7 great grilling wines

No need to stick to your go-to house red for grilling all-stars. Shake it up with these varieties for tastier matches

Grilled chicken wine pairing

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Chicken with Spicy Ginger BBQ Sauce

Pair with: Dry rosé. Its crisp acidity and bright red fruit hold up to the heat and sweet tang of the sauce.

Our pick: Quivira 2009 Wine Creek Ranch Grenache Rosé (Dry Creek Valley; $15). Bone-dry and tart, with rhubarb and lime spiced with cinnamon

Get the recipe: Spicy Ginger BBQ Sauce

wine and grilled vegetables

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Corn on the cob with chile and lime juice

Pair with: Unoaked Chardonnay. Sweet corn loves Chard’s apple flavors, and the lime makes its crisp citrus notes pop.

Our pick: Iron Horse 2008 “UnOaked” Chardonnay (Green Valley of Russian River Valley; $26). Apple, lemon blossom, and limestone.

Related recipe: Chile Lime Corn on the Cob

bratwursts and wine

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Brats with sweet onions and hot mustard

Pair with: Dry Riesling. Fruity and crisp—great with spicy pork and sweet-hot toppings.

Our pick: Pey-Marin 2008 “The Shell Mound” Riesling (Marin County; $24). Bone-dry and minerally; balanced with white peach, green apple, and lime.

tri-tip wine pairing

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Herb-rubbed Santa Maria-style tri-tip

Pair with: Syrah. A meaty wine for the chewy beef, with herb and pepper echoes for the rub.

Our pick: Lockwood 2007 Syrah (Monterey; $14). Plums and red berries offset by earthy white pepper, leather, and tobacco.

Related recipe: Santa Maria Barbecue

salmon and wine

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Planked salmon with lemon and dill

Pair with: Pinot Noir. A silky texture match for salmon, with red berry fruit and spice for sweet, pungent fish.

Our pick: WillaKenzie 2008 Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; $25). Bright berries with hints of warm spices and earth.

Related recipe: Cedar-Planked Salmon

shrimp and wine

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Shrimp marinated in olive oil and tequila

Pair with: Sémillon. Rich-fruited, full-bodied white loves sweet, tender shrimp.

Our pick: Amavi 2008 Sémillon  (Walla Walla Valley; $20). Lush pear, apple, and melon edged with herbs and blossoms; zippy pineapple and lemon on the end.

Related recipe: Southwest Grilled Shrimp Salad

s'mores and wine

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Dark chocolate s'mores

Pair with: Port-style red. The fortified wine shares two vital adjectives with the campfire treat: dark and sweet.

Our pick: Ficklin Old Vine Tinta Port (Madera; $15). Dark plums and black cherries spiced with licorice and sprinkled with cocoa.

Related: 6 new ways with s'mores

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