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6 Perfect BBQ Champagne & Wine Pairings

Discover the best wine to go with BBQ dishes, as well as whisky and champagne pairings too. Our guide to six perfect BBQ pairings will have you set for a summer outdoors.


Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2019 with Soy Grilled Mushrooms

Lamb and pinot noir are ideal partners, but if meat isn’t your thing, then go for umami-rich mushrooms marinated in soy sauce and flash grilled. The light tannins of Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2019, along with its juicy red-fruit flavours, work in perfect harmony with the smoky earthiness of the mushrooms and the tang of the soy sauce. This is an unusual yet complementary red wine and BBQ pairing.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2020 with Salad or Vegetables

If you’re hosting a BBQ, it can be easy to overlook the sides and salads, but these dishes are just as important to get right. “In the summertime, there’s going to be an abundance of fresh tomatoes and greens, and it’s useful to consider what wines you would want to drink with those ingredients,” says Jim White, technical director at Cloudy Bay. “Personally, I’m a huge fan of white wine for a BBQ, particularly Sauvignon Blanc 2020 with fresh grilled asparagus.” Serve asparagus raw and thinly sliced in a salad or simply grilled and drizzled with olive oil.

Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial with Barbecued Rib-Eye Steak

A soft, tender rib-eye steak is matched by the crunchy red-fruit flavours of Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial, while its fine bubbles and balanced acidity help to slice through the richness of the meat. Serve this BBQ wine pairing with lightly charred vegetables or a fresh green salad with a sharp balsamic dressing.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label with Grilled Scallops

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut is full bodied yet fresh, with a streak of minerality that pairs perfectly with seafood. For something a little different, try grilling some plump scallops on the BBQ. Just two minutes on each side is enough, and once they’re ready, drizzle with a citrussy sauce to complement the robust acidity of the champagne.

Ardbeg An Oa with Pork Ribs

If you’re looking for wow factor, marinating and smoking some pork ribs and pairing them with a dram or two of Ardbeg An Oa should do the trick. This smooth whisky has flavours of chocolate, toffee and smoked spices that complement the charred caramel flavour of the pork perfectly. Serve alongside brioche buns, a slaw and some chargrilled baby gem lettuce.

Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2018 with Grilled Chicken or Quail

A complex and layered malbec is an ideal wine paring for grilled chicken, and the aromas of cherry and plum from the Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2018 works perfectly. While you might not naturally select a red wine with BBQ chicken, its dark and spicy nature brings out the smoky flavours in the dish.