Wine & Beer for Barbecues

If you’ve ever noticed that drinks taste differently with food, then read on. Food can have a big impact on your enjoyment of wine and beer.  While the modern approach is that you can drink whatever you like with whatever you’re eating, it can be worthwhile pairing food and wine and matching food and beer.  The right matches are fantastic.

Take barbecues… These often have strong flavours, from marinades and relish, wood-smoke, not to mention flavoursome fresh salads. We can find clues if we look at the kings of grilling and what they drink - the Australians, South Africans and Argentineans.  The intensity of fruit in their wines holds up to strong flavours, but equally, Languedoc and Spanish reds can be very fruit-forward too.  

Juicy barbecued steak is best served up with hearty wines like Shiraz, Malbec and Pinotage, matching its weight and flavour.   Weightier beers like brown ales, stouts and porters are good recommendations too. 

Simple plain sausages and chicken are great with medium-bodied reds like Merlot, Valpolicella and inexpensive Spanish red wines.  Spicy, specialty or caramelised sausages scream out for German beers and Black IPAs.  They are also great with spicy-flavoured wines - either Shiraz or Languedoc reds.    

For light chicken and cold salad dishes, a blond beer, or wit bier can be very refreshing.  Marinated and smoky or spicy chicken would work well with a spicy red (as above), an oaky new World Chardonnay or a round, rich Pinot Gris. Lagers are generally good all-rounders too.

You’ll need a robust Rosé to stand up to most barbecue dishes – go to the New World or Spain.   Alternatively, if you’ve added some spice rub to meat, pair with a medium sweet Rosé to tame the heat.

Price is a big consideration in planning barbecues, as we tend to linger and drink a bit more than usual.  As always, Molloys have a great selection of offers, at all different price points.

Hungry?  Light that barbie now!

  • MWC Pinot Gris is several notches above your standard Pinot Grigio in terms of flavour. Relatively rich mouthfeel, with tropical fruit and a hint of sweet spice on the finish.
  • Aimee’s Garden Pink Moscato -  deliciously sweet, with plenty of red summer fruit. Great with strawberry dessert or mildly spicy prawns or chicken.  
  • Butterfly Tree Pinotage has gorgeous smoky, toasty notes which really bring smoky meat flavours to life. Perfect for burgers and sausages.
  • MWC Shiraz Mourvedre - a great all-rounder to enjoy with steaks, burgers, chicken, sausage or lamb. Trust the Aussies!  
  • D’A Malbec is one of our most popular wines. This French Malbec is bursting with dense black cherry and earthy, liquorice character. Perfect for steak.
  • Schneider Weiss - a wonderful wheat beer, with a complex, malty style and banana, lemon and clove flavours.
  • Kinsale Black IPA - complex hoppy fruity flavours and aromas mixed with roast bitter chocolate and coffee tones. Low carbonation for a smooth stout-like finish – perfect for gobbling down onion-laded burgers and chargrilled sausages.
  • Jack Cody’s Black Jack is easy-drinking cream stout which is light on hops. Great with steaks.


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