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Which Wines Go Well with Chicken Caesar Salad

We have two drink strategies that pair perfectly with chicken Caesar salad.
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A BRIGHT, TART WHITE

Crisp, sharp whites with acidity and a citrusy bite can match the pungent flavors of a classic Caesar dressing.

Try a Vinho Verde from Portugal. These pert, incisive whites counter the assertive lemon, anchovy, and garlic in the dressing while accentuating the juicy chicken and creamy Parmesan cheese. Plus: Slight effervescence complements the crunch of romaine.

Shown: Quinta da Aveleda, Vinho Verde, Portugal, 2011 ($10) Or: Gazela, Vinho Verde, Portugal, 2011 ($6)

A CRISP, FRUITY ROSÉ

With characteristics of both whites and reds, a dry blush packs plenty of versatility to balance the zesty dressing and play off the mild chicken.

For a classic Caesar salad, choose a bone-dry rosé. Unlike sweeter blush wines, these contain a refreshing, flinty acidity that echoes the salty tang of the dressing, while juicy, berry-floral notes enhance the light, savory flavors of grilled chicken.

Shown: Bieler Père et Fils, Sabine Rosé, France, 2012 ($11) Or: Apaltagua, Rosé Carmenere, Chile, 2012 ($12)

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