Grace's Plaza Wine & Spirits

Staff Picks

Malbec Madness
Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is May 14-16. So, this month our staff picks are all about BBQ in honor of this well-known event. We even took it to the next level by offering some pairings for grilling anything on your barbeque. Whether you're a meat-eater or not, we're sure you you'll find something on this list to complement your favorite BBQ meal.

Wine: Peter Lehmann of the Barossa
Varietal: Shiraz
Vintage: 2006
Region: Barossa, Australia
Price: $16.99

Why I Like It: The reason I like this wine is because it has lots of character. Big fruit on the front. It's also like having a big slice of chocolate cake.
Pairs well with: I have already had this wine with a filet. (Outstanding!) This month, pair it with smoked ribs. The mix of oak and hickory should pair well with some southern-style hog.


Wine: ZaZa
Varietal: Garnacha (Grenache) Rose
Vintage: 2007
Region: Campo De Borja, Spain
Price: $9.99

Why I like it: It's a fruit forward crisp Rose wine without being super sweet. It smells and tastes of raspberries & strawberries, is creamy on the palate and dry on it's long finish. I can drink this wine on it's own or with food.
Pairs well with: My preference is to drink this (chilled) while snacking on some dry Lucky Charms cereal or, even better - a Mo's Chocolate Bacon bar. But for a more substantial pairing, this Rose could stand nicely next to a nice piece of citrus-marinated grilled chicken and some veggies to boot - enjoyed on the back patio during spring weather, of course.


Winery: Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
Varietal: Vodka
Vintage: N/A
Region: The S.O.U.T.H (South Carolina)
Price: $19.99 for 750 mL

Why I like it: It's truly southern - and especially good when adding some water, a few mint leaves and a lime twist. You could call this "Sweet Mint Tea with a Twist".
Pairs well with: A vegetarian style barbecue on a camping trip... assortment of grilled vegetables (including portobello mushrooms, zucchini, squash & red pepper) along with some southern style cajun spiced french fries & coleslaw.

La Croix Peyrassol

Wine: La Croix Peyrassol
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache & Syrah Blend
Vintage: 2007
Region: Vin de Pays, France
Price: $16.99

Why I like it: Keeping with my "wine on a budget" theme, I make this recommendation after having had paired this with lamb for Easter supper. This is a nice full-bodied wine which has a smooth finish.
Pairs well with: I have had this wine with lamb, but it will also go well with any red meats or even barbecued pork.


Wine: Marquis Phillips Sarah's Blend
Varietal: 1/3 Cab, 1/3 Merlot, 1/3 Shiraz
Vintage: 2006
Region: South Eastern Australia
Price: $14.99

Why I like it: This is a versatile wine with soft juicy tastes of blackberry, plum cassis and a touch of vanilla. It's ready to go the moment the screw cap is popped.
Pairs well with: This will go with all summer grilling fare: hamburgers, steaks, chicken. Anything you can eat during a classic American summer barbeque.

Obra Prima

Winery: Petite Petit
Varietal: Petite Syrah & Petit Verdot Blend
Vintage: 2006
Region: Lodi, California
Price: $17.99

Why I like it: This name should read Grande-Grand... This wine is packed with gobs of dark fruit, blackberry, blueberry, plums & sweet, subtle floral aromas. The aromas follow onto the tongue and it finishes with hints of tobacco, spice & smoked meats.
Pairs well with: Insert your secret recipe dry rub BBQ ...sauce optional. Your experience will not be complete until you slap on the 8-Track of Lynard Skynard (preferably "Freebird"), lighter optional...