This one’s for all our American friends out there, but let’s be honest: any excuse for wine at a BBQ is a good one! In honour of Independence Day, here’s our pick of the top pairings from across the pond.
Hamburgers? The Prospector California 2012
For this great American classic try a supple and rich red such as The Prospector California 2012. This exclusive red from Reed Renaudin and his renowned Napa X winery is a sumptuous oak-aged classic. The grapes were selected from 10 to 30 year old vineyard sites within the epicentre of the California Gold Rush. Powerful and perfect for juicy meat.
Hot Dogs? Fetters Springs Pinot Noir 2012
Fetters Springs is that rarest of beasts – a lusciously ripe, silky-smooth Pinot Noir that doesn’t break the bank. This exclusive new release from the Sebastiani family is a perfect match for hot dogs, with notes of cola and hints of toasty oak too.
Fried Chicken? Honig Family Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013
This Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect match for the Independence Day staple. With its hints of tropical fruit, peach and grapefruit, its freshness works hand-in-hand with white meat, and will even balance out spicier strips. Honig has become one of the most talked about of Rutherford in Napa Valley, and this Sauvignon justifies the hype.
Mac & Cheese? Starmaker Viognier 2012
According to Jancis Robinson, 2012 is “one of the best vintages California has seen for decades”. This stunning Starmaker really shows off the vintage’s ripeness. The cheese will bring out the wine’s lightly creamy, pleasing texture, and its enticing aromatics are an excellent pairing for pasta. This small-batch beauty is an excellent alternative for fans of Chardonnay.
BBQ Ribs? Vidal Vineyards Merlot 2005
The Vidal Vineyards Merlot 2005 aromas of bell peppers, plum and liquorice complement this sweet and salty American classic. Enjoy the rich comforting meat with this velvety, medium bodied red. Its Napa Valley seal of trust ensures you’ll get the true high quality American experience for this meal, and at 15%, this is truly an American celebration wine – proceed with caution!