Wine Pairings for the Week of July 18th, 2016


Each week, Wine Specialist Sarah Pierre brings you suggestions to complement your PeachDish meals. Sarah is one of the owners at 3 Parks Wine Shop in Glenwood Park, Atlanta. She paired up with the team of The Shed at Glenwood and The Pig and The Pearl and opened 3 Parks in 2013. Prior to opening the store, she spent most of her career working and managing notable restaurants in Atlanta and New York City. Sarah selects all of the wines that are offered at 3 Parks Wine Shop and also assists in pairing wines for local events and dinners throughout Atlanta.

Sandra Gutierrez's Potato and Chorizo Sopes

Sandra Gutierrez’s Potato & Chorizo Sopes

Tempranillo - A slightly oaked Tempranillo/Crianza is the pairing for this dish. Crianza has moderate tannins with exceptional structure and is such a good, friendly wine, especially when pairing with a spicy Mexican sausage like chorizo. Suggestion: Rioja Bordón de Bodegas Franco-Españolas Crianza, Rioja, Spain

Eggplant Provencal

Eggplant Provencal with Tomatoes, Peppers & Saffron Rice

Chianti - Stay true to the saying “acid loves acid” when pairing wine with this dish. Tomatoes are highly acidic and so is Chianti. Sauteed eggplant, aka melanzana in Italian, also pairs well with Chianti. Suggestion: Melini, Chianti DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

Chicken with Snap Bean, Olive, and Arugula Salad

Chicken with Snap Bean, Olive & Arugula Salad

Gruner Veltliner- Gruner is a go-to salad wine pairing. It is extremely versatile in holding up to the acidic vinaigrette and the proteins in this salad. Additionally, Gruner has a slight herbaceous note that will pair with the green ingredients in the dish. Suggestion: Biohof Pratsch Gruner Veltliner, Austria

Pesto Penne with Summer Squash and Sweet Peppers

Pesto Penne with Summer Squash & Peppers

Vermentino - The classic wine rule “what grows together, goes together” isn't always perfect, but in this case, pesto and vermentino….Perfecto! Bright acidity and citrus aromas are just as unique as pesto. Suggestion: Santadi Villa Solais Vermentino, Sardinia, Italy

Stuffed Eggplant with Farro and Walnuts

Stuffed Eggplant with Farro, Green Beans & Walnuts

Syrah - This dish has a bit of influence from Indian cuisine with the incorporation of ground coriander, yogurt, and eggplant, not to mention the combination of a smoky dish with a spicy smoky wine! Keep your eye out for a California Syrah or Washington Syrah. They tend to be lighter in style with less tannins (not as dry) - which is important for this dish. Suggestion: Copain "Tous Ensemble" Syrah, Mendocino County, CA

Beef and Mushroom Blended Burger with green beans- Blended Burger Project

Beef & Mushroom ‘Blended Burger’ with Spicy Snap Beans

California Cabernet - Go with a classic pairing! With heavier toppings on the burger, stick to richer and bolder reds. Suggestion: Uppercut Cabernet, Napa Valley, California

Summer Harvest Rainbow Roll with Once Again Sun Butter Dipping Sauce

Summer Harvest Rainbow Roll

Oregon Pinot Noir - The ever-so-versatile Pinot Noir will pair perfectly with these rainbow rolls. The earthiness of an Oregon Pinot will work nicely with the vegetables. Suggestion: Love Oregon, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Tomato Pie with Vidalia Onion

Tomato Pie with Vidalia Onion & Herbed Chicken Breast

Italian Pinot Grigio- Pair tomato pie with a crisp and acidic Pinot Grigio. The wine will hold its own to the acidity in the tomatoes and showcase the true flavors of the dish. Suggestion: Ornella Molon Pinot Grigio, Venezia DOC, Italy