Burgers on the grill.June/July Wine Pairing

Texas Wine is perfect for your summer barbeque. Many Texans have their own special recipes for sizzling on the flame next to the pool or tailgating at the local 4th of July Celebration. Favorites range from bratwurst to wings, but when it comes right down to it, a good juicy burger is hard to beat. You can choose beef, turkey, chicken or buffalo to serve with a buffet of extras - guacamole, mushrooms, grilled onions, every kind of cheese you can think of, bacon, and salsa to name a few. Throw in sides such as corn on the cob, grilled veggies, potato salad, cole slaw, watermelon, pasta salad. Then top everything off with s'mores for dessert. You will be sure to please everyone! The only thing missing is the Texas wine. I can think of several possibilities, and if you've got a crowd with a diverse palate, you might include several Texas wines.

If you are going to be gathering outdoors, my personal favorite Texas wine for the occasion is McPherson Cellars 2009 Rosé of Syrah. This is a dry rosé in the style of some of the great rosés of Provence. This Texas wine is served chilled and perfectly moderates the Texas heat while complementing a wide range of food. It won a Gold Medal at the 2010 Lone Star International Wine Competition. If you have a group that like their Texas wines sweet, you might try Red Road Winery's Las - a sweet blush with plenty of strawberry and cherry on the palate. If you'll be enjoying your picnic indoors-yes, it's okay to want to escape the Texas sun in July-I can't think of a better wine than McPherson Cellars Grenache Mourvedre. Happy Grillin' y'all!!!