Wine and Beer Guide

Whether you are raising your glass for a toast, or pouring it into a stock pot, wine and beer are equally great for cooking and enjoying.

Which Wines Go Well with Chicken Caesar Salad

We have two drink strategies that pair perfectly with chicken Caesar salad.

Wine with 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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