Reviewer’s Note: Samples of the products discussed here were provided to me for reviewing purposes at no cost.
This product was born of a collaboration between celebrated wine brand Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, and famous West Texas-style BBQ sauce purveyor, Daddy Sam’s. Making its debut in the season when every food lover’s fancy turns to outdoor cooking (and with Memorial Day weekend on the horizon), Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce is a sweet, smoky grilling sauce infused with Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon. Lively ingredients used in its production ensure this sauce will deliver an unforgettable punch to any dish or recipe that includes it.
The sauce’s aroma calls to mind cartoons we all watched as kids, where the smell of delicious foods was always depicted in the form of a beckoning finger wafting about seeking hungry souls to entice. The instant the jar is opened, its fragrance swells with a wink and the promise of good things to come, doing so with wine aromatics that are adequate but not overpowering. When tasted, its considerable molasses-driven sweetness is balanced and aided not only by a good deal of smokiness, but also by significant heat that comes courtesy of Cayenne and jalapeño peppers, mustard, and cracked black peppercorns.
Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce pulls triple duty better than many products of its kind. As its label suggests, it performs ably as a marinade (as it did on chicken, chops, and salmon for grilling), a dipping sauce (for the likes of fried chicken fingers and sliced raw veggies), and a topping (on burgers and sausages in place of ketchup, mustard, and other far less exciting condiments). Its sugar and faint suggestions of cumin and white pepper breathed new life into a dish of leftover pulled pork, and its smokiness integrates well when a spoonful is added to red pasta sauce.
This limited-edition BBQ grilling sauce officially goes on sale tomorrow, May 15th, 2015 on Amazon.com, where it will remain available until September 30th, 2015.