Grilled Chicken Pairings

6 great wines for summer grilling


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The Ultimate Barbecued Chicken

It’s déjà vu all over again. I have the eerie feeling that I just paired this recipe with a wine. I deed! I deed! But it’s such a good recipe that I’m willing to throw down with it again. This is full on barbecue chicken and by that I mean grilled chicken with a sweet and spicy sauce on it. I don’t know where the first of these barbecue transmogrifications came from; but I have to admit, when it’s good, it’s great. Nostalgia food at its best – and messiest.

This is a dish that begs for a fruity red wine, something bold and zesty. I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest Zinfandel here, so I’ll say Zinfandel, then say Bonarda!

Bonarda from Argentina is a great fruity red that makes for a really fine pairing with this sort of dish. Fun food, fun wine. Not so interested in having frivolous fun here? Well I hear DRC makes for a great barbecue wine, so why don’t you try that and please invite me when you do.

Okay, so maybe that’s not a great idea. But you still want something different that would work with this dish, right? The answer is A to Z. Austria section, bottom shelf, pick out Zweigelt. Crisp, lightly spicy and complex, with plenty of pure fruit to spare. It’s a winning match, set, done.

2008 La Posta Bonarda

2009 Paul Achs Zweigelt

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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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