Salad Topped with Spicy Meat
A low-alcohol wine, such as slightly sweet riesling or fruity red Beaujolais, will complement a complex salad without fanning the heat.
Loosen Bros. Riesling "Dr. L" 2008 (Germany, $11) Apricot, lime, and spice
Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2008 (France, $16) Light but complex; fragrant with violets and red berries (pictured)
SPLURGE: Smith-Madrone Riesling 2008 (California, $25) Fresh with hints of honey and a lightly spiced finish