Summer Wine Parties – Barbeques

Summer is a time for outdoor parties, so we are enjoying planning our parties with special wines. Barbeques are very popular for summer entertaining. Whether it’s hot dogs and hamburgers or elegant steaks, wines will go wonderfully for your summer barbeques.

Wines for Meats

Typically, red wines goes best with red meats, but don’t be afraid to try white wines with your red meats. The enjoyment of wine is drinking what you like. If red wine is not to your liking then enjoy white wine. You may want to offer your guests red options, though.

Taste testing can be a fun way to have a summer party. Whether you offer food choices to your guests or not, you can always offer a variety of wine choices. Provide plenty of glasses for your guests to be able to taste several different kinds of wine with their meal.

Keep Wines Cool in the Heat

In the heat of a summer afternoon or evening can warm up your wines too much. So keep them a bit cool. Red wines are best when served at 60 degrees, which makes for a nice cool drink to enjoy with your barbequed dinner. White wines are best when they are kept chilled, which is great for summer parties.

If you are having a big summer party, use a cooler filled with ice to keep your wines chilled. A smaller party with only one or two bottles of wine are easiest if you use a single bottle chiller.


 Wine Enthusiast Double-Wall Iceless Wine Bottle Chiller RSVP International 1-bottle Marble Wine Chiller

Both of these wine bottle chillers are favorites of mine. I like the clear one because it’s easy to see what kind of wine is in the chiller. I have several that I use with different types of wines. The marble chiller is such an elegant look for those more special occasions. For both chillers, when I am serving red wine, I will chill these in the refrigerator rather than have them icey-cold from the freezer. That keeps the red wine cool, without making it cold.

Find more options at Wine Bottle Chillers . And be sure to check out the carry along chillers for those times when you want to bring your own wine or take chilled wine as as gift.

All Vegetable Barbeque

If you want to serve a vegetarian barbeque meal, make sure you have plenty of white wine, which is the typical wine choice, but also have lighter red wines available. The heavier red wines can work, if that is to your taste, or that of your guests.

Remember, enjoying wine is all about the enjoyment. So if you or your guests prefer reds over whites, go for it.

Provide Other Drinks in the Heat

One thing to keep in mind as you host summer parties, provide plenty of water, iced tea, lemonade, or other non-alcoholic beverages. The alcoholic ones, including wine, have a tendency to be dehydrating. So make sure you have plenty of extra drink options to keep your guests healthy.

Enjoy your summer wine parties with plenty of barbeques, knowing that you and your guests will have a good time. A memorable party is on the menu.

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  1. Mandee Sears says:

    I prefer the chilled white wine for summer barbques but always have some red wine on hand for guests. Great tips!

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