These delicious combinations include a Napa sauvignon blanc and sour-orange Yucatan chickens.
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Nancy Palmer poured a citrusy Vinho Verde from Portugal, the 2008 Quinta da Aveleda, with this spaghetti squash salad. She explains, "It whets the palate without weighing it down." If that bottling is hard to find, try the zippy 2009 Gazela.
Beaujolais, made from the Gamay grape, is light-bodied but full of flavor, and an ideal choice. Look for the lively 2007 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages or the berry-rich 2006 Chateau de La Chaize.
This steak salad packs a wallop that only a robust, spicy red can match. Try a Shiraz from South Australia—such as the 2006 Earthworks Barossa Valley or 2008 Layer Cake—which balances the variety's pepperiness with rich fruit flavors.