Are 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:
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:
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: