Barbecue manBarbecues and delicate wines don't go together. To compete with the rich smells and flavours of barbecued food you need a wine that tastes of berry fruit and chocolate. So what's needed are robustly-flavoured reds.

Red wines made with the blackberry and cherry tasting grape varieties of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo work best with barbecued meats. The usual rather-burnt barbecued burger often comes topped with a fiery chilli relish. You’d think drinking a cold beer or chilled white wine with this would soothe the tongue, but a room-temperature red wine will cleanse the mouth and enable your taste buds to start registering again. Your burger will taste meaty and your red wine fruity.

PG Wine Reviews

Da Luca redLa Nonna Spanish Rioja Joven 2013

£4.29 Tesco

Light plum and raspberry flavours. Would work as a replacement for rosé if served cool.

Carles Spanish Priorat 2010

£5.99 Lidl

This red wine from the lesser-known region Priorat is an ace wine at an ace price. Expect sour cherry and raspberry flavours initially, soon followed by perfumed violets and creamy damson. After the bottle's been opened for about half an hour the flavours morph into chocolate and mocha coffee. Fab stuff.

Fetzer Bel Arbor Californian Zinfandel

£5.99 Ocado

Fetzer is one of the world's most popular wine brands so you'll be able to pick up a bottle of their reliable wines almost anywhere. This red Zinfandel is currently available at Asda at a pretty good price but your local corner shop or garage may also stock it. Expect flavours of raspberry sauce.

Bordiere Nord 2014 French Syrah Grenache

£6.99 Majestic

Raspberry and damson flavours with a hint of spice. Really nice stuff. Really good price.

Castellani Italian Chianti Classico 2011

£6.99 Tesco

Quality Chianti with light and dark notes. Expect redcurrant and cocoa flavours.

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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.

the sunSummer is now officially here and with it the hope of sultry days and the need for a cooling drink. So now’s the time to choose chilled whites as these make a good choice for wine lovers looking for refreshment.

woman drinking wineFinally scientists have finally found something to celebrate about the female condition. It seems women who drink wine put on fewer pounds than teetotallers of the same sex. So you can tuck into a couple of glasses of wine every night and still stay slim. There are a couple of provisos: limiting yourself to drinking two glasses a night and those glasses should contain red wine.