Is there any wine that goes better with barbecue than rosé?
I think not.
Barbecue is hot, rich, spicy, fatty. Rosé (that doesn't suck) is chilled, lean, fruity, refreshing. It's a marriage meant to be celebrated in backyards and consummated over a rack of baby backs smeared with tart-sweet-fiery barbecue sauce.
Unfortunately, more people know about the marriage (or divorce) of Jon and Kate Dimwitty than the carnal and carnivorous pleasures of killer 'cue and a bottle of cold pink. That's perhaps because a lot of cheap, easily available rosés are as insipid as Kate's phony smile and as flabby as Jon's lame excuses.
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Ah, but not the 2008 El Coto Rioja Rosado. This Spanish blend of Grenache and Tempranillo is a honeymoon all by itself, with aromas of strawberries, raspberries, and a hint of lime and flavors that kick off the party with berries, violets, and rose petals and close it down with a spritz of tart lemon. All for only 12 bucks, barbecue (and Dimwittys) not included.