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.
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.
Potato & Chickpea Curry with Lime 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. It will also be perfect for the added acidity from tomatoes. Suggestion: Vina Ventisquero Reserva Merlot, Maipo Valley, Chile
Pinot Gris - If you decide you’d rather not pair your curry dish with Chardonnay, seek out a bottle of Pinot Gris which also is a great match for curry. Suggestion: Maysara Arsheen Pinot Gris, McMinnville, Oregon
Chicken & Dumplings with Field Peas
Pinot Noir - An earthy Pinot Noir will hit the spot. You’ll want to find a red wine that has a nice amount of acidity that will cut through the delicate richness of the soup and the dumplings. We can hang on to summer with a nice glass of Pinot. Suggestion: Nicolas Pinot Noir, France
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - This southern, creamy soup can stand up to a full-bodied white wine. If you can find a Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc at your local wine shop, you might have a new white wine go-to. These wines are full and rich in texture with spice and fruit jumping out of the glass. Enjoy a glass with southern classic! Suggestion: Mont Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Rhone, France
Sungold Tomato & Chevre Pita Pizza with Zucchini Salad
Beaujolais - If you’re going to go with a red wine, pick something that is lighter and softer. You definitely don’t want a wine with a lot of tannin. Beaujolais (Gamay) is perfect - light, delicate fruit, perfect amount of acid, and very little tannins.
Sauvignon Blanc - Particularly a Sancerre. It has a way with goat cheese that makes you go back for seconds. Suggestion: Domaine Fournier Pere et Fils Sancerre, France
Kielbasa-Veggie Sauté with Sliced Tomatoes & Grits
Nero d'Avola - When pairing red wines with sausage, I generally select reds that are a touch lighter in body, high acidity, and soft tannins. Same goes for pairing with tomatoes. This Sicilian, fruity, spicy, earthy, dark-colored red is exactly that. Suggestion: Tasca D’Almerita Lamuri Nero D'Avola
Sauvignon Blanc - Sauvignon Blanc is a classic pairing for fresh tomatoes. The sausage-veggie saute tossed in herbs will be a wonderful match for an herbaceous white wine. Suggestion: Craggy Range Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand