Hot-Weather White Wines
Greek Salad Skewers with Anchovy Aioli
Pairing: 2010 Skouras Moscofilero
With its aromas of honeysuckle and tangerine, this brisk white from one of Greece's top wineries smells as though it might be sweet. Instead, it's bone-dry and crisp, an ideal match for oysters on the half shell.
Samoan-Style Tuna-and-Cucumber Salad
Pairing: 2009 Casal Garcia Vinho Verde
Vinho Verde from Portugal has a fizzy quality that is a good match for the fresh coconut and cucumber flavors in this salad.
Rice Noodle Salad with Chicken
Pairing: 2008 Kris Pinot Grigio
Bright and airy, with aromas of flowers, almond and lime, this is a crisp and medium-bodied wine. Its zesty citrus flavors are rich, ripe and elegant.
Quinoa Salad with Sugar Snap Peas
Pairing: 2009 Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
A combination of grapes from Marlborough's Awatere and Wairau subregions gives this white a good balance of crisp gooseberry and citrus fruit and the grassy, herbal notes that are the hallmarks of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Deluxe Lobster and Potato Chip Rolls
Pairing: 2009 Bibi Graetz Bianco di Casamatta
The winemaker and talented Tuscan artist Bibi Graetz produces a wide range of wines, among them this vibrant, citrusy Vermentino.
Winter Chicken Salad with Citrus and Celery
Pairing: 2009 Tilia Torrontes
The steal among wine director George Miliote's whites is this floral, lively Argentinean.
Boston Lettuce Salad with Herbs
Pairing: 2008 Fillaboa Albariño
Albariño displays a rich, decadent side in this wine. The plush palate oozes melon, apricot, green almond and citrus flavors and contains plenty of acidity to balance the slightly oily texture.
Chilled Chardonnay-Braised Calamari Pasta
Pairing: 2010 Bodini Chardonnay
A portion of the sales of this clean, citrusy Argentine Chardonnay goes to a scholarship foundation for the winery workers' families.
Spicy Chickpea Salad
Pairing: 2007 Prager Grüner Veltliner Achleiten Stockkultur Grüner Veltliner
Tony Bodenstein, the impressively talented winemaker at Prager, makes this concentrated and complex Grüner Veltliner from a single-acre plot of 70-year-old vines in the renowned Achleiten vineyard. It's one of those rare wines that seem to smell and taste different with each sip: lime, wildflowers, wet stone and more.