Grilling season is fully fired up in the Hamptons, and a backyard barbecue is the perfect opportunity to take food and wine pairings to a new level. No matter what’s cooking on the grill, there’s a wine—and an affordable wine at that—to uncork, says Chris Holmes, manager at Hampton Bays Wine & Spirits. Thirsty yet? Chris has a great wine for steak or chicken, along with a red for hot dogs, a chardonnay for ribs, a seafood-friendly Sauvignon Blanc and more. Raise a glass…and pass the BBQ!
On the Grill: Burgers and Hot Dogs
In Your Glass: 90+ Cellars Garnacha from Spain ($9.99)
The class fare at backyard barbecues everywhere pairs perfectly with this light-to-medium fruit-forward red that offers a spicy finish.
On the Grill: Lobster and Seafood
In Your Glass: Decoy Sauvignon Blanc from California ($15.99)
Duckhorn’s second label is an affordable Napa Valley Sauv Blanc that is light and crisp with flavors of lemon, lime and grapefruit.
On the Grill: BBQ Chicken and Ribs
In Your Glass: RouteStock Cellars Chardonnay ($14.99)
You could do red or white with such fare, but this Carneros chard has a great balance of tropical fruit and oak to enjoy with a BBQ chicken-and-ribs dinner.
On the Grill: Steak and Potatoes
In Your Glass: Tuck Beckstoffer’s The Sum Red ($19.99)
A rich, full-bodied red blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. Black fruit flavors along with toasted oak and vanilla make this wine a great pick to stand up to steak.
On the Grill: A Smorgasbord
In Your Glass: Chateau Lamargue Les Grandes Cabanes Rose ($9.99)
If your table has a little bit of everything, this is the wine to serve. It’s not White Zinfandel–sweet but this 50-50 blend of Syrah and Grenache is a great, fresh, summertime French Rhone. Full of raspberry aromas and flavor, this rosé makes a great wine to enjoy any hot day or night.
Hampton Bays Wine & Spirits
46 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, NY 11946