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Wine Pairings for the Week of August 29th, 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.

Whitney Otawka's Low Country Boil with Smoked Paprika Butter

Whitney Otawka's Low Country Boil with Smoked Paprika Butter

Cava - Or something sparkling or effervescent. When I think of a Low Country Boil, I think of something with fizz. It’s exactly what you’ll want and need to cleanse your palate while eating spicy andouille sausage and Old Bay’d potatoes, corn, and shrimp. Suggestion: Bodegas Naveran Brut Cava, Penedes, Spain

Black Eyed Pea Salad with Masa Cakes

Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Masa Cakes

Sancerre - Not only is Sancerre being the best pairing for goat cheese, it really shines when paired with feta cheese. This Sauvignon Blanc also works well with spring onions and herbs. The wines are incredible! Suggestion: Henri Bourgeouis “Les Bourgeois” Sancerre, Loire Valley, France

Chicken with Tomato, Cucumber, & Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Chicken with Tomato, Cucumber & Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Falanghina - An Italian white, with body and richness. I’ve even seen it compared to Chardonnay, but with much higher acidity which is exactly what you want with a tomato and mozzarella salad dressed with a creamy lemon vinaigrette. Lots of citrus, mineral, and herb notes in this wine. Suggestion: Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina, Campania, Italy

Vidalia Onion Quesadilla with Fresh Guacamole

Vidalia Onion Quesadilla with Fresh Guacamole

Grenache Blanc - This food friendly white wine is generally blended, but can be found as a single variety if you look hard. The wine is fresh, with expressive fruit notes. Suggestion: Idle Cellars Grenache, Sonoma County, CA

Pork Chops and Grits with Arugula, Fig, & Muscadine

Pork Chops, Grits with Arugula, Fig & Muscadine Salad

Oregon Pinot Noir - Pork Chops & Pinot us. Specifically Oregon Pinot Noir when paired with spicy arugula and sweet figs and muscadine. Suggestion: Van Duzer Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Late Summer Superfood Salad

Late Summer SuperFood Salad

Rosé - A crisp glass of Provence Rosé paired with this green summer salad is absolutely the way to go. Suggestion: Château Saint Pierre, Provence

Gnocchi with Chicken, Pesto, and Snap Beans

Gnocchi with Chicken, Pesto & Snap Beans

Gavi - Also known as Gavi, this Italian white from Piedmont, Italy will be a great partner to the earthy, fresh, and lively pasta dish. Gavi is a light and zesty wine with a pop of lemon that will really complement this dish. It is generally inexpensive, food friendly, and should be consumed young. Suggestion: Riva Leone Gavi, Piedmont, Italy

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

Eggplant Provencal with Saffron Rice

Eggplant Provencal with Tomatoes, Peppers & Saffron Rice

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