What to drink with barbecue food!
Barbecue food, by its very nature, demands robust wines full of flavour that will be a good match to the food on offer.
If you're planning a barbecue, chances are that it's going to be an informal meal with friends, so there's no need to go overboard and buy in lots of fine wines. Many people prefer beer with their burgers and bangers, but if you are planning to cook Delia's barbecue recipes and want something a little more special, here are our suggestions:
With meaty burgers, sausages and kebabs, a rich red from the Languedoc, or New World Shiraz would be a good option. If you prefer white, aim for something refreshing with lots of assertive flavour, such as a New World Chardonnay.
If you are cooking halloumi cheeses kebabs for the veggies, or providing acidic tomato salsas and salads, then a crisp Sauvignon Blanc might be a good bet. Another popular wine in hot weather is rosé. Try a French touraine or sun-drenched rosé made from Syrah grapes.
Barbecue food often makes lavish use of herbs, oil and lemon juice in the marinades. If you are using these ingredients, remember that a lemony Chardonnay will cope well with them, and cut through the richness of the oil. If you prefer red, you won't go wrong with a Grenache or Syrah from Southern France or Italy, as both of these will be crammed with fruit and herbs.
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