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The best wines for the Fourth of July

Whether you grill chicken, meat or fish, we've

Whether you grill chicken, meat or fish, we've got some of our top wine picks to pair with your Fourth of July cookout. Credit: Fotolia

Start your fireworks with American wines. These will go with what's on the Fourth of July grill.

Chicken: Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc. 2013 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($25) has a hint of citrus; 2014 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc ($28) is a crisp, clean choice.

Steaks and burgers: Cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel. 2013 Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon ($20) has a peppery note; 2012 Mettler Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($25), spice and cassis. Focused and full of black fruit is the 2012 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon ($38). Splurge on the rich, 2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($95). 2012 Quivira Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Zinfandel ($22) offers black cherry; 2013 Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel ($18), plum and cherry.

Tuna, salmon: Pinot Noir. 2013 On Point Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($36) and 2013 Christinna's Cuvee Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($36) are balanced, forward, berried. Enjoy the complex, refined, red-fruit driven 2013 Patz ... Hall Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast PinotNoir ($70).

Shrimp, lobster: Chardonnay. Full-bodied, creamy, lemony 2013 Franciscan Estate Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay ($40); and 2013 Talbott Vineyards Chardonnay Kali Hart ($20), with tropical fruit.

Ribs: Pork, a dry rosé, such as the 2014 SIMI Sonoma County Dry Rosé ($14); for beef, zinfandel, or a red blend, such as the juicy 2012 BEAST Wildebeest ($25).

Hot dogs: Any red Zinfandel And on the side: get good chips, and sample zinfandel-spurred Ravenswood Salsa Borracha (12-oz. jar, $8) and Ravenswood Salsa Macha by La Fundidora (4-oz., $7), via ravenswoodwinery.com.

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