BBQ Reds 2020

Summer time means it’s grilling season! So bring out the glasses and fire up the BBQ. To complement ribs, juicy hamburgers or steaks, here are some rich reds that we’ve tasted recently from Washington, Oregon and California. In addition, don’t forget the reds that pair so well with salmon, halibut or swordfish barbecued on cedar planks.

Rich BBQ Reds

Va Piano Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • Va Piano Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (WA)
  • Basel Cellars Malbec (WA)
  • Kevin White Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend (WA)
  • Rocky Pond Stratastone GSM (WA)
  • Saviah Cellars Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon (WA)
  • Succession Bridge Builder’s Blend (WA
  • Time and Direction Syrah (WA)
  • Two Vintners Syrah (WA)

Reds for BBQs Celebrating that Special Occasion

  • Boudreaux Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (WA)
  • Barrage Cellars Stone & Vine Syrah (WA)
  • DeLille Cellars Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon (WA)
  • In the Hall of the Mountain Queen (WA)
  • Reynvaan The Classic Cabernet Sauvignon (WA)
  • Saviah Cellars The Funk Syrah (WA)
  • Two Vintners Some Days are Stones Syrah (WA)

Reds for Fish Grilled on a Cedar Plank

Alloro 2017 Pinot Noir

  • Alloro Vineyard Pinot Noir (OR)
  • Lenné Estate South Slope Pinot Noir (OR)
  • Lenné Estate Pinot Noir (OR)
  • Lula Cellars Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir (CA)
  • Lula Vineyard Pinot Noir (CA)
  • Utopia Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Paradise (OR)
  • Utopia Estate Lula Vineyard Pinot Noir (OR)


In conclusion, pull out the reds and bring on the BBQ! Firstly, August and September continue to feature many beautiful nights that are perfect for grilling. Secondly, even fish can be barbecued on a cedar plank. One of our favorite pairings was grilled halibut and Oregon Pinot Noir. Thirdly, many reds do well with juicy barbecued burgers. And we loved flank steak with Cabernet Franc. For a special occasion, we enjoyed barbecued steak with Cabernet Sauvignon. Likewise, Syrah compliments steak or ribs. Most importantly, pop that cork and enjoy the rest of these warm summer evenings!

Margot and Dave