Wed, July 24

How to find perfect wine for Labor Day barbecue

I hold this truth to be self-evident, not all wines are created equal! However, if you're going to enjoy a summer or Labor Day picnic or barbecue, there are several Northern Arizona wines that should be at the top of your list.

Throwing some steak on the grill? Arizona Stronghold has the wine for you. The 2014 Nachise, a predominantly Syrah - four varietal red blend, will pair so well with your BBQ, it will be the talk of the town (or Village)! Also, what could be more Arizona than roadrunners? The Chateau Tumbleweed 2014 Earth Cuckoo, with its dry finish, will enhance your steak to the point, you'll swear it was kismet!

Searching for single-varietal satisfaction? The 2014 D.A. Ranch Red Barn Red will fulfill your need for a 100-percent Syrah and it's black cherry, tobacco notes will take that lamb you are barbecuing to a whole new level.

Though if you're looking to leave something behind, the 2014 Legacy Zinfandel from Javelina Leap, with its mid-level tannins and raspberry notes, will make your lamb remembered for many years to come!

Time to toss some shrimp on the barbie? The 2014 Acacia Aged Roussanne from Page Springs Cellars, with its beautiful tropical notes, will have you swearing this BBQ belongs on a beach somewhere!

Or, if you are accustomed to Alcantara, then their 2014 Viognier, displaying modest acidity and orange blossom notes, will have you wishing your shrimp never has to leave this wine!

Looking to end the night in sweet style? Pillsbury Wine Company can help. PWC's 2013 Symphony Sweet Lies is perfect for patio sipping at the end of the evening.

However, if you're turning hard to port, Cellar 433 is there. Their 2009 Jerome Winery Zinfandel Port will end your evening delectably!

Blissful barbecuing!