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July is the Official Grilling Month, so have the perfect wine to complement your barbeque!
About.com has complied a grill-friendly wine list to match whatever your cooking up this July, and we just had to share it with you!

Grill-friendly Red Varietals to Consider:
Zinfandels will be able to handle a wide variety of red meats. Great with meaty, smokey flavors! Also, good for barbeque sauce, steak sauce, or salsa!

Merlot compliments grilled pork chops, chicken and garden-variety salads with lighter dressings.
Shiraz/Syrah is delicious with just about any red meat. Offering dynamic, fruit flavors, balanced with more mellow tannins and a softer-fuller body. Goes extremely well to smoked brisket.
Cabernet Sauvignon is made for steaks with a higher fat content and burgers of beef or turkey will pair equally well.
Pinot Noir goes with just about everything, and it is an ideal candidate for grilled fish – especially salmon.
Grill-friendly White Varietals to Consider:
Chardonnay is great with grilled fish (including shellfish), chicken with creamy sauces, and grilled corn on the cob with lots of butter!
Riesling is perfect for brats, shrimp, barbecue chicken, grilled pineapple and a variety of grilled veggies.
Sauvignon Blanc compliments herbs and citrus flavors! Try grilled chicken marinated in Italian dressing or a citrus marinade, grilled fish with dill and lemon, or roasted peppers.
Gewurztraminer is a great choice to go with blackened Mahi Mahi, or grilled Cajun chicken with fresh mango salsa.

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Friday is Corn on the Cob Day! We thought the perfect way to celebrate this day was a festive barbecue on a warm summer day.  According to IntoWine, wine has become increasingly popular as a refreshing summertime choice instead of the commonly thought beer choice. They have recommended some great wines to pair with your barbecue.

Zinfandel. Nothing goes better with All-American barbecue than All-American Zin. Their recommendation is the 2005 Shenandoah Vineyards “Special Reserve” Amador Zinfandel.

Rosé. Their recommendation is the Château de Puligny-Montrachet Bourgogne Rosé (Pinot Noir) (approx $17).  There’s nothing better for a barbecue in terms of refreshment and ability to span the range of whatever you put on the grill: sausages, red meat, vegetables, seafood…

Rosé of Cabernet or Merlot. They recommend the 2006 Rosé de Chateau Haut Bailly (Approx $15). A very rich and full-bodied rosé; it is very dry with a lingering aftertaste and a fresh, vibrant palate impression of raspberries and blackberries. This wine has the strength of red Bordeaux to handle barbecued meat, while the crisp acidity is perfect for the heat!

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June is National Rosé Month. In honor of this beautiful summer month, we would like to recommend some great rosé wines we found on about.com.

1. Tapena Rosé (Spain) $12. This rosé from Spain is a delicious blend of Monastrell and Garnacha grapes. The result is a bright pink wine with a tantalizing combination of strawberry, cherry and peach on the palate – great acidity allows for unlimited food pairing combinations! Manufacturer’s Site

2. Ironstone Xpression Rosé 2008 (CA) $8. This California rosé brings incredible dollar value to the summer table. A savory, expressive pink wine that offers a blend of peach, berry and hint of lemon zest – almost an “adult” version of “strawberry lemonade.” Manufacturer’s Site

3. Maison Bouachon 2008 “La Rouviere” (FR) $15. A beautifully balanced rosé wine from Tavel, an AOC in the southern Rhone that is known for their exclusive dibs on rosés. This rosé is a tasty, light-bodied Rhone blend (50% Grenache) with the juicy flavors of strawberry and cranberry on the forefront and a dash of citrus on the palate. Maison Bouachon (an offshoot of Robert Skalli) brings consumers a fresh, well-made rosé from southern France. Manufacturer’s Site