We started with the ‘Tackle Box’ which is grilled shrimp, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies, and wings. Our second course was their ‘Suicide King’ which is grilled shrimp on cornbread with cotija cheese. Our main courses were memphis ribs, pulled pork, as well as their incredible baby back ribs. Our sides were baked beans, sauteed okra (which was pretty insane) and macaroni and cheese. For dessert we had the banana pudding. After pairing all of the wines with each item and side, these are my suggestions as to what wine we would pair with each item.
2009 Old Vine Zinfandel
Their flagship Zin is easily the most approachable and paired well with all BBQ items. I felt it matched BEST with the Memphis Ribs, baby back ribs, and pulled pork. Best sides with this Zin were the mac and cheese and sauteed okra. I only drank the zin with the banana pudding dessert and was very impressed by it’s pairing.
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Their Cab is very drinkable and not one of the over the top tannin heavy Cabs that are out there. Because it is more bold it went great with the Memphis Ribs and pulled pork. My favorite side with this wine was the beans.
2009 Pinot Noir
Pinots tend to be on the lighter side and this one from Gnarly Head was no exception. Because of this, we felt the grilled shrimp went best with this wine. All of the sides went well with this pinot, but the sauteed okra stood out to all of us.
What I liked best about their Chardonnay was that it wasn’t on the buttery side (which some California Chards lean towards). Because of this light crispness, I felt the grilled shrimp went best with this wine. I felt the sauteed okra was a little too heavy with this chardonnay, but the mac and cheese matched well.
Baby Blues BBQ selections and sides were a great compliment to the Gnarly Head wines and the service was behind attentive. Overall it was a wonderful evening that left us about as full as I’ve been in a long time.
Below are additional photos of our visit: