Call me optimistic, in the middle of another snowstorm, but I found myself looking for this year’s BBQ wine this past week.
I know it looks a little pathetic out there in the cold, but trust me, this one is a keeper. Smoky notes, sour cherry, and enough tannin to hit back at those grilled sausages.
BBQ BARBERA PIEMONTE DOC
LCBO 234864 | 750 mL bottle
Price $ 9.95
My favorite LCBO summer red wine? Doesn’t matter anymore – “Product Discontinued*” and I think the asterisk is there just to make me mad! A perfectly good inexpensive French wine available nevermore (my third Edgar Allan Poe reference in two years – good for me).
Well LCBO – I know how to play this game. I contacted my girl in the Vintages section and she hunted down 6 bottles from some warehouse in Ottawa – where presumably the bottles were stored next to the Ark of the Covenant.
So here’s the next problem. With this heat wave and the BBQ going strong I opened my first (of 6) precious bottles and now it’s gone because we drank it. Now I’m down to 5. And I know myself, soon I’ll be at 4. I don’t like where this is going. I can look for another great summer BBQ wine but that seems like a lot of work.
Anyone have a favorite summer BBQ wine for me? I need at least 6 bottles.
“Sweet baby Bacchus I need a great summer wine – and make it red”. Does this sound like you? Perhaps you’ve tried to find one and the closest you’ve come is close. We both know that’s not close enough. Here are my summer reds.
BOUCHARD PERE & FILS – Bouchard Père & Fils is a family winery in Burgundy France. These wines are clearly brothers. They are similar, light reds from Burgundy and both made with Gamay. The Mâcon Gamay has a nice sour cherry taste to it and is my favorite but I’ve never gone wrong serving a Beaujolais-Villages at a summer grill party. A great price, great flavours, and perfect for summer drinking.
- Summer wines from the LCBO
LCBO 164582 | Price: $ 13.95
LCBO 665448 | Price: $ 12.95