It’s safe to say barbecue season est arrivé. Aromas of smoked meat have declared summer’s approach, and salacious fantasies have surfaced about dripping, moist, tender …
For too long, beer has been dubbed the official beverage of barbecues. This is a falsity we at Wine Awesomeness cannot abide. Whites and rosés ensure a lively, lasting party, while sixers of brews guarantee nothing but bloated stomachs and yawns. Meanwhile, the hallowed ceremony of sparkling wine is an immediate pronouncement a party has indeed begun.
1) Conversation sparking
One of the purest pleasures of wine is the conversation it brings. Fittingly, conversations, new friendships and tales of tomfoolery are what barbeques are all about. Wine at once teaches you things about yourself and those you’re drinking with — more so than Bud Light, in my opinion. This leads to …
2) Rocking the wine swag
That lovely brunette in the Carolina blue sundress? Yeah, she doesn’t much fancy Miller Lite. Approach her with a slender, sparkling Brut rosé and you may just have a chance. This ties back to point one: nearly everyone I know agrees that people are more likable after two glasses of red. Wine breeds confidence and a quick wit. Beer breeds belches.
3) Wine’s gluten free — and generally healthier than beer
4) Wine shooters
Throwing back a shot glass of vinho verde every 15 or 20 minutes with your new coterie of pals is a quick and easy way to lubricate the crowd and keep the discovery going. And it’s not nearly as obnoxious or messy as shotgunning Bud Heavies.
5) Embrace the POP!
Is there a single, non-verbal sound that announces a celebration more than the pop of a cork unleashing a flow of happiness from a sparkling pinot to mauzac to whatever your preference? However new and non-native to wine you are, you understand that the pop means smiles and celebration are imminent.
6) It’s all about the pairing