PeachDish – Weekly Wine Pairings
September 09, 2015 by Sarah Pierre

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.


Salmon Croquettes with Dill Sauce & Gem Lettuce Salad

Champagne - Smoked salmon and Champagne go hand in hand. The Champagne will be great with these Croquettes!

Pinot Nero Bianco - A White Pinot Noir would be my smoked salmon croquette wine pairing. This one is much richer than the average white wine because it is made with red grapes - not white. You’ll find more of these in Italy and Germany, but lately more and more Oregon producers are making White Pinot Noirs. Suggestion: Vercesi del Castellazzo Pinot Nero Bianco "Gugiarolo", Lombardy, Italy

Chicken with Muscadines & Mashed Potatoes

Garnacha - A lighter red wine that possesses a stewed/cooked fruit characteristic often mistaken for sweet wine, Garnacha will pair with this Chicken Véronique dish that is sweet and savory.

Viognier - This white wine has a touch of sweetness that will mirror this dish - apricots, peach, and honeysuckle jump out of the glass. You will also find a nice rich texture that will also complement this dish. Suggestion: Idle Cellars Viognier, Sonoma County, CA

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas with Jalapeno Chimichurri

Carmenere - Fortunately, the ingredients in this quesadilla pair well with many red wines, so I decided to focus on the spicy chimichurri sauce. Carmenere is the best pick. It's a medium bodied wine that won’t overpower the sweet potatoes, and it is highly herbaceous (making it a perfect match for the herb and spice of the sauce). Suggestion: Casa Lapostolle Carmenere, Chile

Sauvignon Blanc - A chilled, crisp glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc will hit the spot. It’s a classic pairing for quesadillas - and especially the Chimichurri sauce. Suggestion: Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Roasted Salmon with Grits, Okra & Paprika Vinaigrette

Pinot Noir - This classic southern dish needs a wine that has acidity to cleanse the richness of the salmon, grits, and okra. Suggestion: Trisaetum Ribbon Ridge Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Pinot Gris - The weight and richness of the wine will be a great match for this salmon entree. Because there is a vinaigrette present (acid), you won’t necessarily need that in the wine. I would reach for a Pinot Gris from Oregon if you can find one.

Carolina Gold Rice Pilaf with Feta & Sunflower

Cabernet Franc - I would go with an easy drinking French red wine. Cabernet Franc is medium bodied and tends to have herbal notes that complement many dishes. This wine also pairs well with feta. Suggestion: Domaine Laroque Rouge, Cite de Carcassonne, France.

Pouilly-Fumé - 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. This is a perfect salmon pairing as well as feta cheese pairing. This wine has a ton of structure, a touch of smokiness, and minerality. This wine is delicious!

Beef Medallions, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Sauteed Green Beans

Cabernet - Go big or go home. There aren’t many times where California Cabernets 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

Curried Chicken Breasts with Bok Choy & Basmati Rice

Merlot - Ideally with curry dishes, whether spicy or mild, if you’re going to choose a red wine to pair with your meal, it needs to be a softer, fruit-driven red. You want to avoid dry/tannic wines or wines that have too much oak presence. Try a fruit forward, easy drinking Chilean Merlot. Suggestion: Vina Ventisquero Reserva Merlot, Maipo Valley, Chile

Chardonnay - Surprisingly, Chardonnay pairs really well with curry - especially mild curries such as this one. Stay clear of the oaked Chardonnays - primarily from California. Suggestion: Tabali Chardonnay Reserva Especial, Limari Valley, Chile.


Wine Garnacha Champagne Pinot Gris Merlot Viognier