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  • Tempranillo: The Perfect Summer Barbecue Companion

    May 13, 2024 2 min read

    A glass of Rioja, Gran reserva with a barbecued rib beef by Whelehans Wines

    As we welcome the warmth of May and the much-anticipated barbecue season, it's time to explore a wine that not only enhances the outdoor cooking experience but also embodies the spirit of summer gatherings.
    Tempranillo, Spain's esteemed grape, is making its mark as the ideal companion for your barbecue adventures! 

    Tempranillo, a noble grape known for its significant role in the winemaking regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, is celebrated for its versatility and robust flavour profile. This grape thrives under the Spanish sun, yielding wines that are both full-bodied and rich in character. As we delve into the nuances of Tempranillo, we find a wine that seamlessly matches the diverse flavours and textures of barbecue cuisine.

    Why Tempranillo for Barbecue?

    Barbecues are not just about grilling meat; they have evolved into sophisticated culinary events that accommodate a variety of foods—from succulent beef and lamb to fresh fish and hearty vegetables. This variety demands a wine that is adaptable yet powerful enough to complement every dish. Tempranillo fits this role perfectly due to its complex flavour spectrum that includes dark & red fruits, leather, tobacco, and a hint of spice, along with vegetal and savory undertones.

    The beauty of Tempranillo has been increasingly recognised through modern winemaking practices, which highlight its rustic yet refined qualities. These wines are known for their pronounced tannins and high acidity, which make them standouts for pairing with rich, flavourful barbecue dishes. Whether it’s a lightly charred halloumi or a robust cut of meat, Tempranillo can elevate the taste experience with its balanced and enveloping palate.

    Where Does Tempranillo Shine?

    In the sunbaked vineyards of Ribera del Duero, Tempranillo, or Tinto Fino as it’s locally known, takes on a bold and robust character. These wines are rich with deep fruit flavours and have the structure needed to complement the intensity of grilled meats. The climate and soil here help concentrate the grape’s natural flavours, producing wines that are not only powerful but also beautifully balanced.

    From Rioja, Trempanillo typically showcases a more refined fruit profile, featuring notes of cherry and red berry, complemented with vanilla and sweet spices due to the traditional use of American oak aging. 

    Perfect Pairings

    To really get the most out of your barbecue, try pairing different styles of Tempranillo with various dishes. A hearty and fuller Ribera del Duero Reserva such as our Peñafiel Miros de Ribera Reserva, 2017 is ideal for big flavours like beef or lamb, while a fresher, fruitier Bodegas de la Marquesa Valserrano Crianza, 2019 could be the perfect complement to grilled vegetables or lighter meats.

    Tempranillo is a way to elevate your barbecue from ordinary to extraordinary. It’s versatile, it’s flavourful, and it captures the essence of summer dining outdoors. Next time you light up the grill, pop open a bottle of Tempranillo and let it work its magic on your meal.

    So, here’s to great food, fantastic wines, and making the most of our summer season. Bring a little Spanish flair to your table with our Tempranillo selection at Whelehans Wines and watch how it transforms your meal into a festive feast!

    Explore our Tempranillo Selection