X

Enter to win a FREE
SKIN ACTIVE
Tri-Therapy Lifting
Serum from NeoStrata!

*By entering to win, you agree to receive future emails from NeoStrata.

The Best Wines Under $20 for Your Barbecue

Large Editorial Image


August 11, 2015

Summertime is in full swing, and it’s high time to fire up the grill! While beer is always a popular choice for a cookout, don’t count out wine as a spectacular companion to your favorite barbecue dishes. Grilling brings savory charred edges and a smoky depth of flavor that are a perfect fit with these easygoing, friendly wines. At less than $20 a bottle, you can enjoy them all summer long.

By Sarah Tracey of The Lush Life

 

24edf15_e _sq

 

Zinfandel

Drink It with: Barbecued Pork Ribs with Maple Rub

America’s great wine variety, zinfandel is a classic pairing choice with barbecued meats. Plush, smooth and generously fruity (think ripe cherries), with a little smoke and a hint of maple, its richness and body can easily stand up to ribs coated in your favorite spice rub and slathered with sweet, spicy, tangy barbecue sauce.

Ones to Try: Teira Zinfandel Sonoma County 2012, $17; Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zin 2011, $15; Foxglove Zinfandel 2011, $18

 med104768_0709_whole_chicken_sq

Beaujolais

Drink It with: Barbecued Chicken

Beaujolais is a light-bodied red wine that’s traditionally served lightly chilled (it’s not to be confused Beaujolais Nouveau, which is released every November and very different quality-wise). Made from the Gamay grape, this wine gives us the perfect balance of fruit — ripe red raspberries and wild strawberries — with a touch of earthiness. The bold, spicy, and sweet flavors in barbecue sauce may overpower white wines, so a light, vibrant red like this one is a great pairing option.

Ones to Try: Pierre Chermette Beaujolias 2013, $17; Paul Durdilly Beaujolais 2013, $13; Domaine des Grands Fers Fleurie 2011, $18

4001_091508_baconcheeseburg_vert

Syrah

Drink It with: Burgers

Bold, masculine, and peppery — syrah is a powerful red wine that’s a delicious complement to meat dishes. You may even get a savory hint of olive, leather, or tobacco in some bottlings of this classic varietal. The rustic and hearty qualities of syrah are fantastic with the char that a grill brings to the flavor profile of your meats. If you enjoy a good dose of cracked black pepper in your burger blend, consider this your perfect wine pairing.

Ones to Try: Powers Syrah Washington State 2010, $16; Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz 2012, $18; Undurraga T.H. ‘Terroir Hunter’ Syrah Chile 2011, $19

edf_jul06_week_salmon_sq

Pinot Noir

Drink It with: Grilled Salmon

One of my favorite pairings is grilled salmon with a silky, luscious pinot noir. Whoever said that you can only serve white wine with fish never tried this! Salmon has a meaty texture and rich flavor so when it’s grilled, it can stand up to a lighter-bodied red without being overpowered by the wine. Since foods naturally sing in harmony with wines that share the same home (remember — what grows together, goes together), try a pinot noir from the Pacific Northwest. Oregon makes some beautiful ones.

Ones to Try: Montinore Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013, $19; Vista Hills Pinot Noir 2013, $19; 3 Degrees Pinot Noir 2013, $19

mld105717_0610_shrimpbeauty12_sq

Sauvignon Blanc

Pair It With: Grilled Herbed Shrimp

Sweet, light, and tender, shrimp is a grill-out favorite perfect for hot summer days. Go for a fresh un-oaked, lively white wine with some green herbaceous aromas and a nice touch of citrus on the palate: sauvignon blanc! Styles of this wine can vary pretty widely according to where it’s made. If you prefer a more crisp, mineral-driven style, look for sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley in France. Fans of the more fruit-forward styles — rich with grapefruit flavors and tropical fruit aromas — can find some good deals coming out of New Zealand.

Ones to Try: Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2014, $13; François Chidaine Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2014, $12; Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013, $16

More from Martha Stewart:

Quick, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family

45 Meatless Meals for a Healthy Dinner

36 Dinners You Can Make in Just 15 Minutes!

10 Grown Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

 



  • These Swatches From The Gigi Hadid x Maybelline Collection Are AMAZING

    These Swatches From The Gigi Hadid x Maybelline Collection Are AMAZING

    Beauty

    today

  • When Is Free Shipping Day?

    When Is Free Shipping Day?

    Style

    today

  • Yes, You Should Definitely Splurge On A Samsung Galaxy S8 Active On Black Friday

    Yes, You Should Definitely Splurge On A Samsung Galaxy S8 Active On Black Friday

    Shop

    today

  • Here's What to Expect From H&M's Cyber Monday Sale

    Here's What to Expect From H&M's Cyber Monday Sale

    Style

    today

  • Here's Everything You Need to Know About MAC Cosmetics' 2017 Black Friday Deals

    Here's Everything You Need to Know About MAC Cosmetics' 2017 Black Friday Deals

    today

  • These Are Our Favorite Velvet Dresses Of The Season

    These Are Our Favorite Velvet Dresses Of The Season

    Style

    today

  • The Net-A-Porter Black Friday Sale 2017 Is Here--And It Is Everything!

    The Net-A-Porter Black Friday Sale 2017 Is Here--And It Is Everything!

    Style

    today

  • The One Drugstore Face Mask You Should Start Using, According To A Dermatologist

    The One Drugstore Face Mask You Should Start Using, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    today

  • The J.Crew 2017 Black Friday Deal Is AMAZING

    The J.Crew 2017 Black Friday Deal Is AMAZING

    Style

    today

  • The ASOS Black Friday Sale 2017 Is Coming, Are You Ready For It?

    The ASOS Black Friday Sale 2017 Is Coming, Are You Ready For It?

    Style

    1 day

  • These Warm, Stylish Puffer Coats Are All Under $200 #YoureWelcome

    These Warm, Stylish Puffer Coats Are All Under $200 #YoureWelcome

    Style

    1 day

  • Sorel's 2017 Black Friday Deals Are Going To Be AMAZING

    Sorel's 2017 Black Friday Deals Are Going To Be AMAZING

    1 day

  • The Kate Spade 2017 Black Friday Deals Are AMAZING

    The Kate Spade 2017 Black Friday Deals Are AMAZING

    Style

    1 day

  • Deal Alert! Get The ProX By Olay Advanced Facial Cleansing System For Just $13.99 With This Promo Code

    Deal Alert! Get The ProX By Olay Advanced Facial Cleansing System For Just $13.99 With This Promo Code

    Beauty

    1 day

  • 50 New Year's Eve Dresses Under $50 — Shop Now

    50 New Year's Eve Dresses Under $50 — Shop Now

    Style

    1 day

  • What Are Ulta's Black Friday Deals? Here's Everything You Need To Know (& Buy!)

    What Are Ulta's Black Friday Deals? Here's Everything You Need To Know (& Buy!)

    Beauty

    2 days

  • These Lucky Brand Jeans Are Crazy Flattering--Get A Pair On Sale For $29 (Down from $80!) Today Only

    These Lucky Brand Jeans Are Crazy Flattering--Get A Pair On Sale For $29 (Down from $80!) Today Only

    Style

    2 days

  • We're Giving Away 100 SKIN ACTIVE Tri-Therapy Lifting Serums From NeoStrata #SampleSaturday

    We're Giving Away 100 SKIN ACTIVE Tri-Therapy Lifting Serums From NeoStrata #SampleSaturday

    Beauty

    3 days

  • Weekend Project: Make Your Own Solid Perfume

    Weekend Project: Make Your Own Solid Perfume

    Beauty

    4 days

  • Serena Williams Just Got Married And Her Wedding Was Magical!

    Serena Williams Just Got Married And Her Wedding Was Magical!

    Celebrity

    4 days

  • These Are The Boots Every Editor Wants This Year

    These Are The Boots Every Editor Wants This Year

    Style

    4 days

  • These Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals On Urban Decay Makeup Are Too Good To Pass Up

    These Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals On Urban Decay Makeup Are Too Good To Pass Up

    Beauty

    4 days

  • Drop Everything: Sephora's Black Friday Deals Just Leaked & They're Amazing

    Drop Everything: Sephora's Black Friday Deals Just Leaked & They're Amazing

    Beauty

    4 days

  • Drop Everything And Get Yourself A Pair Of These Amazing Millennial Pink Booties On Sale At Nordstrom Right Now

    Drop Everything And Get Yourself A Pair Of These Amazing Millennial Pink Booties On Sale At Nordstrom Right Now

    Style

    4 days

  • These Are The Best Early Black Friday Sales You Can Shop Now

    These Are The Best Early Black Friday Sales You Can Shop Now

    Shop

    4 days

  • This Is The One Dress You Have To Buy Before Nordstrom's Fall Sale Ends

    This Is The One Dress You Have To Buy Before Nordstrom's Fall Sale Ends

    Shop

    4 days

  • The $6 Eye Cream With Incredible Reviews & Reputations

    The $6 Eye Cream With Incredible Reviews & Reputations

    Beauty

    4 days

  • Nordstrom Just Re-Stocked This Crazy Popular Scalloped Sweater--Order One ASAP Before It Sells Out (Again)

    Nordstrom Just Re-Stocked This Crazy Popular Scalloped Sweater--Order One ASAP Before It Sells Out (Again)

    Style

    4 days

  • This $39 Peacoat Is Selling Fast--Order Yours Before They're All Gone!

    This $39 Peacoat Is Selling Fast--Order Yours Before They're All Gone!

    Style

    4 days

  • Treat Yourself To A GUERLAIN Terracotta Bronzing Powder For Just $25.99 (Down From $53!)

    Treat Yourself To A GUERLAIN Terracotta Bronzing Powder For Just $25.99 (Down From $53!)

    Beauty

    4 days

  • When Is Giving Tuesday? 34 Great Gifts That Give Back From TOMS, Kiehl's, MAC & More

    When Is Giving Tuesday? 33 Great Gifts That Give Back

    Beauty

    5 days

  • What Is Halle Berry Wearing? She's Practically Naked!

    What Is Halle Berry Wearing? She's Practically Naked!

    Celebrity

    today

  • The One Drugstore Concealer You Should Stop Using, According to a Dermatologist

    The One Drugstore Concealer You Should Stop Using, According to a Dermatologist

    Beauty

    today

  • The One Anti-Aging Drugstore Product You Should Use To Look 10 Years Younger

    The One Anti-Aging Drugstore Product You Should Use To Look 10 Years Younger

    Beauty

    today

  • 5 Benefit They're Real Lengthening Mascara Dupes You Need Right Now

    5 Benefit They're Real Lengthening Mascara Dupes You Need Right Now

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Here Are The Best Dressed Celebs At The 2017 American Music Awards

    Here Are The Best Dressed Celebs At The 2017 American Music Awards

    Celebrity

    1 day

  • What Is Selena Gomez Wearing? She's Practically Naked!

    What Is Selena Gomez Wearing? She's Practically Naked!

    Celebrity

    1 day

  • The One Drugstore Perfecting Concealer You Should Use To Look 10 Years Younger

    The One Drugstore Perfecting Concealer You Should Use To Look 10 Years Younger

    Beauty

    1 day

  • 4 MAC Prep + Prime Setting Spray Dupes You Need to Try

    4 MAC Prep + Prime Setting Spray Dupes You Need to Try

    Beauty

    4 days

  • What is Jennifer Lopez Wearing?! She's Practically Naked!

    What is Jennifer Lopez Wearing?! She's Practically Naked!

    Celebrity

    4 days

  • 4 Beauty Products Jennifer Aniston Swears By To Look 10 Years Younger

    4 Beauty Products Jennifer Aniston Swears By To Look 10 Years Younger

    Beauty

    4 days

  • WHAT?! Gigi Hadid Won't Be Walking In The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show This Year

    WHAT?! Gigi Hadid Won't Be Walking In The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show This Year

    Celebrity

    4 days

  • Um, Did Kim Kardashian Not Realize She Forgot To Wear Pants On The Red Carpet?

    Um, Did Kim Kardashian Not Realize She Forgot To Wear Pants On The Red Carpet?

    Celebrity

    4 days

  • This Is The Best Haircut For Thinning Hair, According To A Celebrity Hair Stylist

    This Is The Best Haircut For Thinning Hair, According To A Celebrity Hair Stylist

    Beauty

    4 days

  • The One Drugstore Product You Should Never Use Before Working Out, According To A Celebrity Skincare Expert

    The One Drugstore Product You Should Never Use Before Working Out, According To A Celebrity Skincare Expert

    Beauty

    4 days

  • Drop Everything: These Are the Best Under-$15 Beauty Buys At Ulta Right Now

    Drop Everything: These Are the Best Under-$15 Beauty Buys At Ulta Right Now

    Beauty

    5 days

  • Stock Up On These Bestselling Black Leggings Under $20 Before They Sell Out

    Stock Up On These Bestselling Black Leggings Under $20 Before They Sell Out

    Style

    5 days

  • We Found The <em>Perfect</em> Black Leather Booties Under $60--At Nordstrom!

    We Found The Perfect Black Leather Booties Under $60--At Nordstrom!

    Style

    5 days

  • Drop Everything: Lord & Taylor's Amazing Black Friday Deals Start Right Now!

    Drop Everything: Lord & Taylor's Amazing Black Friday Deals Start Right Now!

    Style

    5 days

  • If You Hate Being Cold, You Need This Flattering Fleece Top From Nordstrom In Your Life (Bonus: It's On Sale!)

    If You Hate Being Cold, You Need This Flattering Fleece Top From Nordstrom In Your Life (Bonus: It's On Sale!)

    Style

    5 days

  • Um, Did Khloe Kardashian Not Realize She Forgot To Wear Pants On The Red Carpet?

    Um, Did Khloe Kardashian Not Realize She Forgot To Wear Pants On The Red Carpet?

    Celebrity

    5 days

  • What To Do, See And Eat In Southampton, New York During The Fall

    What To Do, See And Eat In Southampton, New York During The Fall

    Style

    5 days

  • 5 Friendsgiving Games That Will Keep Guests Laughing All Night Long

    5 Friendsgiving Games That Will Keep Guests Laughing All Night Long

    5 days