Summer Grilling Whites

5 great grilled chicken recipes and the wines that work perfectly with them


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Grilled Chicken with Italian Salsa

Here’s a real celebration of summer! Using the freshest tomatoes will really rock this recipe, though I would be tempted, nay obligated, to drop the Balsamic vinegar, as red wine would work better, and the orange juice concentrate from this recipe. I’m thinking fresh peaches, quickly pureed instead. So what we end up with is lightly fruity, tart, and richly tomatoey herb-scented grilled chicken. This could work with so many wines I don’t know where to begin, since I’m going to have to stay away from Sauvignon Blanc for the moment. Recommending another Sauvy would just be boooring. So where do we go? How about Italy! For better or worse I’m thinking of Lagrein rose, which is not what springs to mind when one thinks of Italy and tomatoes, but the deep fruit of Lagrein with it’s subtle herbal edge makes it perfect for this recipe.

Two to try:

Cantina Convento Muri-Gries Lagrein Rose ($17)

Alois Lageder Lagrein Rose ($17)


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