Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

Six Wine Picks for Summer Grilling

Along with the bright rays of the summer sun come the hard-to-turn-down opportunities to spend every minute possible outside. When the weather gets warm, I turn to al fresco everything, from reading in the hammock to Sunday mornings sipping iced coffee with pals on patios. That means cooking outside too — who can say no to quick, flavorful meals from the grill? Whether you’re invited to a friend’s backyard barbeque or you’re hosting a yard party of your own, it’s helpful to know what wines to pair with certain grilled foods so you know what to bring and what to serve. Turn to our Top Ten Wines for Summer. They’re top-notch picks at easy-to-swallow prices (all are under $20 a bottle!), so it’s easy to stock up and be set for grilling and sipping all summer long! Here are some of our favorite wine pairings for grilled foods. If you’re grilling burgers…

Try Columbia Winery Merlot, an “under the radar” wine from Washington state by a winery began in 1962 by 10 friends, 6 of which were professors at University of Washington.

  • Flavor: lively, complex plum and oak
  • Palate: firm but supple
  • Other pairings include: chili, cured meats, Eggplant Parmesan, Eggplant Bolognese and Parrano, an aged cheese from Holland with a nutty, salty flavor

If you’re grilling squid…

Try Kyklos Moschofilero, a new-world-style Greek wine made from some of the world’s oldest grape varieties

  • Flavor: peach, white pepper, fresh vegetable notes
  • Palate: zingy, pleasant finish
  • Other pairings include: oysters, orzo salad with feta, salted almonds, Calamari Pasta and Mahón, a raw cow’s milk cheese with a gently sharp, long, sweet finish

If you’re grilling fajitas…

Try Tormaresca Neprica, a blend of three grapes grown in the Puglia region of Italy. The word “Neprica” in the name is a portmanteau of the grapes’ names; Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet.

  • Flavor: rich, ripe red fruits, black raspberry
  • Palate: smooth and structured
  • Other pairings include: olive tapenade, pepper steak, Skillet Fajitas with Jicama Salsa and Drunken Goat, a Spanish goat cheese cured for a few days in a regional red wine

If you’re barbequing… Try Bubo Cabernet Sauvignon or Pallas Tempranillo by Jorge Ordóñez

Bubo Cabernet Sauvignon is a crowd-pleasing Cabernet at a wise price … "bubo" is Latin for owl, after all!

  • Flavor: plums, black cherry, black currant
  • Palate: medium- to full-bodied, smooth finish
  • Other pairings include: Grilled Vegetable Pizza, lasagna and Grafton Classic Reserve Cheddar Aged 2 Years, a Vermont cheddar with a lingering acidic finish that brings out hints of black currant in the wine

Pallas Tempranillo by Jorge Ordóñez is made from a blend of grapes from vineyards in La Mancha and brought to us by one of the most influential Spanish winemakers in the world.

  • Flavor: fresh, spicy, vibrant blueberry, rhubarb
  • Palate: lip-smacking, full-bodied
  • Other pairings include: paella, Spanish chorizo or merguez, most grilled meats, Spanish Chickpeas and Chorizo and Solé Gran Queso, a buttery cheese from Wisconsin that is hand-rubbed with spices

If you’re grilling salmon…

Try Vinum Cellars Pinot Noir, from a very small producer that includes a former Whole Foods Market Team Member!

  • Flavor: ripe cherries, coffee, earthy, oaky
  • Palate: full-bodied, gentle tannins
  • Other pairings include: lamb chops, pork loin with fruit, Firecracker Grilled Salmon and Borough Market Cheddar, a complex English clothbound cheddar

And of course, if you’re grilling any of the above … well, invite me over! I’ll make sure to bring the appropriate wine.

What do you plan on grilling this summer?

Leave a reply

To provide feedback or ask a question about our company, a store or a product, please visit our Customer Service page.

For more information about posting comments to our blog, please see our Comment Posting Guidelines.



linda says …

next time could you include some organic wines. Thank you;];]

Susan says …

@nancy wilkinson Nancy, I'm a vegetarian and find New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are delicious with veggies. My personal favorite is Cloudy Bay, but Kim Crawford is a very close second and less expensive. I have found both at my Whole Foods.

Megan says …

@Mary Our selection varies by region and store, so your best bet is to call the West Hartford store to check! Their number is 860.523.8500, or you can use their <a href="http://wholefoodsmarket.com/company/contact_direct.php?tlc=WHF" rel="nofollow">store contact form</a>.

Mary says …

Do you carry these wines in your Hartford store?

nancy wilkinson says …

Hi-love to grill veggies and all kind of seafood-only drink champagne-can u suggest a few that is friendly to the palette and goes well with veggies-fruit-seafood?-thank u!

WBC says …

Picked up all of these tonight. Had the Bubo first..... great wine. Then tried toe Tormaresca, and it's hands down fabulous. There's a reason these are on the list. Can't wait to try the others.

Dawn Kilgore says …

Do you carry Hornsby's Cider?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DAWN - Our products vary between locations so I would encourage you to check with your local store to see what they have in stock. You can find their contact info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Patrick says …

Excellent picks! The price on these wines is perfect. It's not too late to take advantage of these nice grill wines for October in NY! Patrick www.winepine.com

Alana says …

I heard there is a wine tasting event/happening at your store on Wed. Nov. 7th. Is this correct? I wanted to make sure.

Megan says …

@ALANA - Please check with your local store for events. Not all of our stores sell wine, and events vary by region and store. Thanks!

f. gladden says …

Do you carry RIONDO PROSECCO at your 100st store.

Greg says …

Do you have a Corte Riva Red Wine in your stock?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@GREG - Our wine options vary between store locations and regions. I would suggest reaching out to your local store to see what they have in stock. You can find their contact info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@F. GLADDEN - Our product vary between store locations so I would suggest reaching out to that store specifically. You can find their contact info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

surrel says …

Do you still carry the Three Wishes wines - the carbernet sauvignon and the chardonay?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SURREL - Our products vary between locations so check with your local store to see if they still have this product in stock. You can find a list of contact info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Susan Pallas says …

I love your Pallas Tempranillo wine and can't find it in any of your stores. I live in Antioch, CA and usually shop at your Walnut Creek store. Can I get this wine again in future????