Red wine: 2006 George Duboeuf Chiroubles Beaujolais, $12 Pure and bright, with aromas of lilac and violets, this great sipping wine isn’t bubble-gummy, like many Beaujolais. Nice with salty or sweet bites.
White wine/rosé: 2006 Big House Pink, $10 It’s a snappy rosé: as refreshing as a white wine yet as substantial as a red one. The watermelon, guava, and tart raspberry flavors can handle cheese, nuts, and spicy olives.
Beer: Harpoon India Pale Ale, $8.50 for a six-pack A real thirst-quencher, this selection has a vibrant, bitter, and slightly fruity edge that goes well with many snack foods.
Red wine: 2005 Michele Chiarlo “Le Orme” Barbera D’Asti, $14 Not too heavy, the moderately full wine has tasty notes of plum and grapes. It’s perfect alongside zesty dressings.
White wine/rosé: Broadbent Vinho Verde, $12 This Portuguese winner is a remarkably fresh, light wine with the appeal of floral scents and citrus zest. Low in alcohol, it won’t overwhelm more delicate foods.
Beer: Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, $8 for a six-pack Brewed with coriander, cloves, and orange peel, the ale is the quintessential brew to pair with summer salads.