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5 Paso Reds to Pair with Backyard BBQ

It’s going to be lit! Slap on that Kiss the Cook apron and grab your longest pair of tongs—grilling season is just around the corner! Time to lug your trusty barbecue into the sun, dust off that big bag of charcoal and get a spark going. When it comes to grilling the Paso Robles way, don’t forget the most important ingredient: A fruity, drinkable red wine that wows. You thought we were going to say “barbecue sauce,” didn’t you? Well, that would be number two on the list, just before “ripe watermelon.” Ready to get grilling? Grab these 5 reds first. Now we’re cooking with fire!

Wines of the West – Alloy Antipasto Sangiovese in a Can

Grab a six-pack: This luxurious sangiovese courtesy of the folks at Alloy may taste super fancy, but the laid back aluminum can format is 100% “casual Friday.” Crack open one of these bold bad boys and take a sip between bites of your tomato-and-bacon-laden burger. The wine cries out for rich sauces and meaty morsels (especially when a little char is involved). Maybe you should give it what it wants? Sure seems like this sangiovese means business! Want to try the wine first? Check out Wines of the West’s virtual tasting offerings and bring this red to a patio near you.

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Dubost Wine – 2017 Auguste GSM

The power of three: Something truly special happens when you mix juicy sausages, spicy peppers and caramelized onions all on the grill—it’s like the trio are so much better together than they ever were apart. But what about Paso’s classic GSM blend? When grenache, syrah and mourvedre co-mingle, true magic happens in the glass! Grab Dubost Wine’s approachable GSM—aged for 18 months in 50% new oak—and behold the unifying yumminess of each satisfying slurp. Uncork now or let it ride till 2035 (seriously, we’re not making this up). Do you think we’ll still be grilling then? Considering it’s the original way of enjoying any piece of food, we have to think so…

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Oso Libre – 2016 Reserva Bordeaux Blend Reserva

Meaty and mighty and altogether marvelous: A winery that can supply the perfect red blend plus a fantastic cut of red meat for the grill? That’s right, friends! If “beef” happens to be your particular love language, you’re in luck! Oso Libre’s robust Bordeaux-style blend is perfect when paired alongside the winery’s estate raised Angus beef. Really, it’s quite romantic how well they play together. Comprised of 79% cabernet Sauvignon and 21% merlot, get ready for layers of plush fruit flavor that roll into a finger-licking (and ultra-lingering) finish. Truly, could any match be easier? Cupid can take the day off.

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Donati Family Vineyards – 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Consider yourself a serious eater? Are you the type to tie on a bib and really go for it (even if everyone else is primly nibbling on a garden burger)? Well, let’s just say a full rack of baby back ribs are no match for Donati Family Vineyard’s cabernet Sauvignon that was awarded an esteemed 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. Mischievous in personality, this wine easily conjures up aromas of brambleberry, dark cherry, vanilla bean, and toffee crunch. The palate is intense with tight tannins, flavors of raspberry, fresh blackberry, black pepper, and cedar box. Long and lasting finish, with hints of mocha leather hide, and raspberry puree offers up a delightful contrast to any barbecue sauce-laden entree. With lively acid throughout and creamy tannins that turn to velvet, this wine isn’t just a show-stopper. It’s a meal topper!

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Chateau Margene – Roxo Port 2014 Barbera

Dig in and indulge: We say skip dessert and go straight for this sweet talking charmer. You can thank the folks at Chateau Margene for carrying this outstanding port style red (and before you argue with us on whether it could or should pair with barbecue, just hold your horses). Aged in French oak for six long years, this distinguished-yet-approachable wine is not cloying or “one note.” In fact, it’s totally the life of the party! Complex layers of juicy flavor call out for pulled pork sandwiches topped with sharp red onion. Sure, you’re skeptical. But once you try it, you’ll be converted.

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 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at

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