BBQ Wines to Enjoy this Summer

Wines to Drink at your Next BBQ or Picnic


Fire up the grill and unfurl your picnic blankets: summer is here. Whether you’re cooking burgers at a BBQ or serving potato salad at a park, wine is always welcome. It’s time to stock up on your favorite juicy reds, crisp whites, refreshing rosés, and thrilling sparklers for all your warm weather fun. Let our knowledgeable staff get you started with their summertime picks. Here are a couple hand-selected recommendations for BBQ wines and picnic wines from sales associates Josh Mizrahi, Marc Baralla, Erik Guzinski, Sam Davies, Cyrena Bierley, and sales manager Sara Sparks.

VRAC Côtes-du-Rhône, Bag-in-Box
I know what you’re thinking: boxed wine, no way. But this Syrah-and-Grenache blend from the Rhône is not only a crowd-pleaser but a great value. This little box contains four bottles worth of wine for $35. Light and fruity, with a clean, dry finish, this is the perfect summer table wine for that picnic table at your next BBQ. -JM

“Jarenincan” White blend, Crnko – 2015
Slovenia? Sixteen different varietals? Don’t the sweat the technique here. This is just yummy, delicious, mineral-driven, good-time wine. Plus it weighs in at a liter so you get a little more extra wine than a normal wine bottle. Extra wine that’s yummy? That’ll come in handy this summer at BBQs for sure! I’ll take two! -JM

Pétillant Brut, Chidaine – NV
From the famous Vouvray appellation in the Loire Valley, this pétillant is made with 100% Chenin Blanc. This wine is all about finesse: the fruit is delicate and the minerality is well-polished. It’s perfect for picnics, BBQs, and summer fun. -MB

Mâcon-Bussières, Dom. des Vieilles Pierres – Litaud – 2014
Directly from clay and limestone soil, this Chardonnay will give you the best value for under $20. Old vines and little intervention in the cellars make this a classic Mâconnais-style Chardonnay that’s highly aromatic, rich in texture, and perfect for summer. -MB

Bandol Rosé, Dom. du Gros Noré – 2015
Here’s a rosé for a serious foodie BBQ. This is a full-bodied and structured rosé with some guts! It has the fruit and aromatics you would expect from Southern France, but there’s tannin, and enough weight to stand up to BBQ of all stripes. A delicious symphony of red fruit, minerality, and complexity. -EG

Bodegas Triay, Godello – 2014
Put down that lemonade and pour a glass of Godello. This Monterrei beauty has all the bright tart fruit needed on a summer day. Paired with juicy peach, held together by salinity, and crushed rock minerality. The complexity of this wine shines when drank by itself, but it possesses the weight and texture to pair well with BBQ chicken, steak, fish, or cheese and cured meats. -CB

Franck Pascal “Reliance” Brut Nature – NV
Shazam! This Champagne is not meant for dainty tea sandwiches. It unleashes a big mousse with savory fennel and salinity that calls out for grilled meats. Use it to whet your appetite or pair with sizzling steaks at your next BBQ. -SD

Perseval-Farge “Terre de Sables”, 1er Cru Brut – NV
The bead and acidity of this Champagne turns meat into melted butter in your mouth! Made from mostly Chardonnay, it is zippy and refreshing on its own but has a remarkable affinity for marbled meats and thick sauces. Pour it with BBQ meat slathered in sauce and just let it melt you! -SD

Kelley Fox Maresh Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills – 2013
Kelley Fox’s wines are exactly what you want during the summertime. Her pinot noir is easy to drink without being boring or simple. Fresh cherry notes, earthly aromas, and a touch of oak characterize this quintessential USA wine. -SS

Botanica Pinot Noir – 2012
If you’re planning a braai in the backyard, surely take Botanica to the BBQ. It’s a deep and smoky South African Pinot Noir, and a surprising change from the usual Cali and Burgundian party-going suspects. This exquisite wine is begging to be paired with grilled sausage and charred veggies. – SS