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.

Pairing Wine with Salads

Summertime is great for fresh dinner salads and a cool glass of wine out on the patio. Learn how to pair these two items for a delicious, light meal.

Which wines go best with main-dish summer salads?
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Which wines go best with main-dish summer salads?

Pairing wine with salad is tricky business: Some lettuces intensify bitterness in wines. Crisp, raw vegetables demand a wine with texture. And acidic dressings tone down tartness in wines. But main-dish salads, full of ingredients with a natural affinity to wine, such as cheese, nuts, and meat, taste better with a glass of vino. As a general rule, match rosés, tart whites, and lighter reds like pinot noir with salads. And when in doubt, reach for a sparkling wine, because like salad itself, bubbly is light, refreshing, and infinitely satisfying on a summer evening.

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