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The sun is shining, the days are long and the kiwi BBQ season is in full flight.

After a long day at the beach or an afternoon of BYC, there is nothing better than settling in for a glass of wine as the BBQ heats up.

From Burgers to Tofu we bring you the best wine matches for your favourite BBQ dish.


1. Burgers and Syrah

A crowd favourite, burgers are a BBQ staple perfectly matched with Syrah. With a fruity punch and a peppery edge, this red plays up the flavours of a variety of your favourite burgers, especially the much-loved beef burger. The flavours and aromas of the Cellar Selection Syrah make the perfect accompaniment to your favourite burger.

2. Sausages and Rosé

Sausages and Rose, an unexpected match made in BBQ heaven. Whether your favoured fare is pork, beef or even lamb, sausages match with the touch of sweetness, fruit and acidity in your favourite glass of Rose. The Cellar Selection Rose has a perfect weight and vibrant fruit for your summer sausage sizzle.

3. Lamb and Merlot

The land of the BBQ and millions of sheep, a kiwi BBQ classic has to be lamb. Pairing well with a variety of reds, Merlot is one of the front runners with its plum and black cherry flavours. Medium to full bodied, the Cellar Selection Merlot is a great choice for your BBQ lamb, from chops to a marinated leg you can’t go wrong.

4. Pork Chops and Pinot Noir

Succulent, savoury and hearty, no BBQ is complete without pork chops and a glass of Pinot Noir. Choose well-seasoned pork chops and match with a Pinot Noir with earthy spices and a long velvety finish. You can’t go wrong.

5. Prawns and Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is one of those versatile wines that matches almost any dish, but for something fresh and summery you can’t go past seafood. Prawns, offer a delicate flavour perfectly complimenting the crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Garlic prawns are an especially great choice and the palate cleansing finish on the wine gives you the perfect opportunity to make the most of this delicious seafood.

6. Ribs and Syrah

For the perfect BBQ soul mates look no further than ribs and Syrah. Both meaty and tender powerhouses they both love a good dose of spice. Kiwis love a well sauced rib and this only serves to enhance the floral, plummy fruit notes of your favourite Syrah. For a Syrah with gentle tannins that compliment the meaty richness of the ribs then you have a winner in the Cellar Selection.

7. Steak and Cabernet Sauvignon

A summer BBQ is never complete without steak and for this wine match, it is all about the reds with length and intensity. A Cabernet Sauvignon offers the tannins and balanced oak flavours of vanilla that go so well with steak. With a well-seasoned steak, you have the perfect complement to the soft tannins of the Cellar Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.

8. Grilled Chicken and Pinot Gris

Chicken kebabs are a staple on the kiwi BBQ. Although typically sold already pre skewered they are typically made from chicken breast which can get a bit dry on the grill. With a bit of garlic marinade and the charcoal flavours from the grill, chicken kebabs go exceptionally well with Pinot Gris. This food friendly, medium bodied wine has the perfect balance of citrus and acidity to bring out the marinade in the chicken

Wines for your BBQ


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