Wine and Beer Pairings for Grilled Foods

May 22, 2018

White wine and picnic table

Try these liquor pairings for Certified Angus Beef, Wagyu Beef Frankfurters, Pork Baby Back Ribs, and Bratwurst.

USDA Choice - Certified Angus Beef Burger – Alamos Malbec

Malbec is a great burger wine, with its velvety plum, blackberry, chocolate and earth. If you're thinking of adding in blue cheese, grilled onions, the works, you'll want a spicier wine with more robust flavor to stand up to the toppings like the Alamos Malbec which gives you full structure, firm tannins and a long finish.

Fresh Gourmet Wagyu Beef Frankfurters – Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

A fresh crisp Sauvignon Blanc such as Kendall Jackson has just the right amount of acid, citrus and tangy tropical aromatics to cut through the salty-spicy combo of a Beef Frank. The palate-cleansing finish delivers a light mineral quality alongside additional notes of fig and lime

USA Raised Pork Baby Back Ribs – 7 Deadly Zins-Zinfandel

Ribs normally take on a rich, smoky flavor and the medium bodied rich texture of 7 Deadly Zins is a perfect companion. Complex aromas of tart cherry, raspberry and caramel are wrapped in flavors of chocolate cake, vanilla oak spice, and plenty of wood smoke on this wine.

Gelson's Fresh Locally Made Bratwurst – North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner

Pilsner and brats are a classic pairing as the Pilsner allows the sweetness of the brats to shine but can also pair well to help offset a variety of spices. Named for the delicate engravings popularized by 19th century seafarers, Scrimshaw is a fresh tasting Pilsner brewed in the finest European tradition using Munich malt and Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. Scrimshaw has a subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish.

Pairings provided by Raymond Brych, Gelson's Category Manager & Buyer for Wine, Beer & Spirits.