It’s grilling time! That means pairing your favorite, fresh grilled meats with wines that enhance their flavor.
Here are some wine suggestions to match with meat for your summer evenings:
Zinfandel – This bold wine matches well with a wide variety of red meats. It bellies up to meaty, smoky flavors, allowing the spice of the wine along with the acidity and tannins to carry the meat’s tastes and textures to a new dimension. Try Old Vine Zinfandel from Maggio Family Vineyards, with characteristic notes of jam and chocolate.
Merlot – This fruit-forward wine matches well with pork chops, chicken and summer salads with lighter dressings. The Chateau Souverain Merlot starts with notes of black cherry, plum, and fresh blueberries balanced with hints of brown spice and baking chocolate.
Shiraz/Syrah – This food-friendly red, such as Yalumba’s Y Series Shriaz, with its aggressive fruit flavors, mild tannins, and a softer, fuller body works especially well with smoked brisket or pork.
Cabernet – Burgers with bold cheeses as well as steaks of all kinds work well with Cabernet. Full-bodied at the same time as smooth and mellow, try Ironside Cabernet, with bright cherry, hints of spice and smoke, and a long finish, with a New York strip steak or sirloin.
Pinot Noir – This varietal is perfect with all sorts of grilled meats, as well as salmon, burgers or chicken. With notes of raspberry, pomegranate and cranberry, and dark chocolate through the finish, the Layer Cake Pinot Noir fits the bill for these pairings.
Riesling – The sweetness of this wine, such as the refreshing, juicy German Riesling from 90+ Cellars, complements grilled sausage, grilled shrimp, BBQ chicken, grilled vegetables and pineapple.
Chardonnay – Sip this wine alongside grilled white fish, shellfish and grilled corn. Try Maggio Chardonnay, from a vineyard that’s been family owned for five generations and has a commitment to sustainable agriculture.
Sauvignon Blanc – An herbaceous, crisp wine, Sauvignon Blanc, such as Wither Hills from New Zealand, matches well with grilled foods that have been marinated.
Find fine selections of beer and wine at Roche Bros. in Downtown Crossing, Sudbury, West Roxbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley.