For me, my imagination for grilling something different is fading. After all, there’s only so much charred meat we can consume in three months. If you’re feeling the same way you might be ready to sit back, relax and go for take-out.
It’s time we take charge and not let the heat beat us down. So here is a list of a few very affordable wines, under $15, that will help to keep us cool with either the grilled burgers and chicken or our favorite spicy foods.
Here are two red wines that will be great with the burgers and steaks still on the grill menus.
Jean-Luc Colombo Syrah La Violette 2007 — from France has a savory and chewy character that is a nice match for the grilled meats.
Bodegas Borsao Red 2008 — from Spain has a smokiness and dark fruit flavors with firm tannins that can stand up to the grilled burger or steak.
Now for those delicious spicy take-out foods we enjoy we’ll need something refreshing. A bubbly drink is what we are looking for. The bubbles in a crisp sparkling wine are refreshing and they cleanse the palate. We usually don’t think of sparkling wine for take-out, but after BBQ season we need to celebrate.
Low alcohol and tannins are the wines you should look for when spicy foods are on your take out menu. Here are a couple of suggestions.
Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry — sparkling wine from California is a little sweet with pineapple and peach flavors.
Pacific Rim Columbia Valley Organic Riesling 2008 — from Washington state has sweet stone fruit flavors. Rieslings are a good choice with spicy foods.
When choosing a wine for spicy take out foods choose a wine that has a hint of sweetness with not too much sugar — look for an alcohol level of approximately 11% to 10.5%. This will be just the right amount of sweetness to cut through the ‘fiery’ ‘spicy’ foods.
TIP/FYI: If you taste the wine prior to eating it will taste sweet. After you have had a few bites of the spicy food and taste the wine again the wine will taste even sweeter.
2015 UPDATE: The wines mentioned about may no longer be available. Most often you will be able to find similar varieties with current vintages.