Wine Matching Tips for a Summer BBQ

Enjoy these top tips for wine matching at a summer BBQ from Greg Lightfoot, Sommelier from Union Dining in Richmond, Melbourne.

Greg has just had a baby and on Saturday, to celebrate they had a big BBQ with their family. These are wines road tested and enjoyed by all alongside some fresh summer dishes and BBQ classics.

Rosé - De Bortoli Pinot Rose 2011.

This wine is fantastic! It appeals to drinkers of big Aussie Shiraz as well as the rest of us, take it for an aperitif then let it work its magic with dips and olives, it’s dry and aromatic, texturally pleasing and an easy drink just as its intended. We had Rocket, Pear and Parmesan salad that was amazing, the sweetness of both dishes met in perfect harmony.

Viognier - Vinea Marson 2010.

What a wine! Restrained yet powerful, rich yet holds its acid well. A beautiful balance of big Viognier characters but not over ripe and ‘flabby’. Lean enough to enjoy as a refreshing aperitif or something to go with salads and poultry.

Chardonnay - Felton Road 2009.

Such a big powerful wine, the fruit is pristine with incredible length. It matched beautifully with BBQ lamb chops. I prefer this wine in particular to be served chilled, I mean 6-8C, because too warm it is just too powerful.

Pinot - Dexter 2010

This has got to be one of Victoria’s best Pinot Noirs. Elegance and complexity are the hallmarks. Its cherry mixed with earthy forest and spice, it can be opened early to fully evolve and give its best expression. I found it went really well with the mild Italian sausages from the local butcher. I also did chicken pasta salad with pea’s, mint and parsley and it too went well with the wine.

Price: RRP $38

Shiraz - Punt Road Shiraz 2010

This wine is whole bunch Shiraz, delicately perfumed, but expressive and generous. It’s a Shiraz to drink when you don’t want it to dominate the food or fall asleep afterwards. Beautiful drink on its own.

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