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OK wine gurus. I am planning a picnic with a middle eastern salad that has chicken/ veggies/mint & a lemon dressing. I might also have tzaziki and stuffed grape leaves. If it was just me, I'd go with beer but it's not. I don't want to search out a middle eastern wine that I know nothing about--would prefer Californian but am open. Suggestions? Thanks!!

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  1. I'd personally go for something like an Alsatian Riesling or Austrian Gruner Veltliner.

    1. May I suggest : a bit closer to the source, and often fairly widely available, are two Greek wines that would go well: a white Robola (from Gentilini, say) for body, aromatics, and acid; and a wonderful rose, Gaia 14-18 h, from the mid-weight and fragrant but good acid Agiorgitiko grape.

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      1. re: bob96

        I agree with looking for Greek wines. I used to live a couple hours from Northern Greece wine country and visited quite a lot. I really love the funky Greek varietals.

        I was going to add that into my reply, but it has been a while since I have had access to Greek wines and don't know what labels are readily available anymore.

        From my experience, it can be hit or miss in domestic stores, and unfortunately, a lot of the Greek wines I stumble upon are often of marginal quality. Boutari is pretty easy to find, but I am usually under-impressed with their bottles sold in the US. I used to buy Kir Yianni rose by the case. Eventually I just found the best Greek restaurant and used their menu as a starting point for finding bottles.

      2. Thanks all. Well unless my local Trader Joe's or Bevmo has any greek wines I will probably go with the Riesling. Would a sparkling wine work here?

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        1. re: sparkareno

          Certainly!
          Since Bevmo is your source, try the Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Rustico ($15)
          http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDeta...

          1. re: RicRios

            Yea! I love Proseco. Thank you everyone for your help.