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Wine Pairing for BBQ

Hi -

I am hosting a semi-formal wedding rehearsal dinner with a BBQ theme - pulled pork, pulled chicken, and several sides. I will be serving a couple of types of beer as well as several non-alcoholic drinks. Several attendees prefer wine over beer. Does anyone have any suggestions on wines that go well with BBQ? I hope to not exceed ~ $10/bottle.

Thanks.
Mr. BT.

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    1. Hm-m, US $ 10 per bottle, eh?

      I have zero recs, as even the lower-end Zinfandels that I pair with BBQ are in the US $ 16 - 18 range.

      Good luck,

      Hunt

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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        If the OP is intent on keeping to around $10 (I don't think even these are under $10) perhaps Rancho Zabaco or Dancing Bull? I'm not recommending them as great wines, but they're not bad with a pulled pork sandwich.

        My favorite bbq wines are red blends like Cotes du Rhone or Cali blends with Zin included. The only Roses I can imagine bold enough to stand up to bbq would be Bandols.

      2. Similar to maria lorraine, my thoughts go to rose. But your guests are probably thinking red. In that case, Bill Hunt is on the right track with zinfandel -- tends to go well with the flavor profile of many sauce components. So if your source can find one in your price range, go that route.

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        1. re: Brad Ballinger

          Thanks for the replies. I was informed by my better half that I was being too stingy with my $10 price range, so if price wasn't an issue, what are everyone's recommendations?

          Mr. BT

          1. re: MrBigTime

            I would just do something like Ravenswood Vintner's Blend or Cline California Zin. But, then again, I'd be drinking beer with my BBQ.

            1. re: Brad Ballinger

              I will also be drinking beer with my BBQ!

            2. re: MrBigTime

              The link I gave above has prices at $15, if that helps.

              1. re: MrBigTime

                OK, and without breaking the bank, maybe try: Peachy Canyon Zin (their Incredible Red is lower price, but is not THAT full-bodied, and for most BBQ, you do need body), the lower-end Rosenblum Zins (there is a cuvée, that is pretty nice, at the lowest end of their portfolio), and even the Ravenswood Vintner's Blend.

                Now, if you could look to the US $25 - 35 Zins, then the world opens up to you, including some Turley's, some Biale's, and a few others. Personally, at the lower-end of that group, I like the Picchetti, but it's rather limited in distribution, out of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Another, though at the upper-end of that spectrum, is Benovia, but again, limited distribution.

                Most of all, enjoy,

                Hunt

                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  Have you had a low end Rosenblum recently? Since they were bought up, their vintner's cuvee has become merde. Being discounted to around 6 or 7 dollars a bottle. I think stuff like County Fair from TJs is much superior. Or perhaps a Castle Rock bottling.

                  1. re: Ed Dibble

                    I have to admit that it HAS been some years. How have the Single Vineyard Rosenblums been affected? I know that I saw a major decline with Ravenswood, and their Single Vineyard offerings, though Joel Peterson was still "at the helm," and their Vintner's Blend (that does not sound correct, so I need to check) stayed about the same.

                    Corporate buyouts can be just fine, or can be horrible. It just depends.

                    Personally, I am a big fan of Turley, Biale and Picchetti, for my Zins.

                    Hunt

                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      I figured you hadn't had the vintner's cuvee recently, so as a vinous bottom feeder, I thought I needed to comment. I like Turley Ridge and Dusi, on those rare occasions when I splurge. I used to love the Rosemblum single vinyard stuff (on those rare occasion . . .), but the vintner's cuvee these days, not so much

                      1. re: Ed Dibble

                        As corporations buy out vintners, I find it hard to keep up.

                        Once, Ravenswood held a big spot in my heart, and Joel Peterson was doing some really good things, for the price-point. Then, he sold out, some sources changed, and so did many wines. Stuff happens.

                        Will pick up the Rosenblum Cuvee, to see how that has changed, though it sounds as though I will not be happy.

                        Thank you,

                        Hunt

                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                          Let me know if I'm wrong, but my last bottle was well below what used to be available from Rosenblum. Last time I was at a TJs, it was priced very inexpensive, and a local supermarket here is closing it out at discount.

                          1. re: Ed Dibble

                            It HAS been awhile, so things might well have changed. Will see what Rosenblums I have locally, and will post TN's.

                            Hunt

            3. Coppola's "Rosso" and "Bianco" blends come to mind. OK with strong flavored food, and a respectable label.... it may even introduce people to Coppola's higher -end offerings.

              They're $10-$12 even here in benighted Pennsylvania.

              1. The Prisoner if money is no object also Rombauer 2009 Zinfandel

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                1. re: phamus

                  Ah, yes. Orin Swift does do some really good wines. The Prisoner (and his Papillion) are big hits.

                  Hunt