WHAT Bieler Père et Fils Sabine Rosé 2011 Rating: NNN
WHERE Provence, France
WHY When it comes to backyard dinner parties, white wines can be challenged by the seared, smoky flavours of the grill and persistent I-only-drink-red heads. But you want to serve something cold under the sun, so come hither to the rosé. Subtle, soft floral and fruit notes and lightweight texture should encourage you to pour this before, during and after smoking up.
PRICE 750 ml/$12.95
AVAILABILITY At selected liquor stores (product #278192)
WHAT Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Rating: NNNN
WHERE Maipo Valley, Chile
WHY With elements of oak, raspberry jam and Chilean vegetal vibrancy all bound up in deft texture, this wine can pair well with more serious, gourmet barbecuing presentations. But if, on the other hand, you're just going to flop a T-bone on top of the briquettes, at $18 you'll be doing your steak a big favour without asking too much of your wallet.
PRICE 750 ml/$17.95
AVAILABILITY At select Vintages outlets (product #275594)
WHAT Rifleman's Ration Ale Rating: NNNN
WHERE Toronto, Ontario
WHY Due to Harper's lamentable 1812 celebrations spendathon, it is with some reluctance that I mention this grenadier-inspired ale. But it's just the thing for a cookout. Most grilled dishes, after being sauced like Jim Lahey and then engulfed in flames, will overwhelm your proverbial frosty blond lager. So call in the heavy artillery. This big, malty mouthful, with its soft carbonation and long, hop-tinged finish, will bravely defend the garrison of your taste buds.
PRICE 500 ml/$3.95
AVAILABILITY At select liquor stores (product #294272)