Olly’s BBQ Zingers

I recently discovered Coffee BBQ Sauce at rbainbridge.co.uk. Strong flavours like these lead my wine choices when cooking on coals. A powerful marinade calls for reds with welly such as Malbec. And when the sun starts sizzling, pour refreshing whites such as Germany’s underrated gems, or Southern French rosé and British beer. My barbecue tip is to chill light reds to cope with changing flavours – as well as the weather.


Northern Monk Faith Hazy Pale Ale (5.4%), £2.40, Tesco. A tropical surge of cool refreshment that can handle the mightiest marinade.

Buenas Vides Criolla Grande 2020 (13.5%), £5.99, Aldi. Bargain red to chill. Bright, refreshing – a cherry trapped in an ice cube!

Weissburgunder Weingut Jülg 2019 (12.5%), £11.50, thewinesociety.com. An epic zinger that blows its price point sky high. Must-buy BBQ white.

Coolhurst Côtes de Provence Rosé 2020 (12.5%), £14.99, coolhurstvineyards.com. My top rosé – a strawberry-scented peachy bonanza!


Villa Blanche Piquepoul Noir 2019 (12.5%), £8.49, Waitrose. Excellent fruity sleek red to chill for a BBQ. An all-round star.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 9th May 2021 – Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.

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