Barbecue food can be tricky to match with wine - pickles, relishes, sauces and charred, meaty foods do not go well with the subtle, nuanced flavours of complex wines.
So, where the event requires you to lead with the food and let the wine to pick up things afterwards, you can go one of two ways. Virgin Wines have addressed both options.
16 Little Black Pigs Rose 2017 (£8.99) pleasant,
neutral and inoffensive with some soft red fruits followed by a bit of
freshness, spice and minerality. Well-made and quaffable with a reasonable
Will refresh the palate after strong barbecue foods.
This Zin rosé feels more constructed than made - it is Joan Collins in a power suit with shoulder pads, a blow wave and full-on make-up.
Big Top White Zinfandel Rose 2017 (£7.99) Big, American personality with sweet watermelon and strawberry fruit; like Joan, there is some class and depth underneath.
Will stand up to relishes and barbecue sauce.