PeachDish – Weekly Wine Pairings
September 16, 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.

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Sweet Potato & Chard Risotto with Parmesan, Rosemary & Nutmeg

Sangiovese - Look for an IGT Sangiovese/Chianti which you can identify by looking at the white regulation label on the neck of the bottle. These wines tend to be less complex and more fruit forward.

Albarino - The Spanish white grape varietal, Albarino, exhibits lots of warm mandarin and floral notes that will pair well with the nutmeg and the sweet potatoes. There is minerality present in this wine for the parmesan cheese, and of course, acid is your friend and is perfect for a creamy risotto.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Roasted Pepper Salad & Chevre

Rosé - I personally wouldn’t pair a red wine with this dish. For an ideal pairing, I would choose a rosé or a white wine. Grab a bottle of sparkling rosé for this fried tomato Southern classic!

Gruner Veltliner - A Nikolaihof Gruner typically has more fruit flavors resulting in a great match for the tomatoes. Gruner Veltliner and goat cheese are also wonderful pairings.

Chicken with Apples & Radishes over Pearl Couscous

Langhe Rosso - This Italian red is a blend of Nebbiolo & Barbera. The structure of this wine will come from the Nebbiolo and the balance of the fruit and soft tannins will come from the Barbera. You don’t want a wine too full bodied or too dry to overpower this PeachDish meal.

Chablis - 100% Chardonnay from Burgundy, France. Chablis is typically unoaked- aged in stainless steel- resulting in crisp, fresh white wines. The wines are tart, chalky, and apple-y.

Pork Burgers with Mango Salsa & Garlicky Kale

Oregon Pinot Noir - This Oregon favorite is always a winner when pairing with pork burgers. The earthiness of the wine will also be a great pairing for the garlicky sauteed kale.

Pinot Gris - We can really focus on the fruit component of this dish by pairing it with a wine that has tropical and citrus notes. Oregon Pinot Gris also exhibit a touch of minerality.

Beef Medallions, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Sauteed Green Beans

Cabernet - Go big or go home. There aren’t many times when 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

Salmon Croquettes with Dill Sauce & Gem Lettuce Salad

Champagne - Smoked Salmon and Champagne go hand in hand. Champagne will be great with these croquettes!

Pinot Nero Bianco - A White Pinot Noir would be my smoked salmon croquette wine pairing. Much richer than the average white wine because it's 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

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.

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