Barbecues need white wine

Barbecue man and women lookingBarbecued red meat and robustly-flavoured red wines are well matched. But where are we white wine drinkers in this mass of red? The lighter tasting flavours of white wines go well with barbecued fish, chicken, vegetable kebabs and salads. These foods will often have picked up a smoke-laced tang and so need wines made with more fruity-flavoured white grape varieties for a better match. Gooseberry tasting Sauvignon Blanc and the honey tones of a Colombard go well.

newspaper pileMind you keeping white wines cold while the sun shines and the barbecue radiates heat is tricky, but not insoluble. For a quick and cheap solution, wrap your whites in newspaper soaked in water. As the water evaporates it takes the heat away, so keeping your wine cool for about half an hour. For a longer lasting solution, stand your white wines in a mixture of water and icecubes.

PG Wine Reviews

SPAR Italian Pinot Grigio 2014

£5.50 SPAR

A quaffable white with light floral apple and peach flavours.

Chilean whiteSPAR Italian Garganega Pinot Grigio

£6.29 SPAR

Add a dash of Garganega to the previous wine and the result is this – a lovely fresh wine that tastes of home-made lemonade with a dash of cinnamon. Yum.

Truly Irresistible Italian Greco 2014

£6.99 Co-op (new)

It may be new but it'll be easy to spot – just look out for a bottle with Dracula on the label. Yes, hmm. Nice wine though – lemon, apricot and honey.

Co-op Truly Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2014 (new)

£6.99 Co-op

This new addition to the Co-op range is a great match to grilled chicken pasted with garlic butter with its almost smoky flavours backed up with creamy melon and peach.

Dark Horse Californian Chardonnay 2013

£9 Sainsbury's

Creamy apple and pear flavors with a bit of banana creaminess.

This article also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk