Barbecue Wines of the New World

The New World Makes Perfect Barbecue Wines


Now is the perfect time send summer off by breaking out the grill and cracking open the wonderful barbecue wines of the New World: Bold South American reds, flavor-packed rosés from Australia, and luscious Chardonnays from California are all in order. These larger-than-life beverages make excellent barbecue wines to pair with grilled chicken, burgers, and beyond. But there’s a lot of barbecue wines to choose from in the New World—from the United States, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and New Zealand. Here are a couple suggestions for New World barbecue wines from sales associates Erik Guzinski, Sam Davies, Marc Baralla, Bambi Ray, and Josh Mizrahi, as well as sales manager Doug Yacka.

Jansz Premium Rosé – NV
In case you’re unfamiliar with “Sparkling Tasmania” here’s your introduction. At 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir, this lush and copper-hued wine features bright yellow and red fruits, a creamy mid-palate, and a long finish. This will give Champagne a run for its money. Truly delicious. This an exciting twist on barbecue wines.-EG

Eminence Road, Cabernet Franc, Seneca Lake – 2014
This is a great New York State Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes region. As the label says “Bottled Alive, Please Decant”. Drinking this delicious natural wine with a great earthy funkiness, you might feel like you have been transported to the Loire Valley in France – but this comes from a lot closer to home. Buy local! Serve slightly chilled! Enjoy this barbecue wine! -JM

De Wetshof Estate “Lesca” Chardonnay – 2013
Are you a hardcore California Chardonnay lover? Or perhaps you like to kick it old school with some Burgundian Chardonnay? Neither? Even better! This Chardonnay has one leg in each camp, showing subtle wood notes, juicy primary fruit, and Old World acidity. It’s a white that has enough body and energy to be an amazing barbecue wine. -SD

Zuccardi, Serie A, Malbec – 2014

From the foot of the Andes, the Familia Zuccardi has been producing high-quality wine since the 60s. The Serie A 2014 Malbec is a powerful barbecue wine full of fruit and notes of pepper and tobacco. -MB

Moorooduc Estate, Estate Pinot Noir – 2012

This Australian Pinot Noir comes from the Mornington Peninsula, a southern region with a temperate climate well suited to growing this finicky varietal. 2012 is considered one of the peninsula’s best vintage years to date and this bottle is ready to drink now. The wine is fresh and delicate on the palate, but still offers plenty of complexity. The spices on the finish lean toward the exotic which makes it an excellent barbecue wine. -BR

Donkey and Goat, Chardonnay “Improbable” – 2013
Forget everything you think you know about California Chardonnay. The “Improbable” does not try to evoke any conventional style. Expect cider, walnut, and honey mustard on the nose, followed by spicy, robust flavors on the palate; even a touch of tannin. This unfiltered Chardonnay is a true “natural wine”, proudly made in the USA. A truly unconventional barbecue wine to end summer right. -DY