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The Best Drinks for your BBQ

Category: Wine Pairing

The Best Drinks for your BBQ

In short:

As the sun shines, the sound of sizzle and smoky aromas fill the air, it’s hard to resist the long awaited barbecue. But while the focus often falls on choosing the perfect cuts of meat or selecting the ideal marinade, one element that shouldn't be overlooked is your wine and drinks selection.

Whether you're grilling up burgers, ribs, or veggies, the right pairings can make all the difference – giving you the edge on the neighbourhood barbecue circuit and elevating your dishes to new heights. Here are a few of our fail-safe rules for choosing the perfect bottle for your barbie:

Zesty white wines for refreshment:
When the sun is shining and temperatures are rising, nothing refreshes quite like a crisp white wine. Opt for varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño, known for their vibrant acidity and citrus notes. These wines cut through the richness of grilled seafood, chicken, or salads, cleansing the palate between bites. Their lively character provides a refreshing contrast to smoky flavours, making them an excellent choice for warm-weather BBQs.

Lighter red wines for versatility:
Light-bodied red wines offer a versatile pairing option for a variety of grilled dishes. Pinot Noir, Gamay and Grenache are excellent choices, with their bright fruit flavours and soft tannins. These wines complement everything from grilled salmon to pork chops, enhancing the natural flavours without overpowering them. Their versatility makes them a go-to option for mixed grills or when catering to diverse palates.

Big, bold red wines for intensity:
For heartier foods like steak, ribs, or burgers, turn to bold red wines to match the intensity of the flavours. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Malbec are classic choices, prized for their rich fruit, robust structure, and savoury undertones. These wines will stand up to the bold flavours of grilled meats, providing a satisfying pairing that's sure to impress. Look for options with well-integrated tannins and a lingering finish to complement the charred notes from the grill.

Rosé for long afternoons:
Rosé is the ultimate BBQ companion, offering the best of both worlds with its refreshing acidity and vibrant fruit flavours. From pale Provence styles to deeper-hued expressions, there's a rosé to suit every taste preference. Its versatility makes it an excellent choice for pairing with a range of grilled dishes, from shrimp skewers to marinated chicken.

Sparkling Wine to celebrate the season:
No barbecue is complete without a touch of sparkle, adding an extra layer of festivity to any outdoor gathering. Whether it's Champagne, English Sparkling Wine, Prosecco or Cava, the bubbles and acidity of these wines cut through rich and fatty foods, perfect for charcuterie or desserts.

When it comes to pairing wines with your barbecue, focus on the overall style rather than specific labels. Consider the flavours and intensity of your grilled dishes, and choose wines that complement and enhance those characteristics. Whether you prefer zesty whites, light reds, bold reds, rosé, or sparkling wine, fire up the grill, uncork your favourite bottle and enjoy those long summer days with friends and family.


Here are some of our current favourite pairings, let us know if you try them!

Pair with Beef Burgers

Two Hands 'Tenacity' Old Vine Shiraz 2021/22, Australia

Quality is at the heart of this wine. The producers only source from the finest growers who farm from some of the oldest vines in the world to concentrate the flavours. If you like a full-throttle Australian Shiraz, you're in for a treat. Its intensity and richness mean it’ll complement hearty dishes like beef burgers.

Pagos del Rey ‘409’ Ribera del Duero

The wine was aged in oak for 409 days, hence its name, followed by several months in bottle. All that attention to detail has paid off – the 2020 vintage was awarded an excellent 92 points from top critic James Suckling. Its supple tannins and long, savoury finish make it an excellent match for red meats.

Pair with Lamb

Château Batailley 'Lions de Batailley' Pauillac

This is the second wine of Château Batailley, one of the oldest estates in the Médoc, which gained a great reputation when it was recognised in the prestigious 1855 Bordeaux Classification as a Fifth Growth. Expect intense flavour, great structure and ripe tannins make this a perfect pairing for lamb.

Araldica Barolo

Nothing elevates a BBQ like Barolo. It’s Piedmont’s most famous wine region and renowned for producing Italy’s finest reds from Nebbiolo. This wine is mature, serious and savoury. The perfect accompaniment to red meats with fat to cut through the tannins.

Pair with Sausages

Quinta do Portal 'Mural' Reserva Tinto, Douro

With a rich winemaking history dating back to 1881, Quinta do Portal is a “boutique” family winery known for its premium Douro wines. Its concentrated flavours and firm structure makes it the perfect wine to enjoy with meat dishes and hard cheeses.

Sharp's Doom Bar 8x500ml Bottles

Doom Bar takes its name from the treacherous sandbank that lies on the Cornish coast. This balanced and moreish ale is a deep amber in colour, made by an award-winning brewing team. It’s great with seafood and pork.

Pair with Seafood and Salads

Mythral Rosé, Côtes de Provence

An exclusive blend created by Majestic’s rosé buyer, Matt Fowkes and winemaker Noémie Delavigne. Mythral plays homage to the fable of the dragon of Provence, ‘La Coulobre’. The name ‘Mythral’ is an ode to both the myth of this dragon and the Mistral wind that blows through the Provence region.

Domaine de la Tourmaline ‘Sur Lie’ Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine

The Gadais family has been producing high quality Muscadet for five generations, so it’s no surprise that their wines have gained international recognition. This expression is made with 30-year-old vines, and it’s spent time on texture-building lees – indicated by the phrase ‘sur lie’ on the label. Its rich texture and mineral finish makes it a perfect accompaniment to seafood and shellfish.

Pair with Chicken

Collovray & Terrier 'Reserve' Saint Véran

This is delicious proof that Saint Véran remains one of the best value communes in Burgundy. This is aged for six months on lees in both oak and steel tanks to give it beautiful structure and richness that pairs excellently with chicken.

Chosen By Majestic Greek White, Peloponnese

Founded in 1952, Kintonis Winery is now in its third generation of winemakers who studied Chemistry and Oenology at university. The state-of-the-art equipment in the winery is among the most modern in Greece.  This crisp and refreshing blend of Malagousia, Roditis and Assyrtiko come from high-altitude vineyards.

Pair with Vegetarian Dishes

The Ned ‘Skyscraper’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

A bold single-vineyard Sauvignon from award-winning winemaker, Brent Marris. Lively aromas of grapefruit, apple and stone fruits are balanced by a wet-stone minerality, crisp acidity and a long finish. Try it with veggie quiche.

La Toledana Gavi di Gavi

La Toledana first planted the Cortese grapes 400 years ago. Today, Gavi di Gavi is a true Italian classic and often called the ‘Chablis of Italy’. It's fantastic with pesto and vegetable dishes.

Pair with Spicy Dishes

Luis Felipe Edwards 'Signature Series' Viognier Reserva

From the first name in Chilean winemaking, this Reserva spends just two months in oak to add richness but retain maximum freshness. Viognier’s full, fruity flavour compliments spice perfectly. So pair this with your favourite spicy Asian dish.

Singha Premium Lager 24x330ml Bottles

Thailand's most popular beer. It’s famed for its rich, full-bodied character and intense, malty flavours. The bitterness will cut through spicy dishes but also pairs well with seafood.