Light Summer Wines
Thai Chicken and Watermelon Salad
Pairing: 2011 Waterbrook Sangiovese Rosé
Washington's Columbia Valley isn't known for the Sangiovese grape variety, nor for rosés. As a result, Waterbrook's lightly floral bottling is a nice surprise.
Gingered Salmon with Grilled Corn and Watercress Salad
Pairing: 2011 Domäne Wachau Terrassen Grüner Veltliner Federspiel
Terrassen bottlings come from terraced vineyards, which yield intense, focused wines, like this citrusy example.
Celery, Grilled Grape and Mushroom Salad
Pairing: 2010 Remo Farina Bianco di Custoza
The Bianco di Custoza region, at the edge of northern Italy's Lake Garda, is an overlooked source for aromatic, light-bodied whites like this one.
Steamed Cockles in Scallion Broth
Pairing: 2011 Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde
A blend of Trajadura, Loureiro, Arinto and Azal Branco grapes, this is bracing, with citrus and green apple notes.
Beet Salad with Watercress and Fresh Pecorino
Pairing: 2010 Seven Hills Riesling
An outstanding value worth stocking by the case for its refreshing, sweet-and-sour lime-and-peach profile.
Shrimp Tacos with Pickled-Red-Onion Salad
Pairing: 2011 Marqués de Cáceres White Rioja
Stainless steel fermentation keeps this white Rioja’s citrus flavors fresh and vibrant.
Stone-Fruit Panzanella with Zabaglione
Pairing: 2011 Lindeman’s Bin 90 Moscato
A light-bodied, slightly sweet white brimming with fragrant lime zest and orange blossom tones.