It’s time for cooking over a campfire and sleeping under the stars. But while you’re packing up your gear, don’t forget the wine—these cookout pairings are as good as the great outdoors.
You can’t beat a warming, rustic pot of chili after a day of camping. Whether it’s a family recipe or Chunky Beef and Syrah Chili, it’ll be best with a similarly big, juicy red wine. A few favorites:
VENGE VINEYARDS “Scout’s Honor” Proprietary Red 2012 (Napa Valley, CA) $38
MURPHY-GOODE “Liar’s Dice” Zinfandel 2011 (Sonoma County, CA) $21
HARDYS NOTTAGE HILL Shiraz 2012 (South Eastern Australia) $12
Regular ol’ hot dogs might go with either rosé or pinot noir, but the charring of Campfire Hot Dogs tips the scales toward pinot. Try:
ERATH Pinot Noir “Estate Selection” 2011 (Willamette Valley, OR) $34
STEELHEAD VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 2012 (Sonoma County, CA) $15
MUMBO JUMBO Pinot Noir 2012 (California) $21
And of course, you’ll be finishing your meal with that campfire classic, S’mores . A dessert this special deserves a similarly special dessert wine:
ST. AMANT Tawny Port “Lot #7” n.v. (Amador County, CA) $35 (500 ml)
LES CLOS DE PAULILLES Banyuls Rimage 2011 (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) $20 (500 ml)
CEJA VINEYARDS Late Harvest White Wine “Dulce Beso” 2008 (Carneros, Napa Valley, CA) $20
What wines will you be enjoying on your camping trips this summer? Let us know below.
Photo Credit: Wilderness Survival Skills.