July is the Official Grilling Month, so have the perfect wine to complement your barbeque!
About.com has complied a grill-friendly wine list to match whatever your cooking up this July, and we just had to share it with you!
Grill-friendly Red Varietals to Consider:
Zinfandels will be able to handle a wide variety of red meats. Great with meaty, smokey flavors! Also, good for barbeque sauce, steak sauce, or salsa!
Merlot compliments grilled pork chops, chicken and garden-variety salads with lighter dressings.
Shiraz/Syrah is delicious with just about any red meat. Offering dynamic, fruit flavors, balanced with more mellow tannins and a softer-fuller body. Goes extremely well to smoked brisket.
Cabernet Sauvignon is made for steaks with a higher fat content and burgers of beef or turkey will pair equally well.
Pinot Noir goes with just about everything, and it is an ideal candidate for grilled fish – especially salmon.
Grill-friendly White Varietals to Consider:
Chardonnay is great with grilled fish (including shellfish), chicken with creamy sauces, and grilled corn on the cob with lots of butter!
Riesling is perfect for brats, shrimp, barbecue chicken, grilled pineapple and a variety of grilled veggies.
Sauvignon Blanc compliments herbs and citrus flavors! Try grilled chicken marinated in Italian dressing or a citrus marinade, grilled fish with dill and lemon, or roasted peppers.
Gewurztraminer is a great choice to go with blackened Mahi Mahi, or grilled Cajun chicken with fresh mango salsa.