8 sizzling buys and great grillers!

SIZZLE. It’s one of the classic sounds of summer and begs for the addition of liquid refreshment. Maybe your initial instinct is to grab a beer, but there are many wines that pair beautifully with grilled meats and veggies. From hearty reds that stand up to chargrilled steak to whites that are the perfect accompaniment to grilled shrimp and other seafood, your summer grilling can step up a notch with the addition of the right wine. There are a lot of options to consider, all at great prices, so check out our suggestions for your next backyard barbecue.

Caro Tinto 20111. Carro Tinto 2011
$9.99 Bottle | $107.89 Case (12)
If you’re thinking of dishing up burgers, pulled pork or beef brisket this Spanish wine is a winner. This is a juicy, easy-drinking red with strong, rich flavors of blackberry, blueberry and violets. Carro Tinto’s firm tannins help hold the wine together when paired with grilled or barbecued meat. This is a real crowd-pleaser at a great price.

2. Valentin Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
$9.99 Bottle | $107.89 Case (12)
The spicy notes on the nose indicate what this wine pairs well with grilled steak, especially a ribeye or strip. Put together a peppercorn sauce and look out- it’s a match made in heaven. This Cab carries nice berry flavors along with hints of cedar. The mouthfeel is balanced and smooth, further complementing the textures of a good steak. Yum.

Angeline Pinot Noir3. Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2011
$9.99 Bottle | $107.89 Case (12)
A classic Malbec expression that is silky and supple, with layers of ripe plum, cherry and coffee. The undertone of vanilla rounds things out nicely. This wine is a good choice with grilled salmon or marinated pork loin.

4. Angeline Pinot Noir
$12.49 Bottle | $135.98 Case (12)
This is a California Pinot Noir with a ton of character and value. Bright and fruity, it opens with wild cherry flavors, continues with creamy vanilla notes and a subtle earthiness and ends with faint hints of toasted oak. It’s light and fun. Angeline also has enough complexity to make it ideal for food pairing- think grilled shrimp, tuna or mushrooms.

Graffigna Pinot Grigio Centinario 20115. Jason-Stephens Zinfandel 2008
$17.49 Bottle | $188.89 Case (12)
A native Hoosier and Ball State alumnus, Jason Goelz ventured out west to become a winemaker. His bottlings have captured Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle’s wine competition and high ratings from industry analysts. This Zin is a particularly good expression of Jason’s talents. Bursting with touches of raspberry, it’s a jammy and delicious wine. Try this one with chicken and veggie kebabs.

6. Graffigna Pinot Grigio Centenario 2011
$9.99 Bottle | $107.89 Case (12)
Elegance embodied. This Argentinian white starts with aromas of jasmine. On tasting, light peach and apricot flavors come to the fore. There is a nice balance here of fruit and floral notes, making for an enjoyable summer white. This wine is well matched with grilled zucchini, shrimp or scallops.

7. Château Lamy Corbieres 2011
$9.99 Bottle | $107.89 Case (12)
This is a big, voluptuous red with great cherry fruit and silky tannins. The nose also gives some floral notes, especially violets. Vanilla becomes apparent midway through the palate, and the wine finishes with enough spice to keep things interesting. This is a wine to serve with rich meats like veal and lamb chops.

8. New Age White Blend 2012
$9.99 Bottle | $107.89 Case (12)
Now this is a fun, kicky wine. A blend of Argentinian (Mendoza) Torrontes and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, this gem has a slight effervescence that enhances the pear, apricot and peach flavors. It’s not too sweet; it has a really refreshing quality that makes it perfect for sipping around the pool or at a concert on the lawn. New Age is also quite versatile- it’ll hold up to a few ice cubes and a slice of lime, you can also pour it into a pitcher over some chopped fruit to make sangria, or you can just sip it from your glass. This wine is the epitome of a fun summer afternoon.

 

 

 

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