Napa Valley Wines: Grilled Meat's Perfect Partner

July 29, 2014 | Posted by The B-Team

One of the many benefits of living in California is a vast wealth of superb local wines. Does this make up for the insane state tax rate? Prrobably not, but at the very least you can easily drown your sorrows in a delicious Cabernet.

Napa Valley is a much-storied part the world with sweeping vistas, restaurants that are good to the point of absurdity, and, of course, heavenly wines. These wines, while deserving of your finest holiday table or celebratory meal can, and should be, enjoyed this very instant! Preferably with one of Bobby’s our your very own grilled summer favorites.

My in-laws and I gladly took on the tast of sampling some delicious Napa Valley wines and here is a select round up of wines ranging from a light, bright Sauvignon Blanc to a deep and rich Cabernet Savignon.

2013 Honig Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley - $16 per bottle
This wine is a blend of primarily sauvignon blanc grapes with a few semillion and muscat grapes thrown in. What does that mean? Well, it’s a juicy, citrusy number that’s perfect match for grilled shrimp or scallops.

2012 Starmont Chardonnay, Napa Valley—$22 per bottle
I cut my teeth when California chardonnay was all the rage and think I may have had one too many overly oaked glasses. So, it was with skepticism that I approached this wine. It turns out my caution was meritless, and after one sip of this delightful and refreshingly crisp wine I was converted. I plan to pair this wine with grilled pork and stone fruit.

2012 Starmont Pinot Noir, Carneros—$27 per bottle
What a delicious, complex and somewhat earthy wine. We found that it was even better an hour or so after the bottle was opened. Basically, open this wine the second you start your prepping your charcoals for the BBQ and it will be ready to drink by the time you take your grilled salmon off the grill.

2012 Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir, Carneros—$35 per bottle
This wine was fan favorite amongst the tasters - barely had the bottle been opened and it was pretty much gone. The silken texture and deep berry notes made this one heck of wine. It’s so versatile I would dare to pair with just about anything from grilled veggies to red meat.

2011 Melka Wines “CJ” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley—$50 per bottle
The label alone on this bottle was enough to tickle our fancy. One sip, and our curiosity was rewarded with a super lush, bold and downright delicious red. This wine begs for a grilled steak and peppery arugula salad.

2011 Vineyard 29 “Cru” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley—$50 per bottle
This richly textured and deeply hued wine deserves something equally as decadent. We savored this wine for hours and fantasized about pairing with a peppercorn-crusted steak – richly marbled and up to the task!

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