Burgers are a classic staple at a summer cook-out and, while beer is often the conventional drink of choice, you may be surprised how well a glass of wine can go with this summer favorite. For pairing with beef burgers, many sommeliers recommend Beaujolais wines for its approachable, earthy, and fruity taste. It’s also affordable. Try the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages. It has a slightly spicy cinnamon kick that complements the smoky, grilled quality of a burger.
Smoky, sticky ribs are a favorite at summer barbecues, especially in Kansas City. Wine experts recommend a smoky and fruity wine to match the smoky and sweet quality of the meat. A robust Syrah works well. The foodie website epicurious recommends Black Cat Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah 2009.
From fish tacos to shrimp cocktail, seafood is always a popular choice in the warmer months, especially since it doesn’t have to be hot to be enjoyed. A refreshing white is a natural choice when pairing wine with fish due to the delicate, subtle quality of the meat. Foodandwine.com recommends Albariño, a Spanish white wine, as a great choice for summer. Try the 2013 Columna Albarino. It is affordable and International Wine Cellar gave it 89 points.
Grilled chicken is a popular choice at summer picnics, especially with sides of corn on the cob and coleslaw. It’s also versatile and can be paired with a variety of wines, either red or white. Try an accessible and citrusy Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay. If you are serving it with barbecue sauce, try a light to medium-bodied red wine like 88 Elena Walch 2013 Schiava, which is a low-acidic and elegantly fruity red wine that is great for summer.
Nothing is better than a refreshing salad in the summer when it’s too hot to cook and you want to fit into your swimsuit. White wines with light herbal flavors, like Pinot Grigio, work well with green salads. Try the 2013 Castel Salleg Pinot Grigio. When it comes to dressing the salad, bold vinegar lends a harsh taste to the wine, so use soft vinegar such as balsamic.