The best place to be right now is outdoors, and summer outdoors means one thing – a grill out. Who doesn’t love a seared tuna steak on the grill, a perfectly grilled steak, fresh seasonal veggies topped only with olive oil and salt? These are meals that memories are made of.
The Golden Rules of a Grill Out
Italians are famous for their summer grill-outs, which they call the “grigliata”. Though barbecuing is not the norm in the city, go to any country home and you will likely find a garden grill perfect for summer evening cookouts. The key to a delicious grill out is balance. Finding a healthy balance between the types and amount of meats, along with seasonal vegetables is key. And respecting their cooking times is even more important. If all of this is done well, there is no need for rich marinades or seasonings other than a bit of salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. Keep it simple and keep it clean. That’s when flavors truly shine through.
The same reasoning is true for wine. Let the bouquet and flavors of wine speak for themselves, and if you want to up the quality of your barbecue meal, try pairing some of the flavors in the wine to your meal.
Here are a few wines that are best for a grill out to remember.
Dogajolo Rosato I.G.T.
The fruity and floral aromas of a rosato wine make this a crowd-pleaser. This is an easy to drink wine and is perfect to start your grill out. It pairs perfectly with peppered dishes, a cheese starter, mild meats, and grilled fish. The color alone is worth every sip, and the light flavor may have you drinking this from the start to finish of the meal.
Dogajolo Toscano Bianco I.G.T.
Who doesn’t love a Chardonnay blend to accompany a summer meal? This is a popular wine whose non-aggressive flavors suit most any palate. It is perfect to pair with seafood and white meat and can easily be your main wine for a clean and healthy grill out.
Valcolomba Vermentino della Maremma Toscana DOC
Looking for something unmistakably reminiscent of Italian summer in a glass? This Vermentino is ideal for grilled fish and seafood-based dishes. You will feel like you’re along the coastline with every sip.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva – D.O.C.G.
If you are grilling a steak or similar red meats, try a dry, tannic and velvety red to accompany the juicy and smoky flavors from the grill. Summer is not only for whites. A crisp evening with a tannic wine and a perfectly grilled steak is a match made in summer heaven.