Summer is a time to unwind, plan vacations, BBQ with friends and family outdoors, head to the beach, and soak up the sunshine! With all these activities the last thing you want to worry about is what type of wine to serve with your meat. Here are some new and classic pairings to consider from Food & Wine.

Grilled Fish + Albariño

Albariño shares Sauvignon Blanc’s grapefruity tang, making it a great partner for grilled fish, yet it has a flinty minerality all its own.
Classic Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Grilled Pork or Beef + Monastrell

Spanish Monastrell, known as Mourvèdre in France, has the same luscious fruit that makes Zinfandel so good with grilled pork, but with a spicy edge that arguably creates an even better match.
Classic Pairing: Zinfandel

Grilled Steak + Malbec

Malbec, like Cabernet, has firm tannins that help it pair beautifully with steak, plus its fruit is as robust and dark.
Classic Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grilled Chicken or Vegetables + Pinot Gris

Classic Pairing: Chardonnay

Grilled Salmon + Cru Beaujolais

Classic Pairing: Pinot Noir

More Classic Summer Wine Pairings

On the Grill:
 Barbecued ribs, leg of lamb, steaks
In the Bottle:
 Powerful, tannic red: Cabernet Sauvignon, French Syrah

On the Grill:
 Hamburgers, sausages
In the Bottle: 
Rich, fruity red: Zinfandel, Australian Shiraz

On the Grill:
 Grilled tofu, pork chops, steak salad
In the Bottle:
 Medium-bodied, tangy red: Sangiovese, Grenache

On the Grill: 
Shrimp, scallops, lobster
In the Bottle:
 Succulent, minerally white: Pinot Gris

On the Grill: 
Halibut or other light fish, vegetables, citrus marinades
In the Bottle:
 Aromatic, zesty white: Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño

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