Sonoma County isn’t known as “BBQ Country” but it could be, if it weren’t for already being known as Wine Country. Texas has brisket and Kansas City and St. Louis have sweet and tangy sauces

The Deep South has hot and spicy and slow-cooked barbecue styles. But those places don’t have wine and year-round outdoor cooking weather that you find here. Every family has its own champion barbecue chef. But on the chef’s night off, here are five sources for a suitable alternative – or new favorite:

Bucher Vineyard
2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
$18 14.1% alcohol

The Bucher family grows Pinot Noir grapes for neighbors who happen to own wineries including Williams Selyem, Siduri Wines, Papapietro Perry, Arista Winery, Holdredge Wines, C. Donatiello Winery and Thralls Family Cellars. That’s a lot of fruit power from just 38 acres of hillside vineyards, planted on former grazing land of the Bucher Family Dairy. Grapes for the family’s own Rosé comes from one ton of fruit harvested from the Pear Tree block. This wine is full of bright fruit flavors including strawberries, pomegranate and orange zest.

Acorn Vineyards
2013 Rosato
Russian River Valley
$22 13.5% alcohol

Just because a wine is pink doesn’t mean it can’t be robust or dry. Here’s the bottled truth. Bill Nachbauer blended this wine from Dolcetto, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc grapes from his Alegria Vineyards, located in a cooler part of the valley. The grapes were harvested in late September and early October of 2012 and the wine was just released this month (May 2014.) A total of 112 cases were produced.

Balletto Vineyards & Winery
2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
$18 13.9% alcohol

We used to think making Rosé from full red berries of Pinot Noir or Zinfandel should be a sin, but not anymore. Anyway, there’s plenty of red grape plantings across the Russian River Valley to let a little free run juice flow into its own fermenters to make wines like this light, crispy and delicious Rosé. This primrose-colored wine could be accused of being a little spicy. And that’s a good thing.

Wilson Winery
2011 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley
$28 15.7 %alcohol

Diane Wilson is a Zinfandel master, no doubt about it. Each year she makes a half-dozen or more separate Zinfandels from various vineyards and lots. This one isn’t the most expensive, but it might be the most approachable right now. The wine is sturdied by a 5 percent blend of Petite Sirah. It has plenty of blackberry spice and a nice presence of oakiness. It won a Gold Medal at the most recent International Women’s Wine Competition.

Truett Hurst
2012 Mendocino County Dark Horse GPS
Mendocino County
$40 14.4% alcohol

First tasted at the Wine Road’s Barrel Tasting event, it was obvious that bottles of this wine were headed to our cellar. GPS stands for Grenache, Petite Sirah and the Syrah grapes in the blend. Like all Truett Hurst wines, these grapes were farmed with Demeter-certified biodynamic practices. Pair with grilled sausages or any barbecued meats.