Top Ten Wines For BBQ Season

If you’re anything like me, you’re firing up the BBQ this Canada Day long weekend, rain or shine!

Here’s my list of recent favorites and old faithfuls that I reach for when those coals get hot (all are available at BC Liquor Stores unless noted otherwise).


8th Generation, Pinot Meunier, Rose, Okanagan Valley, BC – $19.99 – available at VQA stores

An edible bouquet of sweet fruit with refreshing, balanced acidity. The perfect home-grown bottle to kick off afternoon festivities.

Lafond Roc Epine, Tavel, Rhone Valley, France – $22.99

An old faithful that has attended many a BBQ with me over the years. A dry, full bodied rose with red berry fruit and savory herbs – delicious with everything from summer berry salads to grilled fish or lamb kabobs.


Stoneboat Pinotage, Okanagan, BC – $25 – available at VQA stores

Spicy with smoked red meat flavors, black pepper and bright red berry fruit. The Maui Ribs are calling…

Elias Mora, Tinta do Toro, Toro, Spain- $19.99

Full bodied and mouth filling with notes of black cherry, plum, coffee and chocolate. Try this tasty Tempranillo with your richer red meats and game on the grill.

Jaboulet, Parallele 45, Cotes du Rhone, France – $18.99

A fruit driven red with loads of berry and plum flavors with a background of black pepper and herbs – lovely with lamb sausages.

Yalumba Organic Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia – $16.99

Unashamedly unbaked! Enjoy this pure and vibrant Shiraz with grilled poultry, red meat or pork.

Canta Perdices, Ribero del Duero, Spain, – $15.99 

Soft, silky and bursting with blueberry fruit. Enjoy this luscious Tempranillo with some charcuterie as the steaks are grilling.


Domaine de Sancet, Cotes de Gascogne, France, $11.99

You really can’t go wrong with this simply fruity and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. Throw some local Halibut and asparagus on the grill.

Terredora, Falanghina, Campagnia, Italy – $19.99

An ancient grape produced in a modern style – it’s rich and weighty with notes of satsuma orange and mango. I love this with grilled Ahi Tuna.

Road 13 Chenin Blanc – $25 – available at VQA stores

This BC favorite has honeyed fig and golden apple notes with a clean dry finish. BBQ pork tenderloin with apple chutney is a great match.

This post was written by @HintsofHawthorn. Tweet at Sommelier Emily Walker with all your wine-related questions.

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