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The Best Wines for Your BBQ, According to a Sommelier

Wondering what to serve with your summer BBQ? Taste of Home's sommelier offers delicious pairing recommendations for classic barbecue recipes.

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Riesling Les Princes Abbés and grilled porkVia domaines-schlumberger.com, Taste of Home

Best Wine with Pork

The humble pig is oh-so-versatile when it comes to wine pairings. You could go red, rosé or even white with grilled pork. I highly recommend throwing some apple skewers on the grill to serve up as a side with your chops and pouring a cool glass of riesling. The combo is out of this world.

Our Pick: Domaine Schlumberger “Les Princes Abbes” Riesling

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GUIGAL GIGONDASVia guigal.com, Taste of Home

Best Wine with Ribs

At most houses, cold beer and ribs are a winning pair. But sip on a glass of smoky red wine after biting into barbecued beef ribs and you might find yourself converted. If ribs are smothered in a sweeter BBQ sauce, pick up a bold, fruit-forward style. We think a southern Rhone-style blend with grenache, syrah and mourvèdre makes a stunning like-for-like pairing.

Our Pick: E. Guigal Gigondas

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Blanc de Sauvignon Blanc - Cuvée AgincourtVia bodkinwines.com, Taste of Home

Best Wine with Grilled Shrimp

We like grilled shrimp served with a hint of citrus. That zesty flavor demands an equally bright wine! You could choose either white or rosé here, but if you want a serious palate cleanser, Bodkin’s sparkling sauvignon blanc offers a marvelously refreshing take on this classic grape.

Our Pick: Bodkin Blanc de Sauvignon Blanc Cuvée Agincourt

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Tres Palacios - Rose' and skewersVia @vinostrespalacios/instagram, Taste of Home

Best Wine with Veggie Skewers

Since it’s summer, you want to think pink with your vegetable kabobs. A wine with a slight green character like cabernet franc is magical here, especially if you’re sticking bell peppers on your skewers.

Our Pick: Tres Palacios Cabernet Franc Rosé

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2018 SONOMA ZINFANDEL and BBQ chickenVia seghesio.com, Taste of Home

Best Wine with Chicken

Chicken is a blank canvas—and there are many ways to barbecue chicken. Depending on how you cook it, the marinades you use and sauces you slather it in, chicken can pair with pretty much any style of wine. Riesling is a killer pairing with spicy or mustard-based marinades, while a grilled chicken in BBQ sauce works best with a fruity zinfandel. Keeping it simple? Pop a pinot noir or a full-bodied, lightly oaked chardonnay.

Our Pick: Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel

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2017 Catena Zapata High Mountain Vines Malbec and SteakVia bottlebarn.com, Taste of Home

Best Wine with Grilled Steak

Grilling up a juicy steak? You’ll want an equally robust wine to pour alongside. While many a bold red will work here, it’s impossible to go wrong with a rich yet plush malbec. (There’s a reason why the steak plus malbec combo is so prevalent in Argentina.)

Our Pick: Catena Zapata High Mountain Vines Malbec

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Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Italian Red and burgerVia zoninusa.com, Taste of Home

Best Wine with Burgers

The cornerstone of any great BBQ, burgers are best with a rich red. Cabernet sauvignon is a safe (and crowd-pleasing) bet, but syrah/shiraz or sangiovese make delicious pairings too. The latter is fantastic for cheeseburgers, making it a favorite for our backyard bashes.

Our Pick: Castello di Albola Chianti Classico

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Methven Family 2019 GAMAY ROSE and grilled salmonVia methvenfamilyvineyards.com, Taste of Home

Best Wine with Grilled Fish

Both tuna and salmon are terrific grilled, and as fattier fish, they can go with a variety of wines. Lighter reds like pinot noir are always a winner—and you can serve them slightly chilled if the sun’s beating down hard. Personally, I love rosé with grilled fish or a fish burger.

Our Pick: Methven Family Vineyards Gamay Rosé

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Bodega de Edgar '16 Tempranillo and sausagesVia @bodegadeedgar/instagram, Taste of Home

Best Wine with Sausages

Forget beer and sausages! Let’s talk about wine and sausages. The wine you choose depends on the type of sausage you’re throwing on the grill. Pork sausages and spicy links go well with dry riesling or chenin blanc. To knock a wine pairing with chorizo and andouille out of the park, pour something bold, savory and a little fruity, like tempranillo.

Our Pick: Bodega de Edgar Tempranillo

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DISCS GREEN VALTELLINA and hot dogsVia weingut-leth.at, Taste of Home

Best Wine with Hot Dogs

For your classic hot dog loaded with mustard and sauerkraut, a crisp gruner veltliner is perfection. Die-hard red drinkers will enjoy a pinot noir or a light fruity grenache, but I can’t recommend trying the gruner hot dog pairing enough.

Our Pick: Weingut Leth Gruner Veltliner

Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.

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