Barbecue Reds

Barbecue RedsAh, summer! That is to say, it’s grilling season, and time for that special pairing of Barbecue Reds. So fire up the BBQ and bring out your favorite red wines. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Syrah and Bordeaux-style blends complement ribs, juicy hamburgers or steaks. Likewise, don’t forget the reds such as Pinot Noir that pair so well with salmon, halibut or swordfish barbecued on cedar planks. For example, here are some BBQ Reds that we’ve tasted recently from Washington, Oregon and California. Further, we also enjoyed some other tasty reds from around the world.

For Example, Barbecue Reds from the U.S.

L'Ecole Estate Syrah 2018

  • Fall Line Cirque Cab Franc-Cab Sauvignon 2017 (WA)
  • Fidelitas Optu Red Mountain 2013 (WA)
  • Hard Row to Hoe Whole Picture Estate Cab Franc 2018 (WA)*
  • L’Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Syrah 2018 (WA)* (pictured)
  • Pollard Per Se Red Blend 2017 and Cab Sauvignon 2017 (WA)
  • Prospice Cabernet Franc 2018 (WA)
  • Rasa Vineyards Occam’s Razor 2017 (WA)
  • Saviah Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (WA)
  • Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (CA)*
  • Sosie’s Rossi Ranch Sonoma Valley Red Blend 2019 (CA)*
  • Troon Syrah 2018 (OR)
  • Two Vintners Lola Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (WA)
  • Upchurch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon LTL 2018 (WA)

For Instance, Barbecue Reds from Around the World

Zulal Areni Reserve from Storica Armenian WInes

  • Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec 2018 (Argentina)*
  • Bodegas LAN Rioja 2016 (Spain)*
  • Donnachiara Irpinia Aglianico 2017 (Italy)*
  • Tenuta di Biserno Insoglio del Cinghiale Toscana IGT 2018 (Italy)*
  • Tussock Jumper Malbec 2020 (Argentina)*
  • Zulal Areni Reserve 2018 (Armenia)* (pictured)

On the Other Hand, Special-Occasion Reds

Devison 2018 Phantom Lamb

  • Big Table Farm The Rocks Syrah Funk Estate 2018 (OR)
  • Boudreaux Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (WA)
  • Caprio Cellars Santinella 2015 (WA)
  • DeLille Cellars Harrison Hill 2018, 25th vintage (WA)
  • Devison Vintners Phantom Lamb Syrah 2018 (WA) (pictured)
  • Domaine Serene Grand Cheval 2016 (OR)
  • L’Ecole 41 Estate Ferguson 2018 and 2013 (WA)
  • Lenné Estate Cinq Elus Pinot Noir 2018 (OR)
  • Saviah Cellars The Funk Estate Syrah 2018 (WA)
  • The Walls Mahana Syrah 2017 (WA)
  • Troon Cuvée Pyrénées 2018 (OR)
  • Utopia Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Paradise 2016 (OR)
  • Va Piano Cabernet Franc 2015 (WA)

In Conclusion

To sum up, July, August and even September feature many beautiful nights that are perfect for grilling. Certainly, many rich reds do well with juicy barbecued burgers, flank steaks, ribs and ribeyes. Moreover, salmon, halibut and swordfish can be barbecued on a cedar plank and paired with a beautiful Pinot Noir. Meanwhile, for a special occasion, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah complement barbecued steak. Most importantly, pop that cork and enjoy the rest of these warm summer evenings with Barbecue Reds!

*  Ten of these 32 wines are samples, however we either purchased the others or enjoyed them with friends or at tasting rooms in Washington and Oregon.

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Margot and Dave