicken pork, lamb etc. Serve the fullest bodied red with the richest red meats.
Aromatic whites work fantastically with fish or white meats marinated with herbs and citrus. Albarino or Falanghina would be a great match with Monkfish or Chicken marinated in lemon, coriander and garlic
Just because the food comes from a barbeque it doesn’t mean we can’t match more expensive wines for something special. A barbeque is the perfect place to cook Dry Aged Rib eye that costs more than €25/kg., so don’t stint on the quality of the wine.
Chill reds! With the recent heat we have had 30-45 minutes in the fridge for the types of wine mentioned in Tip 2 will really bring out the fruit character of the wines. Chill whites in plenty of time and also have ice on stand by if your fridge is full of food.
Keep a nice bottle for yourselves for after the guests have left for a nice treat!
Wines to go with Pork, White and Red Meats in Smoky Marinades
Domaine Galevan Organic Cote du Rhone, 2011 €16.95 Stockists Fallon and Byrne, Bottle Shop Sundrive Rd, Cheers Delgany, The Corkscrew D2, Donnybrook Fair D4, Lohans Salthill
iTratturi Negromaro, 2011 €14.95 Stockists Corkscrew D2, Bottle Shope Sundrive Rd, Red Island Wines Skerries, Baggot St Wines D4
Valori Montepulciano d’Abruzzo €15.95 Stockists Corkscrew D2, Fallon and Byrne D2, Red Island Wines Skerries, Sweeneys Glasnevin
Nespolino Rosso, Sangiovese/Merlot 2011 €10.95 Stockists Corkscrew D2, Bottle Shop Sundrive Rd, Red Island Wines Skerries, Baggot St Wines, D4
Low Alcohol Whites
Rive Haute Colombard/Sauvignon 2012 11.5% abv, €10.95 Stockists Corkscrew D2, Red Island Wines Skerries, Fresh Grand Canal Quay
Sybille Kuntz Reisling Kabinett, 2010 11.5% abv. €19.95-21.95 Stockists Corkscrew D2, Red Island Wines Skerries, Cheers Delgany, Parting Glass Enniskerry, Lohans Salthill, Fallon and Byrne D2, Baggot St Wines D4, Jus de Vine Portmarnock
Aromatic Whites to go with Monkfish or Chicken marinated in Lemon, garlic and coriander
Senorio di Rubios, Albarino 2012 €15.95-16.95 Stockists Fallon and Byrne D2, Black Pig Wines Donnybrook, Parting Glass Enniskerry, Jus de Vine Portmarnock
Triade Bianco (Greco, Falanghina, Fiano) 2012 €15.95 Stockists Baggot St Wines, Parting Glass Enniskerry, Red Island Wines Skerries, Cheers Delgany, Corkscrew D2
Splash Out Red to go with Dry Aged Rib-Eye
Valenciso Rioja Reserva, 2006 €35.00 Stockists Black Pig Donnybrook, Corkscrew D2, Red Island Wines Skerries
Chateau Crouseilles Madiran, 2009 RRP €27.50 Contact email@example.com for details