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August's wine list: 5 perfect food and wine pairings

Liven up dinner with a perfect wine pairing, hand-picked for you by sommelier Jamie Drummond.
Food and wine pairings. (iStock Photos.) Food and wine pairings. Photo, iStock.

From a smoky-sweet chardonnay to crisp German riesling, these are the wines to pair with this month's dinner recipes.

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Beringer Chardonnay, California, $20.

Exotic peach aromas echo the fruit in this meal. Meanwhile, citrus, a smoky-sweet oak spice and rich summer fruit flavours balance the pairing.

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Bollini Pinot Grigio, Italy, $19.

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Hailing from the higher altitudes of Trentino, Italy, this fresh white marries ripe pear, honey, nuts and spice with a good snap of acidity. It's a perfect match with this fruity salad.

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13th Street Detour Riesling/Chardonnay, Ontario, $17.

Ontario is currently producing some excellent and unusual blended wines, like this riesling and chardonnay combo. Its subtle lemon, lime and apricot flavours highlight any salty-spicy dish.

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Carl Reh Riesling Kabinett, Germany, $12.

Pair it with: Serrano chili ceviche.

Due to this dish's acidity and heat, matching a wine to it can be a bit tricky. But this crisp German riesling, with just a touch of sweetness and aromatics of Granny Smith apples and limes, complements it perfectly.

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Flat Rock Cellars Unplugged Chardonnay, Ontario, $17.

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This unadorned chardonnay (made without the use of oak barrels) is extremely food-friendly. Reminiscent of pears, apples and white flowers, it pairs well with the nuts and citrus in this salad.

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