Grill-icious Dishes and the Wines to Go with Them

Grill-icious Dishes and the Wines to Go with Them

102080Are you fired up yet? Have you got your grill on? Summer won’t last forever. So light that charcoal, sit back, and enjoy some of the season’s best eating and drinking.

Any time of year, steak and red wine is a classic combination. But it’s especially so in the summer. A Perfectly Grilled Steak has charred flavors that complement the tannins in red wine. Try a rib eye or New York strip with a cabernet sauvignon, such as:

STERLING VINEYARDS Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Napa Valley, CA) $32 

If filet mignon is your deal, try merlot. Two accessible ones:

KENDALL-JACKSON Merlot “Grand Reserve” 2011 (Sonoma County, CA) $26
GORDON ESTATE Merlot 2010 (Columbia Valley, WA) $20

Sausages and Peppers are great on the grill, and while their charred flavors still merit a big red, a fruitier one will complement the sweetness of the peppers. Try:

THE PRISONER Red Wine 2012 (Napa Valley, CA) $40
BURT STREET CELLARS Syrah “Herman Vineyard” 2012 (Sonoma County, CA) $35
CLOS LA CHANCE Syrah Estate Grown 2011 (Central Coast, CA) $18

Is there any better way to cook salmon than on the grill? Or any pairing more classic than salmon and pinot noir? Try Grilled Mustard-Herb Salmon with one of these:

POSEIDON VINEYARDS Pinot Noir Estate Grown 2012 (Carneros, CA) $32
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Pinot Noir “Votre Sante” 2011 (California) $14
BYRON Pinot Noir 2012 (Santa Maria Valley, CA) $29

And last but not least, there’s Honey Barbecued Chicken. The slight sweetness in the barbecue sauce can make a dry wine taste sour, so try an off-dry rosé such as:

GIRARD Zinfandel Rosé 2013 (Napa Valley, CA) $18
MÉNAGE À TROIS Rosé 2013 (California) $10

Will you be firing up your grill this summer? For which foods and what wines will you be sipping alongside? Let us know below.

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