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Firing up the BBQ? Red wines with red meats and marinades

Make sure you have a great weekend is this glorious sunshine, bring out some fabulous red wines to make it the perfect weekend.

Blue skies, blazing sunshine and all the thrill of the grill.

Smoky barbecue flavours challenge the senses, but what should you be holding (apart from a pair of tongs) to complement those spicy sauces?

A glass of red wine, of course.

To ensure your next al fresco meal is a sizzling success, here are six lip-smacking reds to bring new life and colour to the party…

1. The Wine Atlas Negroamaro 2016, Puglia, Italy (£4.98, Asda, in store)

Bottle of Wine Atlas Negroamaro, Italy
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A wine that has it all, what’s not to love about this rich red that boasts a pretty postcard label, is a gold medal-winner (International Wine Challenge) and costs less than a fiver? Vibrant and laden with spiced plum, chocolate and spice, it excels at the price.

2. Tesco Finest Argentinian Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina (£7.50, Tesco, in store)

Bottle of Finest Argentinian malbec
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Florals, herbs and spice frame the cherry and blueberry flavours of this garnet red malbec. Not too bullish, it’s the perfect partner with a flame-grilled steak. Made for Tesco by Catena winery, it offers quality and value for those malbec moments.

3. Earth’s Essence Pinotage 2015 (no added sulphur), Western Cape, South Africa (Currently reduced to £7.49 from £9.99, Ocado)

Bottle of Earth's Essence pinotage, South Africa, red wines

Bottle of Earth’s Essence pinotage, South Africa

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If you’re on a quest for a bold pinotage, here’s a good example of how appealing South Africa’s signature grape can be when the damson fruit has an upfront sweetness and builds intensity with notes of cranberries, spice and bush teas. The smooth tannins have plenty of grip without being aggressive. Enjoy with a gourmet burger.

4. The Long Way Round Reserve Carmenère 2015, Chile (Currently reduced to £8.49 from £9.99, Virgin Wines)

Bottle of The Long Way Round Reserve Carmenère
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Alternatively, if you can’t resist a ripe, round carmenère on a sultry summer’s evening, this full-bodied style suits all your tender meats and ribs. Packed with spiced cassis, brambly black fruits and lightly spiced herbal notes, but without any of the overt chocolate notes that carmenère can give.

5. Dark Horse Merlot 2015, California, USA (£8.50, Sainsbury’s)

Dark Horse Merlot, California
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Americans love a cook-out and if you want to drink in their outdoor lifestyle, you can’t go wrong with this juicy, jammy merlot. Fruit forward with a toasty, blackcurrant sweetness, its light tannin structure means you can serve it lightly chilled. A crowd-pleaser with a simple, straight-up burger.

6. Vinha do Fava Touriga Nacional 2015, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal (£9.49, Laithwaites)

Vinha do Fava Touriga Nacional, Portugal
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A prize-winning red made from Portugal’s hero grape, this touriga nacional ticks all the right boxes if you love a wine with character and concentration. Dark, rich and perfumed, spiced brambly fruits, vibrant cassis and black plums are at the core of its sumptuous mouthfeel.

What did you think of these red wines? Is this something you would buy? Mix up your weekend and mix up those meals.

Have a great day.