When you think of summer drinking, you probably think of chilled white wines and fruit-forward rosés. But it turns out that reds are actually great for grilling. We’ve rounded up six wines, plus what to pair them with, so that you’ll be ready for every weekend barbecue ahead.

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If You’re Grilling: Chicken...

Drink this: Truvée 2013 Red Blend ($16)

Syrah, Grenache and Merlot make up this smooth, well-balanced California blend that’s a little fruity and a little spicy. Truvée even has a recipe for a wine barbecue sauce to complete the pairing.

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IF YOU’RE GRILLING SAUSAGE OR PORK...

Drink this: Meiomi 2014 Pinot Noir ($25)

This silky California red with subtle tannins and notes of juicy strawberry pairs perfectly with lighter meats. Pick up a bottle (or two) at Marin Beverage Outlet.

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IF YOU’RE GRILLING BURGERS...

Drink this: 19 Crimes 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon ($12)

No backyard barbecue is complete without burgers straight from the grill. But red meat calls for some structure, so Cabs are key. This one, with notes of dark berries and sweet vanilla oak, is a great complement to a medium-rare patty.

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IF YOU’RE GRILLING CORN ON THE COB OR SHRIMP...

Drink this: Ravenswood 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel ($19)

Super jammy with a hint of vanilla, this hefty Zin is a good match for lighter fare like veggies, seafood or even a summer fruit salad. Serve it slightly chilled for a refreshing barbecue sipper.

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IF YOU’RE GRILLING SPICE-RUBBED SHORT RIBS...

Drink this: Tommasi Rafael 2013 Valpolicella ($20)

The lip-smacking fruit of this Italian red is a great match for smoky, spicy rubs and sauces on richer meats. When served slightly chilled, the bright cherry notes in the wine complement the heat from the rub, creating a layered mix of flavors. Find Tommasi Rafaèl at Nugget Markets.

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IF YOU’RE GRILLING STEAK...

Drink this: E. Guigal 2012 Crozes-Hermitage ($25)

Smooth and sophisticated, this red calls for an equally sophisticated meat--think perfectly grilled filets mignons. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry and spice, plus a good dose of tannin, stand up well to steak. Grab a bottle at Marin Beverage Outlet.

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