But summer has another side. A side where we light up our barbecues, whip up our secret sauces, and grill our favorite cuts of meat our chicken.
My secret sauce is not so secret. I don't like it too spicy, but I do like it a little tart and a little sweet (thanks to the addition of Ramata di Montoro onions). A sauce that needs a red. I tasted one recently that I feel would go great by the grill: Aglianico del Vulture Basilicata DOC 2009 by Tenuta I Gelsi.
A deep cherry nose. Deep, but not too mature. Time has softened (somewhat) the tannins but there's just enough astringency to balance with my secret sauce.
And that's no secret...