Picture the scene: Blue sky, green grass, soft picnic blanket below and, in one hand, a vibrant pink wedge of watermelon (preferably salted). In the other hand, of course, is a glass of wine. But what kind? That part is less straightforward.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019ve ever been disappointed by artificial watermelon flavor, you know that the fruit is incredibly complex and hard to reproduce. It\u2019s often used as a descriptor in tasting notes, so it feels like watermelon tastes only, and distinctly, like watermelon. But there are plenty of nuances to play with when you reach for a bottle. Stick to something light-bodied, chill it well and read on to initiate your own watermelon-pairing experimentation.\r\n\r\n\r\nHoney\r\nA good, ripe watermelon (look for yellow spots on the rind and a melon that feels heavy for its size) has a rich, lingering, honeyed sweetness. You want a wine with a similar character but that\u2019s also light in body, to match the melon\u2019s ethereal texture. Look for a crisp wine with some residual sugar; off-dry Vouvray is a good option.\r\nCandy\r\nIn addition to that long honey characteristic, watermelon has a bright, fruity sugar rush that hits you right up front. A pale Proven\u00e7al ros\u00e9 will have a complementary candy-watermelon flavor, but it\u2019s balanced by enough acidity to keep the combination from being cloying.\r\nHerbal\r\nIf you\u2019ve ever enjoyed watermelon in a salad with feta and mint or basil, you know that the fruit has an herbaceous quality that loves salty, savory flavors. Mimic the bracing tang and salt of the cheese with a white wine that has some salinity, like Greek Assyrtiko or Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand\u2019s Awatere Valley, which also has well-matched herb notes.\r\nCitrus\r\nThe deeper the color of the watermelon, the more lycopene it has. This is a chemical that naturally occurs in some fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes. It can break down into flavor compounds reminiscent of lemon or lime. Pairing it with a citrusy sparkling wine, like a Cava or Corpinnat from Pened\u00e8s, will make a cool, refreshing treat.