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Pairing Wine with Barbecue


When people think of barbecue, they think of pairing it with beer. However, there are many wines that pair well with barbecue food. You would be surprised to know how pleasant the right wine goes with grilled food.

Wines to Serve With Barbecue Food

At your next barbecue, switch it up and trade the beer  for a chilled glass of Chardonnay. If white wines aren’t your thing, there are plenty of perfect reds that match well with the smoky flavors of barbecue food like a light Pinot Noir or a peppery Shiraz.
There is definitely a wide array of wine choices when it comes to pairing one with barbecue fare, so go ahead and try out a few to find out what you prefer. Use a list of popular wines and what they pair best with to get started.

White Wines

Many white wines are smooth and easy to drink. They do not have overwhelming flavor notes and can go great with chicken and fish. Some whites to include at your barbecue include:


This white works best with grilled fish, shellfish and chicken. It also is great with fresh grilled corn on the cob covered in butter. Look for ones without the oak aging for the most versatility.


This sweet white works well with barbecue chicken, grilled vegetables, and even grilled pineapple.

Pinot Grigio

This dry white wine can be served with grilled vegetables and shrimp.

Red Wines

Red wines often contain bold spicy flavors along with fruity notes. This makes them the ideal choice to serve with smoked or barbecue meats. Some red wines to consider are:


This vibrant and full-bodied garnet red wine has hints of black cherry and black pepper, making it ideal to serve with barbecue food. Pair it with saucy ribs for a tasty treat.


This red goes great with grilled chicken, pork, and summer salads. It has hints of fruit that work well with spicy dishes as well.


This spicy red is perfect to serve with red meat. Pair it with grilled steaks, smoked brisket, or any smoked meat.

Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine has notes that make it perfect to serve with burgers and steak. This deep red can stand up to sharp cheeses and any sauce or condiment.

Pinot Noir

This wine can be served with just about anything. It is easy to drink and works well with red meat, as well as fish. It can be served withgrilled salmon, beef burgers, and even chicken.