Weekly Wine Pairings
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.
Mushroom, White Bean, and Fontina Quesadillas with Caramelized Shallot-Dill Sour Cream
Crianza, Rioja - This dry Tempranillo based wine from Spain is perfect for everyday drinking. The oak aging on the wine isn’t too strong and won’t overpower this buttery, cheesy Quesadilla. Suggestion: Bodegas Franco-Españolas Crianza, Rioja, Spain
Grüner Veltliner - Austria’s Grüner is known for being an herbaceous white wine that’s light and zesty. The wine has a touch of white pepper spice and citrus - mostly lime. Suggestion: Mittelbach Tegernseerhof T26 Gruner Veltliner, Austria
Spiced Eggplant Steaks with Lemon-Garlic Couscous
Rosé - When pairing wine with Mediterranean/Middle Eastern style dishes that have a complexity of flavors, spice and heat, go for something pink. Rosés are light, refreshing, and fruit forward. Suggestion: Gabriel Meffre La Chasse Cotes du Rhone Prestige Rose, Rhone, France
Godello - How about a citrusy Spanish wine with this meal? The Spanish Godello is fun - it’s got that tropical fruit and a nice pop of lemon. There’s also a touch of spice. Suggestion: Bodegas Rafael Palacios Bolo Godello, Valdeorras, Spain
Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Sautéed Green Beans
Cabernet - Go big or go home. There aren’t many times when a California Cabernet will always fit the bill. When you have a filet, however, take advantage of the opportunity.
California Rosé - Go with a Rosé that mimics a red. Many California Rosés are made with intent, so some tend to be fuller. Suggestion: St. Supery Rosé, Napa Valley, California
Trout with Sungold & Cucumber Gazpacho Over Wheat Berries
Beaujolais - And we’re not talking about Beaujolais Nouveau, we’re talking Cru Beaujolais. This wine is known for its light to medium-bodied style from the Gamay grape. It's a refreshing wine served with a slight chill that has low tannins and high acid- perfect for a light, flaky fish. It also is an ideal pairing for Feta cheese.
Sauvignon Blanc - A white wine that is higher in acid works really well with tomatoes. I suggest a Sauvignon Blanc from California- Sonoma County, specifically. This wine is perfect for the medium textured fish as well as the gazpacho. Suggestion: Merriam Vineyards Danielle Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, CA