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Hey fellow lushes! You ready to fire up the grill this weekend and char some flesh? My kettle cooker

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5 Wines To Drink At Your Holiday Cookout

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Illustration by Andrew Saeger, tHE ARTdept.
Hey fellow lushes! You ready to fire up the grill this weekend and char some flesh? My kettle cooker is on its last legs, sadly. But, then again, I did find it a couple of years ago, abandoned with a "free" sign on the street corner, so the price was right. Think it'll make through this three-day smoke out.

One of the best things about a long weekend is that there's three days to play that endlessly fascinating match game, finding just the right wine to drink with your cookout chow.

Relax, sleep in. Let The Wino show you the way to make seared meat and fermented grape juice bliss. Here are 5 wines that will help make you a hero at your Memorial Day weekend BBQ.

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No. 1: Cupcake Riesling, $10. Sweet! Well, not as sticky sweet as you think it's going to be based on the dessert-y name on the bottle. This one's really more like a tart, tangy popscicle than a cupcake. It's fruity, it's refreshing, it's from Germany, where they know how to make kick-ass Riesling. Mighty fine with seafood and chicken slathered in honey-mustard-Thai chili BBQ sauce.

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No. 2: Stonecap Syrah, $8. This might be your burger's best friend, all fruity and earthy. Just the thing to balance that uber-rich ground beef patty. Oh, you want the secret for making your burger extra decadent? Mix some crispy bacon bits into that meat. So much better than laying slices on top.

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No. 3: Famega Vinho Verde, $8. Who you calling a Vin-HO? Tee-hee. Yup, that's the kinda corny pun you're likely to make after a few glasses of this DRY as a bone dry white from Portugal. I'd buy this beauty just for the pretty bottle, but what's inside is pretty cool, too. Pour it while you're waiting for those pork chops to finish sizzling.

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No. 4: Alamos Malbec, $8. This spicy red from Argentina screams "steak"! Turn and burn a slab of beef, drown it in chimichurri and fill that tumbler full of this super smooth Malbec. After your fourth glass, betcha you'll be moved to dance the tango.

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No. 5: Your choice. Go ahead and drink whatever the hell you like. The only rule in wine and food pairing is there are no rules. Oh, wait. I don't wanna fight. The Wino's all about love, love, love and there's nothing that warms her lard-clogged heart more than seeing people eating and drinking whatever they damn well please. You work hard for your money, so go get your wine on.

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