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    Wenatchee World Eric Degeman and Andy Purdue

    Summer usually means spending more time outside, which often leads to preparing much of our food on the grill. With the abundance of fresh ingredients available, chilled white wines are perfect summertime pairings.

    We love loading our grills with salmon, halibut and tuna, as well as scallops, prawns and oysters. All of these pair with crisp white wines such as Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

    For a simple-to-make sauce to top grilled salmon, combine a half-cup of plain yogurt with two teaspoons of lemon juice and a quarter-teaspoon of fresh dill. As you grill the salmon, baste it with a bit of olive oil and top with some more lemon juice and fresh dill.

    Grilling chicken or pork chops go nicely with Chardonnays that aren’t too heavily oaked (which thankfully is the trend these days), as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Pinot Gris.

    Or try grilling a pizza with a pesto sauce topped with red onions, mushrooms, sliced bell peppers, olives and zucchinis. Break out just about any white wine with this summer treat.

    Stick your wine in the fridge at least a couple of hours before dinner, then pull out the bottle when you start grilling. It should be at the perfect serving temperature by the time the food hits the plate.

    Here are some delicious and reasonably priced white wines we’ve tasted in recent weeks that will go beautifully with your summer grilling adventures.

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