Barbeque and wine aren’t two things that are normally associated with each other, but some wines can do a lot to bring out the flavor of good barbequed ribs.
Ribs can and are prepared in many ways and choosing the right wine to go with them is dependent in large part to the sauce and spices that were used to prepare the ribs. The wide variety of rib styles allows for a great deal of wine experimentation, which can be fun.
A wine that goes well with your BBQ ribs is one that isn’t too overbearing and would mask the flavors that it took hours of slow cooking to attain. Generally, you can look for wines with fruit flavors and moderate tannins that can bring out the flavor of the ribs, instead of competing with it.
Ribs with a sweeter sauce go well with sparkling wines. Sparkling wines with their effervescence help cleanse the palate so that you can enjoy the robust and rich flavors.
A fruity white wine can be good too. Again, because of the fruity flavors a pinot gris goes well with all kinds of BBQ ribs.
For most people who think about having wine with BBQ it’s usually a good red wine that comes to mind first. Rich and fruity reds bring out the juiciness in all styles of ribs. Some of the Argentinian red wines are a good choice. For a darker richer red wine which is always a good choice for any meat dish, try a California Cabernet Sauvignon.
These are just a few choices and suggestions on what types of wines go well with BBQ ribs. The truth is, the fun is in the experimentation. Everyone is different, and taste vary widely when it comes to wine. To find out what you think the best wine to have with your ribs is, try different kinds. So, go out and get some ribs and open a bottle of your favorite wine while you’re at it, you may have a winner.