Raichlen, who makes his home in Coconut Grove, Florida, is getting a special tribute at this year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival, with an alfresco feast cooked up by a bevy of his barbecue buddies, including Bobby Flay and Dean Fearing. It should be a smokin' good time.
here's a selection of wines that will work well with the new world cuisines of norman van aken and allen susser, and serve double duty with steven raichlen's barbecued foods.
silver ridge vineyards viognier california 2000 ($10)
aromatic, smooth, and juicy with bright apple fruit; try it with grilled pork.
jacob's creek reserve shiraz south australia 2000 ($14)
aussie shiraz is a classic match for smoky barbecue; this one is dense, tangy, and bursting with racy blackberry fruit.
chateau st. jean gewurztraminer sonoma 2002 ($15)
match this gewurz with fusion foods; rose petals and spice predominate.
anapamu riesling monterey 2001 ($16)
pure, searing acidity makes this a great all-around food wine.
familia zuccardi tempranillo "q" mendoza 2000 ($20)
lovely plum and berry fruit in a beautifully balanced tempranillo from argentina.
hartford zinfandel russian river valley 2001 ($25)
a shining beam of acidity carries the dark, deep blackberry richness of this stellar zin; super with grilled foods.
herzog wine cellars special reserve chardonnay russian river valley 2001 ($27)
the sweet new oak and bright fruit work well with grilled fish.
crichton hall vineyard pinot noir napa valley - carneros 2000 ($32)
bright and racy with juicy cherry fruit and lovely vanilla new oak.
hitzberger grüner veltliner smaragd "rotes tor" wachau 2002 ($40)
a bracing, mineral-laced white from austria; superb with shellfish.