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What to have with BBQ? [Moved from Spirits and Wine boards]

[NOTE: Since this thread is covering a range of alcoholic beverages, we've moved it to the General Topics board, where food in general is discussed]

Well, I'm not sure if this is going to be the right board, because the board may depend on your answers, but here goes nothin'!

As some of you might know, my fiance and I are having our wedding reception on Oct. 1st. It started out as a really casual fare, and then me being me, I started getting carried away and planning too much. To make a long story short, we've decided to go back to our roots and have barbeque catered in. Originally, I had wanted to get a case of wine from British Columbia (where we are honeymooning) to serve with light appetizers and mostly desserts. But, now that we're doing barbeque, I'm not sure what to do. I would not mind at all drinking wine with the barbeque, but I understand that it's not really a traditional pairing, and I do want to make sure that people will drink whatever we have. I don't like beer, and I am afraid you'll say that that's the only great pairing. So, what do you suggest for the alcohol at the reception? (We're planning on water and cold apple cider for the non-alcoholic drinks.) Thanks for any help!

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    1. Anything a little more "Grandma-friendly?!" ;-)

      1. Barbeque pairs very well with big, bold, ripe red wines.

        Think Barolo, Amarone, Australian Shiraz.

        For granny-friendly white wines, go with something rich, oaky or even slightly sweet.

        Consider Greco di Tufo, Pinot Gris, Gerwurtztraminer (especially if you can get Navarro).

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        1. re: bogie

          I adore Gerwurtraminers, so this may just end up being the best option after all... I'm sure some people will drink no matter what we serve!

        2. How would Grandma feel about Southern Comfort? I can't stand the stuff myself, but it's sweet, and significantly lower proof than bourbon or Tennessee whiskey, which really are the only spirits that I can imagine drinking with barbecue.

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          1. re: olfashiond

            Maybe I *am* on the wrong board? I was hoping for more mixed drink options or perhaps "punch-type" suggestions.

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