Food Friendly Wines for Beginners
Summertime is grillin’ time! This 6-pack is made up of wines that go perfectly with whatever you’re barbecuing. It’s a crowd-pleaser in every sense of the term, because it includes one wine for every possible palate. There’s sweet, sassy, savory, zippy, fizzy, flat, refreshing, and of course … dry.
Even if you’re not planning a barbecue, this set is an ideal introduction to easy-drinking wines that are somewhat off the beaten path.
About the wines
REGION: Argentina | Mendoza | Uco Valley
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
- TASTING NOTE: Pearly pink with plenty of small bubbles. On the nose, it smells like springtime with floral notes that perfectly match a soft cherry flavor. On the palate is has a citrus profile and is full-bodied, a perfect combination between softness and low tannins.
- FOOD PAIRING: An ideal match for fish, such as ceviche, sushi or tiradito. It is also a perfect aperitif or mixed with fruity cocktails.
92 Points – Sommelier Journal (March/April 2021)
88 Points – Wine Spectator (June 2021)
88 Points –Vinous (June 2021)
REGION: Italy | Emilia-Romagna| Reggio Emilia
GRAPES: Salamino Lambrusco, Marani Lambrusco
TASTING NOTE: Bright ruby red wine with persistent bubbles, the wine shows delicate floral notes of violet leading to a luxuriously sweet, fresh, vivacious palate that is pleasantly harmonious.
FOOD PAIRING: An excellent pairing with fruit, dessert, and spicy pizza.
91 Points – Tasting Panel (March 2019)
89 Points – James Suckling (November 2019)
REGION: Italy | Piedmont
GRAPES: 100% Barbera
TASTING NOTE: Medium-bodied red wine that is robust with rich, ripe red fruit on the nose and an elegant palate.
FOOD PAIRING: Pairs well with chicken, mushrooms, pork and grilled or roasted red meats.
REGION: Chile | Colchagua Valley
GRAPES: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenère
TASTING NOTE: An expressive, perfumed nose featuring aromas of fresh red and black fruits, along with warm notes of red peppers, nutmeg, tobacco, and coffee. The palate is balanced with crisp, juicy fruit. The tannins are perfectly rounded and lend structure and volume to the wine’s long finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Highly recommended with stir-fried beef, pork chops, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops with Cabernet-mushroom sauce.
91 Points – James Suckling (May 2021)
REGION: Argentina | Mendoza
GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
TASTING NOTE: Fresh aromas of green apples and tropical fruit, with a balanced acidity that highlights the freshness.
PAIRING: Pairs well with salad, pasta, grilled fish, and vegetables.
92 Points – Wine&Spirits Magazine (June 2022)
REGION: Italy | Veneto
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Grigio
NOTE: Delicate aromas and a dry, crisp, vibrant texture featuring apple, pear, and stone fruit with hints of white flowers and almonds.
FOOD PAIRING: Fresh and crisp, impeccable with seafood, poultry, classic basil pesto, and delicate cheeses.