3 perfect summer pairings

Show off the season’s fresh corn, tomatoes, and watermelon with three simple dishes –– and just the right wines

Recipe:  Grilled Corn and Bay Shrimp Risotto

Perfect pairing: Fresh corn and Chardonnay

If there’s ever a time for a buttery California Chard, it’s when you’re eating sweet, crunchy corn. (Get 18 great recipes here.) The wine’s sweet-seeming fruit, balanced with creamy lemon flavors, will keep you coming back to the corn. More about Chardonnay

Our picks

Concannon "Selected Vineyards" Chardonnay 2007 (Central Coast; $12). A steal from one of California’s oldest wineries ― fresh and lively, with green apple, lime, and more layers of white peach and tropical flavors than this price usually delivers.

Rodney Strong Chardonnay 2007 (Sonoma County; $15). Ripe golden apple, pear, pineapple, and creamy lemon curd are balanced with bright acidity, with a touch of butterscotch underneath.

Landmark "Overlook" Chardonnay 2006 (California; $27). A perfect balance of rich texture and bright fruit ― crisp apple and lemon zest, with hints of toasted coconut.

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