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BBQ Wines - Let's Discover the Best - BYOB or just Taste

Time for an old favorite!  Wine, in all its variety obviously pairs to an immense array of food, but a really fascinating (and tasty!) dish for pairing is good ole fashioned southern barbeque.  BBQ wines can be all over the map, and a lot of the best wines for pairing also tend to be huge crowd pleasers and beloved in their own right.  So even if you aren’t a BBQ fan, there will be wine here that I’m sure you will enjoy on its own merits!  In this tasting, I will be bringing pulled pork with a bbq sauce.  Since I spent part of my formative years in Charlotte, NC, pulled pork is my go-to.  There has been a big movement to find the best wines to go with this dish, and many different varieties have emerged in both the red and white world that are wonderful.  Let’s have our own tasting and discover what wine is king of the pit.

This tasting will be open to different varietals and blends, and I encourage you to look up blogs and guides if you really want to find that perfect wine.  Good starting points would be Syrah, Barbera d’Alba, Zindfandel, and Rieslings, but this is by no means a comprehensive list, and many other wines have great pairing potential, so don’t feel obligated to bring just one of these 4 styles.  Be creative!

The tasting will be blind, but like our open red tasting, I will arrange the bottles in order relative to the other bottles so we don’t end up drowning out more delicate wines with the bigger ones.  Beyond this our normal system of tasting applies, and we will rate to try and discover the best BBQ wine! 

I am really looking forward to a night of BBQ wines!  Come join us!

$5 if you bring a bottle $15 to just taste.

We will put the fees in a pot and the winner (whoever brings the best rated bottle will take home the pot (Minus food expense). Blind Tasting. If we get 20 people to show, the after expense pot should be at least $80, Last week the winner took home $50.

This is going to be a BBQ driven event, and there will be enough BBQ for a small sampling dish (with sauce!), but less in the way of our other normal foods, so I encourage you to grab a snack or dinner beforehand.


Think you know BBQ wines?  Bring a bottle and let's find out.

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  • Dan M.

    Hey everyone! Great night eating BBQ and drinking some spectacular wines!

    The results:
    1st place: Craig brought a Zerba Wild Z 2011, which he got for $18 from Liner and Elsen

    2nd place: Arlene brought a Milbrandt 2011 Primitivo, which she got through a club membership. This wine retails for ~$25

    3rd Place: Paul brought a 2012 El Campeador Jumilla, which he got for ~$17 from Zagat wines.

    There was another 3rd place tie, however the bottle was grabbed before I got a chance to photograph it. If you grabbed it, could you leave a comment about what it was? Thanks!

    1 · August 27, 2014

  • Paul

    Another fun wine tasting. Thanks again to Dan for putting the time and energy into the evening's activities.

    1 · August 27, 2014

  • Rebecca

    Love too, but after an epic week of vacation i.e imbibing at The Cove and Jack Johnson ... the girls decided to "Save a Liver" tonight! See you next one!!!

    August 26, 2014

  • Jeanne

    I am sorry I can not make it tonight ... I will not get back from work in time.

    August 26, 2014

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