Grilled Chicken Pairings

6 great wines for summer grilling


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Grilled Brined Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce and chicken? That’s either inspired or blasphemous, depending on your relationship with chimichurri sauce. Me, I’ve got an open relationship with this all-purpose condiment, firmly believing it makes everything taste better.  Remember I said that wine-brined chicken marinade was close to what I use? I lied. This is much closer, though the pinch of crushed red pepper turns into a whole handful!

This is a great wine for light and lively red wines. Think of a really fine Chianti or Sangiovese based blend, though something a bit more assertive might be needed here. Time to break out the Mencia! Yes, Mencia, that hip as a hula hoop red that all the cool kids were talking about before they realized how little is made and what happens to wines like that when you talk too much about them. Mainly, the prices go up and the wines get even harder to find! Well if Mencia is already too mainstream for you, then break into your Hondarribi Beltza with this dish.

That’s red Txakoli, folks. Yes, Txakoli is a wine. No, they spell words like that in the Basque country. Cha, Cha, it’s pronounced Cha-ko-lee. On second thought, the Mencia really is perfect for this dish.

2008 Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo

D. Ventura Ribeira Sacra

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  • Snooth User: nalvina
    872145 2

    These are really good wines to pair with the chicken, but why not a beautiful rosé, or, as I like, a New World Pinot (from California rather than Oregon)? What do you think?

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM

  • Snooth User: dyye
    314202 79

    A pinot noir from California, Oregon or Western Washington sounds good to me. We don't get pints from Western Washington every year, but when we do they are really good.

    Jan 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

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