Summer Pairs with Zinfandel and BBQ

Rebecca Germolus on Jun 27, 2017

Nothing says summer better than an evening on the patio with friends, grilling up some BBQ ribs, brisket, or chicken and sipping a glass or two of Zinfandel.

various meats cooking on a large outdoor grill


Options Where You Don’t Do the Cooking

The Zinfandel and BBQ combo is so popular along the Wine Road that you’ll find wineries hosting Zin festivities to showcase this perfect pairing.

Here are two options that will be happening this coming weekend.

Red, White & Rosé—Independence Day Celebration
Mounts Family Winery
Saturday, July 1 from 12 – 4 p.m.

$20 per person, or two complimentary passes for each wine club member

Mounts will be pouring their favorite wines including Zinfandel, and grilling up their famous tri-tip. Come soak in the sun while enjoying the most beautiful views of the Dry Creek Valley!

RSVP to or call them at 707-292-8148.

sign for Zin on In

All American Zin Day
Kokomo, Mazzocco-Sonoma, Rued, Wilson, & Family Wineries—Dry Creek

Saturday, July 1 from 11 – 4 p.m.

$60 per person (available at any of the participating wineries); $25 for designated drivers. Ticket includes good food, great wines, and a commemorative glass.

Come celebrate Dry Creek Valley’s most popular varietal with five wineries! Sip on Zinfandel and Primitivo (Zinfandel’s kissing cousin), plus other varietals will be available for tasting.
Enjoy pulled pork at Kokomo Winery, the much anticipated tri-tip steak slices marinated in their very own TNT butt rub at Family Wineries, skirt steak at Mazzocco-Sonoma, scrumptious barbecued chicken wings at Rued, and the ever popular sausages served up by Wilson Winery.

Other Weekend Food and Wine Options

If you plan to cruise the Wine Road this coming weekend, you may want to first visit the events page to scope out other fun events. If you are looking for food pairings, check out the Pig Roast at Viszaly Vineyards, the Pizza Party fundraiser at Paradise Ridge, or Chardonnay and Lobster at Papapietro Perry. So many choices!

picture of bbq ribs

 Zinfandel and BBQ: Summer Backyard Pairings

If you don’t live near the Wine Road, you can always pull a Zinfandel or two out of your cellar, or order some up from your favorite Wine Road winery. Below are some awesome recipes available on the Wine Road website. Although these recipes will pair with other varietals as well, we can attest they will definitely make summer sizzle when you pair them with your favorite Zin.

Aunt Fay’s Marinated Flank Steak
Bacon-Braised Beef Brisket
Hanger Steak Grilled over Zinfandel Barrel Staves
Pulled Pork with Sin Zin Barbecue Sauce
Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Barbecue Sauce
Smoked Pork Shoulder Sliders with November Sauce
Brad’s Award-Winning Dry Rub Ribs
Fall-off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs
Pulled Pork with Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce
Smoky BBQ Pork Sliders
Zin-Marinated Grilled Steak Sandwich with Onion Marmalade and Blue Cheese

The links above are just a taste of the mouthwatering recipes you’ll find on the Wine Road’s website.

Summer flies by quickly, so make sure you make time for Zin, BBQ, and friends before the long days slip away.

Happy Sipping!

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Posted by Rebecca Germolus

Rebecca Germolus, co-owner of Maximum Value Marketing, loves Sonoma County and playing along the Wine Road. Rebecca daily immerses herself in wine country by providing cost-effective marketing and writing solutions to wineries and restaurants.

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