Joshua Wesson of Best Cellars says when you start to pull those burgers and brats off the grill, don't automatically reach for a beer. Wines pair beautifully with grilled foods. The key to success is to think more about the condiments you'll serve than the grilled food itself. These three wines will match any variety of grilled foods.
1. Fetzer 1998 Gewurztraminer, $7
A California Gewurztraminer is the perfect choice for burgers and brats dressed with sweet condiments like sweet pickle relish, ketchup and barbecue sauce. Be a rebel -- drink a white wine with your burger if you have something sweet on it.
2. Mumm Napa Cuvee - Nonvintage, $16
Sparkling wines and Champagnes are the stunt doubles for beer. They are perfect paired with grilled foods dressed with spicy or salty condiments like pickle relish, sauerkraut or mustard.
3. Hogue Cellars Cabernet-Merlot, $10
Medium-bodied with cherry-berry fruit flavors, this wine is perfect for grilled chicken, steaks or the naked burger.
For ultimate wine enjoyment, serve your wine in jam jars when dining al fresco.
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