How Do You BBQ?
It seems like every day we are honoring or celebrating something. Anything from “October Breast Cancer Awareness Month” to “Teacher Appreciation Week” to “National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day”, it seems any item or any situation is cause for special recognition. This phenomenon even occurs in the wine industry- in fact, a few months ago it was International Tempranillo Day. And you know, I’m kind of over it- if you make everything special, then nothing is special. In that vein, I was made aware of the fact that May is “National Barbecue Month”, another pointless honor given to a recreational activity. However…it is an activity that many partake in on a certain holiday that is very important, deserving of respect and honor, (and coming up in a few days)- Memorial Day. “Ok,” you are wondering, “how is she going to work wine into that?” While beer, barbecue and Memorial Day seem to go together like peas and carrots…and corn, there is definitely a place in your barbecue eats for wine.
So, my question to you is, how do you like your barbecue?
First off, sauce or no sauce? If you are going bare, we have a few options for you. If dry-rubbed barbecue is how you roll, our Mourvedre is a great pairing. Like a nice fatty cut of beef brisket? (and really, who doesn’t?) The tannins in our Cabernet Sauvignon are a great complement to all of that fatty goodness. Our family favorite, ribs, are great with our Mistero.
For those who like a little sauce with their sauce, we have wines for them, too. If you like your barbecue North Carolina style, the Barbera is great for it or any other vinegar-based sauces. Kansas City barbecue more your style? Our Syrah enhances those sweet and spicy characteristics. And lastly, for those who like their “sauces” on the fruity side, our Grenache is the perfect wine for the job.
But wait… there’s more! For those wanting a “cold one” to go with your ‘cue, we’ve got that covered, too! Our Rose’ is great with any hot/sweet barbecue. Even a white wine can get a little barbecue love- our Bellissima is great with Asian-style barbecue- sweet, glazed pork goodness. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my computer.
So, “National Barbecue Month” I’m giving you a pass in honor of Memorial Day. May you all have a wonderful weekend filled with great food, great wine (and maybe a beer- just one), great friends and family… and remember all of these come courtesy of the many men and women who gave everything to make the United States a country where all of these things-and more- are possible.