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grilling, no spilling: best bbq wines

Grills are lit all across the summering world. Although we pop so much refreshing rosé and white when it’s hot, we also need some good reds for all of our meaty BBQs. Get your tongs in one hand and a glass of one of these grilling greats in the other:

malbec

I actually never liked Malbec til I had it with asado – what they call a huge mixed meat grill in Argentina. They’ll seriously grill any part of the animal, but when you try it with a gritty, hearty Malbec you know you’ve achieved grill pairing perfection.

Try Nieto Senetiner, $18.99.

portuguese reds

I just got back from Aspen Food & Wine where I tried a number of reds from all over Portugal. They’re big, bold, and fruity but have lots of acidity that keep them fresh.

Loved this Esporao Reserva, $23.99.

cab blends

Cabernet is a go-to for steaks, and lately I’ve especially liked the gritty ones from mountainous areas.

This Chappellet Moutain Cuvée is a blend of mostly Cab and Merlot and has great spicy blackberry and dark chocolate notes, $31.99.

 

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