The beautiful season is upon us, bringing with it that of the grill. Here are a few tips for successful cooking, the BBQ, taking care to magnify the agreements with the wine.
Be aware that the perception of the wine reacts in function of the cooking. For the whites, and fish, if the meat is too cooked, it will lose its fat and its creaminess. We will then have the impression that the fish rolls in the mouth and as the wine takes up all the space. In contrast, if it is not quite cooked, the fish will dominate and the wine will have the air to pass incognito. For the beef and the red, the level of cooking is even more important. The more you cook meat, the less it will natural fat. However, without the natural fat of the meat, the wine will not stick to the taste buds. The fat is indeed as the vehicle for the taste coming from set the wine to the taste buds. It also helps soften the tannins in the wine. If your meat or fish does not have enough natural fat (the ostrich or the sole, for example), simply accompany it with a sauce, based on butter of preference. Here are five wines to try with your first grill.
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Castle Medley, Old Vines 2017, Costières de Nîmes
France 15 %
2.5 g/L BIO – | ★ ★ ★ | $$
SAQ Code : 12268231
Michel Gassier has always been a strong supporter of the Costières de Nîmes appellation d’origine contrôlée located in the south of the Côtes-du-rhône. It produces wines that are full, tasty and, above all, well-typed. From a vintage hot, this old-vines 2017 (grenache, syrah, mourvèdre) shows a nose rich and imposing of ripe fruit, pepper and licorice. It is full-bodied, warm and the tannins are polished. The finish is generous and of good length. Perfect with kabobs marinated.
Château Fougas, Cuvée Prestige 2016, Côtes de Bourg
France 12,5 %
1.5 g/L BIO – | ★★★1/2 | $$
SAQ Code : 10392896
A lot of fun with this bordeaux from one of the oldest properties of the appellation Côtes de Bourg. The 17 hectares of vines in one piece have been converted to organic farming in 2007 and biodynamic in 2010. From a great vintage, the merlot (75 %) and cabernet-sauvignon (25 %) give themselves in unison in a wine with classic perfumes of blackcurrant, gadelle and pencil. Texture smooth with tannins that are precise and elegant. Long finish on notes of red fruit and cedar.
Sumarroca, Tuvi 2019, Penedes
Spain, 12.5% of
1.2 g/L BIO – | ★★1/2 | $1/2
SAQ Code : 13574687
It is mostly known as the home of Catalan for its production of cava, but it also knows how to highlight its know-how in providing very good dry white at a great price and very correct. A heteroclite assembly dominated by the xarel-lo-lo (pronounced cha-rel-lo “) completed by the gewurztraminer, riesling and viognier. On the nose, it has the feel of spring as it wakes up : tones of flowers, muscat and citrus. The palate is full-bodied, saline and energetic. Simple, and awfully good with grilled sardines.
Cusumano, Angimbé 2019, Sicily
Italy 12,5 %
1.6 g/L | ★★1/2 | $1/2
SAQ Code : 11097101
Nice surprise that this wine-based insolia, a grape variety, sicilian intended in the past to the production of marsala, but today’s dry white strong scented. It adds a little bit of chardonnay, which brings roundness to the wine. Hints of peach, pear and nuts. Its simplicity is intended to drink, but he could easily sit at the table with a fatty fish such a salmon steak cooked on one.
Burg Ravensburg, Lochle Grosses Gewächs Pinot Noir 2014, Baden
Germany 13 %
2.2 g/L – ORGANIC| ★★★★ | $$$$
SAQ Code : 14212709
It ends with a madness. It was not only in Burgundy, where it produces good pinot noir. Evidence of this compelling grand cru (” Grosses Gewächs ” in German) that comes to us from the Baden region, in the south-west of Germany. With over 750 years of history, Burg Ravensburg is one of the oldest properties in the country. A pinot greedy, tender and of good density. Complex scents of cherry and spice. Expensive, but absolutely delicious.
★★★ Very good
More stars than dollar: is worth its price.
As many stars as dollars: worth its price.
Less stars than dollars: the wine is expensive.