Get Mo Wine and BBQ!

This program was created so you can enjoy a ‘wine tasting’ all around Modesto, but with a twist…we are focusing the tastings on the theme of the month! Last month, wine flights were designed to help you learn and select wines that go with cheese, in February the wine flights were focused on pairing well with chocolates and then sparkling wine for New Year’s. And so on for every month of the year.

Pat Dodd talks wine and BBQ! Watch the full video here.

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Wine and BBQ Pairing

Through the years I’ve helped chefs around the world create magical food and wine pairing menus, and am constantly asked by friends, “Pat—what wine would go best with…?”  Well, as I always say, ANY wine with food is better than NO wine with food.  But, if the pairing is to be GREAT instead of just good, then there are a few guidelines to think about.

And this month’s guidelines have to do with pairing wines with BARBECUED foods, in ALL of their many forms!  Not sure what I mean?  Well take a gander at the following:  Carolina Vinegar-Tomato Sauce, Buffalo Hot Wings, Texas Salt and Pepper Brisket, Mexican Mole, Kansas City Sweet Sauce, Memphis Spicy Dry Rub, Hawaiian Ginger Soy Brown Sugar Sauce…and the list goes on and on.  Anybody getting hungry yet?

This may all be FAR too complicated to remember but, thankfully, from a Wine and BBQ Pairing standpoint we can group them broadly into three categories:

  1. Sweet BBQ—Those sauces that are NOTICEABLY sweet because of heavy doses of ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, honey, pineapple juice, etc.
  2. Spicy BBQ—Those sauces that are NOTICEABLY hot/spicy because of the addition of Mustard Powder, Chili Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Jalapeno, Horseradish, etc.
  3. Savory BBQ—Those sauces/rubs that DON’T have overt sweetness or spicy heat, focusing instead on salt/pepper/garlic/herbs, and maybe Soy or Worcestershire sauce, ginger, onion or mushroom powder, etc. mixed in. These can also be ketchup-based sauces with enough vinegar added to bring down the sweet taste.

As always, if you need specific advice, just email me: [email protected]

Cheers to you and yours!

Pat Dodd, The Wine Dodd

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