Red wine and red meat go together like—well, summertime and barbecue! It’s June, and the smell of fresh-cut grass and fresh cut tri-tip is everywhere, bringing families, friends, and even political opposites together for a satisfying meal in the backyard. This summer, go bold! Not sure what I mean? We’ve got a few nifty new recipes you can easily pair alongside a range of barbecue-approved reds. Just don’t forget the wet naps. The need for those never changes, summer after summer. Bring on the BBQ sauce!
Grilled Romaine Wedges
You’re in the mood for: A light(er) summer meal
You need: 2014 Michael Gill Cellars II Elione Zinfandel – This 2015 Taster’s International Competition winner shines alongside this sassy salad’s smoky flavors.
Get grilling: The idea of throwing your lettuce on the grill might appall or downright annoy you (why cook a crunchy, refreshing veggie in such a manner?). But trust us…this recipe for lightly browned full heads of romaine is downright delicious, adding complex layers of charred flavor and crunch to your dish. Tip: Serve alongside saucy pork ribs for a rich counterpoint. Drizzle with chipotle ranch or powerful, chunky blue cheese for an even heftier kick.
Pineapple Steak Kabobs
You need: 2013 Paydirt Wines Going for Broke Blend (57% Zinfandel, 27% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 7% Grenache, and 7% Mourvedre) – Reach for a playful, bold blend bursting with freshness and ripe berry fruit.
Get grilling: I’m not pointing fingers, but your kabobs could use a little moxie. Go from limp to luscious with this recipe for steak kabobs with the addition of fat, juicy pineapple cubes that burst with sugary flavor. Plus: If you do it right, the fruit will caramelize on the grill, allowing these tangy juices to coat your steak for a magnificent, meaty finish. Tip: For a side that adds the right touch of acid, try a big creamy scoop of Hawaiian macaroni salad peppered with onion, carrots, and apple cider vinegar.
You’re in the mood for: Bold barbecue
You need: Lusso Della Terra 2011 Sangiovese – Go for an alluring, earthy cherry red Sangiovese boasting notes of blueberry, plum, and spice.
Get grilling: The heady scent of sweet, salty Korean Short Ribs wafting off your grill will bring new neighbors to your door; I promise! Make sure you prepare enough food for everyone and, as with all thin cuts of meat, do not overcook! A marinade of brown sugar, soy, and green onion bring this flavor bomb to new heights. Pair this lush meal with a fresh sugar snap pea salad or whatever’s green in your own garden.
You need: San Marcos Creek 2013 Zintuitio Estate Cuvee (57% Zinfandel, 34% Petite Sirah, 9% Grenache) – A nontraditional summer rebel calls for a wine that is absolutely “not your grandfather’s zinfandel.”
Get grilling: Cook your beef patties per usual, but be sure to try them slapped between two ramen “buns” this summer. What the what? Yes, I said it. The hot new trend is famous at Foremost Wine Company in SLO, where the restaurant sells out during Thursday Night Farmer’s Market. Replicate your own Instagram-worthy Ramen Burger with this addictive combination of seasoned beef, fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, and texturally exciting noodle “bun!”
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