Ready to sizzle and sparkle this summer? Sparkling wine is synonymous with life’s celebrations as is a sizzling barbecue grilled meal in summer. We’ve paired our Sparkle Extravaganza Pack wines with recipes that will keep your grill sizzling giving you more reasons to make this summer one filled with simple and delicious celebrations.
Take it Slow
Slow cooking becomes a way of life in the summer. Not familiar with the term “slow cooking”? It’s used in reference to food prep that is based in using low-heat over a long period of time. Think barbecues, smokers and luau pits. Simple and easy. Add in dishes made with fresh local ingredients and it really doesn’t get much better than that.
Sparkle with: LOLA Secco VQA – The fruit flavours in the LOLA Secco will complement the flavours in the BBQ sauce while the bubbles cut the richness and cleanse for the next bite.
Hot, Hot, Hot
The weather, the grill and spice all make for the perfect summer temperature. As temperatures rise, grilling offers relief from the heat of the kitchen. It also becomes a summer ritual for an avid griller. A simple steak dinner with green salad is a welcome meal on a hot evening.
Sizzle with a griller’s favourite: Spicy Grilled New York Strip Steak
Sparkle with: Bella Sparkling Red VQA. The tannins in this Chambourcin and Pinot Noir sparkler will stand up to the larger flavours of the steak and the bubbles will relieve the heat of the spice.
If you’re lucky enough to live near a waterway that offers fresh fish, grilling fillets becomes a summer tradition. We are all about our Lake Erie Pickerel, or Wall Eye as our friends from Michigan and Ohio refer to it. This light, flaky fish is a crowd pleaser. We wanted to offer up a twist with an island vibe and found this.
Sizzle with: Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw
Sparkle with: Bella Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé VQA. The light flaky whitefish and tangy slaw will be complemented by the crisp cherry and lemon bouquet, leaving a refreshing crisp palate cleansing after each bite.
Burgers are a quick and easy go-to summer dinner or lunch. Looking for a great veggie option?
Sizzle with: Easy Grillable Veggie Burgers
Sparkle with: LOLA Blush Sparkling Rosé VQA. There isn’t a much better pairing than the crisp fruit of this crowd favourite LOLA and a tasty veggie burger.
A Sweet Finish
Oh yes! Even dessert can be done on the grill! We looked through a lot of great recipes (Google ‘desserts on the grill’) but this one… they had us at donuts.
Sizzle with: Grilled Donut Ice Cream Sandwich
Sparkle with: LOLA Nero Red Sparkling VQA. Fruit driven and fresh, this sparkling red will act as a pleasant palate cleanser for this delicious dessert. Raspberry and red current flavours in the wine will complement the blueberries.
You can find our Sparkling Extravaganza Pack here.
Cheers & happy grilling!
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