The grill is hot and the steaks are ready, generously coated with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and a dash of extra-virgin olive oil for good measure. A small group of friends and family gathered outdoors exchanging stories on how their 2020 has been going and festive country music playing in the background while waiting for the fireworks display. This would probably be a typical scene of a 4th of July barbecue celebrating Independence Day of the United States; however, halfway across the Pacific Ocean we don’t even find ourselves near a grill or accustomed to such tradition.
Why not? It is a good excuse to gather over some food and crack open a few bottles of wine. American wines seem fitting for the occasion with a wide variety of styles available. I share three wines you can bring to your next barbecue and dishes that would be a perfect compliment. Let’s start with a chilled white that will always get a crowd conversation started. The Silverado Vineyards Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc is just the wine to do so. A subtle aroma of grapefruit, pineapple and kiwi, this wine is well-balanced with a bright acidity. It brings to the palate flavors of passionfruit, mango, and tangerine. I find that it’s an easy wine to enjoy on it’s own or pair with fish tacos drizzled with a freshly squeezed lime wedge.
Another wine I like to start with is a rosé that brings freshness and richness at the same time. Our Bread and Butter Rosé from Napa Valley expresses generous aromas of fresh strawberries, green melon, hints of hibiscus and rose petals. Its rich texture is complemented by a balanced acidity ending with a supple finish. Grilled Chicken salads are an excellent pairing. Especially those with dried cranberries and dressed with a raspberry vinaigrette… yum! On a warm summer day there is nothing better than to sit by the pool and sip of rosé. That’s where you’ll likely to find me.
Red wines are always a popular choice. Don’t feel shy to serve it slightly chilled. When you are in a terrace outdoors, your guests will surely thank you for it. A 4th of July barbecue would not be complete without burgers and hotdogs. Whether it will be gourmet style with all the works or keeping it to the classic, the Domaine Drouhin Roserock Pinot Noir from Oregon captures the eye with it’s ruby red color and is charming aromas. This wine enchants the palate with a velvety approach that is long and structured, the elegance shines through many layers of flavors.
Of course there are plenty more American wines to chose from. Let’s not forget about big reds made with grape varieties such as Merlot, Zinfandel, or Cabernet Sauvignon. As bold as these wines can be, I prefer to keep them for another occasion. For a barbecue and wine gathering, a simple wine pairing tip to remember is pick wines that are young and fresh. Then serve them chilled and enjoy!