Grilling dinner on an open fire is one of summer’s finest food experiences. But, for the ultimate in luxurious alfresco dining, there’s nothing like adding a little wine to your meal.
Red wine and barbecued red meats, of course, are a classic pairing, but you can also try many white wines and dry rosés (a.k.a. pink wines) with grilled fish, chicken, pork or even vegetables. Turn the page for a few of our favourite pairings.
Oldfield Series, 2Bench White 2013, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards: Located in Oliver, south of Penticton, B.C., Tinhorn celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and has consistently created delicious wines. This versatile dry white blend has loads of fruit and floral notes. Serve chilled with grilled salmon, chicken or vegetables.
2007 Southern Exposure Zinfandel, C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery: Californian winemaker/owner Chaim Gur-Arieh helped develop Cap’n Crunch cereal, Power Bars and Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. Now he’s making wines like this smooth zinfandel. It has cola, spice and cherry notes, and it pairs well with smoky, spicy ribs.
2013 Baco Noir, Henry of Pelham Estate Winery: Located in St. Catharines, Ont., this family-owned winery has been around since 1988. Baco noir is a French-American hybrid grape that makes a smooth red with notes of blueberries and spice. Serve it with steak or burgers.
2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Anam Cara Cellars: About 45 minutes from downtown Portland, Ore., Anam Cara is a family-owned winery that makes fantastic pinot noir. This rosé is made from pinot noir, but it’s pink, with notes of strawberries and cranberries. Pair with grilled salmon or grilled pork tenderloin.
2013 Okanagan Valley, Pinot Noir, Meyer Family Vineyards: This very small, family-owned winery is located just outside Okanagan Falls, near Penticton. Winemaker Chris Carson and proprietors Jak and Janice Meyer focus on Burgundy grapes: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Pair this gorgeous smooth red with slow-roasted lamb or chicken on the barbecue.