Memorial Day is just around the corner ,and that signifies one thing, summer is almost here. For most, it’s time to whip up barbecue dishes and pop a cold can of beer to go with it. But the truth is that you can also enjoy your backyard barbecues with some of the best wines. Yup, that is right – a bottle of wine.

Wine reviews for grilling

Wine for Grilled Burgers

Burgers are a grilling staple. It may sound easy to pair wine with burgers however if you start adding on cheese, mustard, and ketchup then the game changes. Thankfully, there is Cru Beaujolais. This type of wine is derived from the Gamay wine grape. This gives the wine an earthy flavor which goes well with burgers and all of its condiments. Try Nicole Chanrion Cote-de-Brouilly 2012, France.

Wines for Grilled Fruits and Veggies

When grilling fresh fruits and vegetables, try a bottle of Thiery Weber Animo Gruner Veltliner wine or the Forstreiter ‘Grooner’ Gruner Veltliner. Chardonnay, in its chilled form, is another great wine selection to compliment grilling greens and fruits.

Wines for Grilled Seafood and Fish

White wine has always been the wine of choice for seafood and fish. The best wines are those that subtly compliment and elevate the flavor of seafood and fish. Grillo from Italy will certainly do well in this aspect. It is a white wine with some flavor of mango through it. Some delicious Grillo wines include Stemmari Grillo/Vionier ‘Dalila’ Sicily and Stemmari Grillo ‘Baci Vivaci,’ Sicily. Also, the citrus-filled flavor of Pinot Gris works well with fish like tuna and salmon. For Pinot Gris, embrace Montinore Pinot Gris 2012, Oregon or Elk Cove Vineyards 2013, Oregon.

Wines for Grilled Chicken

When chicken is grilled in the right way, it can give the best brisket and ribs a run for their money. When it comes to grape wines, there are two that do chicken justice. These are Verdelho and Vinho Verde from Portugal. With its peach undertones, Verdelho compliments the somewhat subtle flavor of chicken. On the other hand, Vino Verde does its trick by offering its floral flavors to compliment the flavor of chicken. A great Verdelho choice is the Herdade Esporao Verdelho 2013, Portugal and for Vinho Verde it would be Casa de Vilacethino Brazao Vinho Verde 2013, Portugal.