The Best Wine Pairings for Grilled Food

The Best Wine Pairings for Grilled Food

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April 13 2021


A well-paired wine can make any meal more memorable. Learn how to complement your grilling with red wine, white wine, and rosés with help from the Wine & Spirits experts at Hy-Vee.

  1. REDS

    Lighter bodied red wines, like Pinot Noir, are prized as sipping wines but can also work well with lighter fare like turkey or pork.

    Medium bodied reds, such as Malbec or Merlot, are extremely versatile and will match a variety of foods.

    Fuller bodied reds, like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, can be bold and rich. They pair well with beef or lamb.

  2. Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

    An approachable blend with aromas of rich, dark fruits and baking spices, pair Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon with smoked meats and hard cheeses.

  3. Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon

    Pair the Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon berry and spice flavors with steak and bold cheese.

  4. Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

    The velvety tannins of Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon go well with steak, lamb, and roasts.

  5. Meiomi Pinot Noir

    Meiomi Pinot Noir is aged for 6 months in French oak barrels, creating notes of berries and toasted mocha. Try it with brats and pork chops.


    Light, crisp, and dry whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio are perfect for seafood and salads.

    Fuller bodied whites, like Viognier and Chardonnay, are great for pairing with poultry and pork.

    Sweeter whites, like most Rieslings and Moscato d'Asti, work well with fruity desserts like grilled peaches.

  7. Joel Gott Pinot Gris

    The subtle tropical flavors of Joel Gott Pinot Gris go well with poultry, shrimp, and salads.

  8. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough is fresh and juicy with ripe fruit flavors. Sip it alongside grilled fish, veggies, and salad.

  9. Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay

    The citrus notes of Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay will bring out the flavors of your grilled chicken, turkey, and salmon.

  10. Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay

    As you enjoy your chicken, lobster, and cream sauces, taste the creamy peach and pear flavors of this white wine.

  11. ROSÉS

    Rosé wines can be sweet or dry, still or sparkling. 

    Tavel rosé is a dried style but fuller bodied and a great match for slightly bolder food pairings. 

    Sweeter styles, like White Zinfandel or Pink Moscato, appeal to the sweet tooth.

  12. Apothic Rosé

    With notes of strawberry and raspberry, this wine is best enjoyed with tuna, salmon, and poultry.

  13. Gerard Bertrand Cote de Rosé

    This wine's fresh flower aromas go great with fresh cheeses, salads, and seafood.