Spit Happens #39 – Amplitude 2


Since my last post was well received I thought I would give you some examples of wines I would recommend for outdoor drinking.

SpitHappensturelyMy all time favorite outside patio BBQ drinking wine would be Turley Wine Cellars Old Vines Zinfandel from California. Founded by Dr Larry Turley and the first few vintages were made by renowned winemaker Helen Turley. My old employer was the first to bring this wine into Canada. At one point we had the largest retail allocation in the world. Currently they have a large quantity of the  Turley 2015 Old Vines Zinfandel  at $59.89 a bottle. My rule of thumb for drinking window on most Zinfandel is 5-7 years. That said I’m quite happy to drink this wine the day I bring it home. Black fruit , bramble and vanilla. Tons of rich dense fruit are packed in to this wine. If you have any tomato based BBQ sauce and ribs this is it. Call me anytime to drink this and I’ll be there.

Bodega Garzon Single Vineyard Tannat from famed wine guru Alberto Antonini is available from New District Wines. This beauty is a beast ! From Uruguay Tannat is a dark inky red that will stain you teeth for a few days. Definitely for outside drinking as you don’t want to spill it on the carpet. Tannat is well known in France as the base wine for reds from Madiran. Dense and chewy and highly recommended with a nice piece of prime rib and chimichurri sauce. I find it impossible to argue with that suggestion.


The next classic option is Shiraz/Syrah Cote Rotie is probably too fancy for BBQ but who am I to judge go for it if you have any that’s a bit on the younger end of the range. Save the old Guigal ones for later in the year. Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2015 for for 50$ is a wine that could make any evening on the patio stellar. Kalimna is the vineyard source for a large majority of grapes that end up in Penfolds Grange, one of the highest regarded reds in Australia with an unmatched track record. While this isn’t baby Grange you might think of it as a copy of a copy. Nice red and black fruit profile with a bit more savory notes than the first two wines. Drink or cellar for the next 4-8 years.

So thaw out some critters, grind a bunch of peppercorns and throw them on the BBQ and break out the big guns. No wimpy wines.
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David Lancelot