The best wines for barbecues.

We have recently teamed up with Worth Brothers Wines, who are going to be giving us lots of advice and tips on great wines and offering us quality wines at great prices delivered direct to your door.

Worth Brothers Wine are an independent wine merchants. It is a family business owned and run by Tim, Richard, Michelle and Monique Worth. They are based in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Richard and Monique run the Lichfield shop in Staffordshire which opened in 2005 and Tim and Michelle run the Kirk Langley shop in Derbyshire, which opened in 2010.

They stock hundreds of wines to suit all budgets and tastes and specialise in wines from smaller, award winning vineyards. They supply individual and wholesale customers.

It can be tricky to know what wine is best suited to which foods, many wine reviews don’t tell you how wine tastes with food, but most of the time people don’t drink wine all by itself. Even if you’re having a cheeky glass in the afternoon the chances are you are having nibbles.

As this is our first post we thought we’d start with classic barbecue food; burgers, steak and chicken. Here is Tim’s general guide to what wines work well with these foods:  


For burgers/steak try any of the following red wines:  

-          Argentina – Malbec

-          Australia – Grenache, Shiraz

-          France – Languedoc

-          Italy – Aglianico, Nebbiolo, Nero d’ Avola, Primitivo

-          Portugal – Barraida, Dao, Douro

-          South Africa – Pinotage

-          Spain – Garnacha, Monastrell


For chicken, served with salad (not gravy) the following wines work well:

-          Chardonnay

-          Pinot Gris

-          Viognier

-          Chilled red – Beaujolais, Cabernet Franc, Light Pinot Noir


Tim has put together a case of lovely wines, 3 reds, 3 whites that he thinks will go down a treat with burgers/steaks or chicken.

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The red wines sound wonderful, here are Tim’s descriptions:

(ARG) Tesoro de los Andes Malbec Bonarda, Mendoza 

The nose offers an appealing, mixed spice, bramble fruit bomb followed by dark, damson and savoury overtones on the palate with a smooth and rounded finish.

(ITACa' di Ponti Nero d'Avola

A deeply coloured, medium-bodied, spicy red with aromas of ripe plum and black cherry. The palate combines warm, juicy red fruit flavours with savoury, lightly smoky characters, a hint of bitter chocolate and nip of tannin on the finish.

(POR) Aliança Bairrada Reserva

Aromas of ripe berry and plum fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, dark fruit and warming spicy characters.

And now for the White Wines

(AUS) The Rude Mechanicals 'Ephemera', New South Wales

On the nose there are the honeysuckle and orange-blossom signatures of Viognier with background fragrances of spice and ripe pear from the Pinot Gris. The fruit is tight and elegant with a crystalline quality. Poised and precise with hints of lemongrass and fresh ginger, the wine is bright and fine but has depth and a fresh, long finish.

(FRA) Mont Rocher, Viognier, Vieilles Vignes, IGP Pays d'Oc

A haunting honeysuckle and apricot aroma and rich, almost unctuous palate that is somehow still dry, tangy and refreshing

(FRA) Montsablé Chardonnay, IGP Pays d'Oc, Languedoc

This classic Burgundian variety has been produced in the sunny climate of Languedoc in the south of France. Although much warmer than the cool climate of the Côte d'Or great care has been taken to ensure that it is every bit as elegant. A bright yellow gold hue and seductive scents of blossom and cinnamon spice. A remarkable melange of pears, peach, honey toffee, cream and vanilla (from a short spell of oak ageing) on the palate. Beautifully balanced with ripeness, acidity, length and real structure. A very classy Chardonnay

This case of wines is £65 including delivery. To order:

Telephone 01332 825704 or 

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We hope you find these tips useful and inspire you to try some of these wines. But do remember there are no rights or wrongs when it comes to food pairing and the wines you like, if you like sweet white wine with steak, why not? Rules are meant to be broken aren’t they – enjoy!

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