Move beyond beer for a drink that plays nicely with spicy dishes. Here are our picks for the best wines to pair (surprise: it's not only whites)
Recipe: Spicy Shredded Beef
Pair with: Merlot. With gentler, rounder tannins than Cabernet, Merlot takes more easily to spicy dishes, and it’s an especially good match for the texture of long-braised beef chuck. Our bottle pick also offers great red fruit and crushed herbs that loop into the Southwest seasonings here. Recommended bottle: Hawk Crest Merlot 2005 (California).