6 BBQ Favourite’s to pair Rosé with this Summer

Australia’s love of rosé wine is showing no signs of slowing down. With dry and pale styles of rosé continuing to be a consistent favourite for summer refreshment, it’s no surprise that they make for a delightful after-work tipple with friends along with being a perfect accompaniment for the classic Australian backyard barbeque.

There is a Rosé for almost every type of food and navigating the category can be overwhelming but selecting the best Rosé for your occasion can enhance the drinking experience for you and your guests.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to select the best Rosé for your next BBQ get together this Summer.

mcguiganwines_116094934_592109984783265_3349582744623546539_n (1)Why does Rosé wine vary in colour?

Rosé is made from the same red grapes that you know and love including Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Grenache (to name a few). And just like red wine, Rosés pick up their colour from the skin of red wine grapes.

The colour of Rosé can range from the lightest shades of pale onion skin pink to salmon, coral, hot pink, and ruby red; generally speaking, the darker the colour, the more intense and sweeter the wine. The depth of colour in the wine is determined by the length of time that the juice is in contact with the skins, typically anywhere from 2 to 24 hours – the shorter the time, the lighter the colour.

What makes Rosé the perfect wine to pair with food?

Most rosé wines offer a balance of floral aromas, freshness and acidity which is the reason for it working so well alongside a range of different cuisines. With high acidity, moderate alcohol, and delicate flavours of a white wine, combined with the fruit and body of a red wine, rosé wines pair well with a wide selection of cuisines, making it an excellent wine for your next Summer soiree.

Generally, lighter styles of rosé will complement more delicate flavours in fresh salads and seafood. Whereas fuller-bodied rosé wines, with riper fruit, are more likely to accompany the stronger flavours found in barbecued meats or spicy foods. Most new world Rosés are commonly riper and sweeter in comparison to their European equivalents which are more savoury.

If you’re planning a traditional summer BBQ with friends and family, a crisp glass of rosé can contrast the rich and smoky flavours associated with a grilled selection of burgers, ribs, sausages, and steaks and will also bring refreshing and fruity flavours to the table.


Great BBQ pairings with Rosé
  • Grilled fish
  • Grilled salmon
  • Hamburgers
  • Grilled sausages
  • Grilled chicken
  • Grilled corn & veggies

Try our McGuigan Single Batch Rosé Grilled Corn recipe.


Other food pairings to try with Rosé
  • Crab
  • Goats Cheese
  • Light Salads
  • Pasta
  • Prawns
  • Pizza
  • Fried fish
  • Lobster
  • Turkey
  • Quiche

If you’re looking for a Dry Rosé to complete your next soiree, why not bring a McGuigan!


McGuigan Zero Dry Rosé

Bright, lifted aromas of delicate red fruits complemented with hints of rose petal. The palate is generous, with flavours of strawberries and pink grapefruit, leading to a crisp and refreshing finish.

McGuigan Single Batch Project Rosé 

This fresh and crisp Dry Rosé embodies intense flavours of fresh strawberries and cream with hints of citrus fruits, reflective of its aromatics. This wine has a clean, crisp finish. This wine pairs perfectly with a range of dishes including light salads, pasta, seafood dishes and goats’ cheese.

McGuigan Cellar Select Rosé 

One of our Cellar Door favourites, this spectacularly light rosé is has fresh berry flavours which are complimented by muscat like characters, before leading to a crisp, refreshing finish. If you’re visiting our Hunter Valley Cellar Door, this is a must-try, or you can purchase online here. 

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