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.
Quinoa & White Bean Veggie Burgers with Potato Wedges
Cotes du Rhone - Even though this is a burger, you still want to lean towards a wine that isn’t too full bodied or too dry. Fortunately, in addition to quinoa, you have white beans in the “burger” patty. White beans generally are soft, rich and creamy - more so than most beans. A wine with structure and a bit of tannin will work for this meal. A moderately priced Cotes du Rhone will be perfect. Suggestion: Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône, France
California Chardonnay - Chardonnay is a beautifully textured white wine that will work wonderfully with this dish. You can skip the California Chardonnay that is overly oaked and has that toasty, butter characteristic. Suggestion: Lioco Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California
Stuffed Summer Squash & Carolina Gold Rice
Barbera - The caramelized onions in the squash stuffing will add a touch of sweetness to the dish so match that with an Italian Barbera. Suggestion: Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Sauvignon Blanc - A Sauvignon Blanc, specifically from California, will be perfect. It will pair with the cheese and the sweet onions and peppers in this dish. The addition of fresh herbs will also bring out the herbaceous notes of the wine. Suggestion: St. Francis Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma, California
Grilled Grass-fed Burgers with Avocado and Elote
Cru Beaujolais - A burger with a twist! I love Mexican variations of dishes and when there isn’t too much spice it opens up a lot of options for wine pairings. I think this particular burger will work well with the lighter, slightly earthy and fruity Gamay. Suggestion: Stephane Aviron Fleurie, Burgundy, France
Sauvignon Blanc - A crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. Great pairing for Mexican style dishes. Suggestion: 2013 Patient Cottat "Le Grand Caillou" Sauvignon Blanc
Pork Lettuce Wraps, with Cucumber-Sesame Rice Noodles
Pinot Noir - Pair this Asian dish with a Pinot Noir. It’s a classic pairing that works because of the light tannins, fruit integration, and its ability to handle the spice of the dish.
Pinot Gris - I would go for a Pinot Gris from Oregon that has a touch of sugar - just a touch. This Pork Lettuce Wrap isn’t going to have lingering heat, so you don’t have to have sugar to balance the spice. Suggestion: Elk Cove Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon