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.
Sausage & Broccolini Sandwich with Aged Provolone
Barbera - This sandwich opens the door to a lot of different red wines - Spanish, Italian, and French. I could see this being a recipe that will become a household mainstay. My friends would go nuts over this sandwich! A Barbera D’Alba will be such a treat to pair with the Italian sausage and fennel-spiced broccolini. Barbera is an Italian dry red wine that complements so many dishes. A perfect amount of fruit on the wine - berries, plums, & dark cherry - balance with high acidity and notes of lavender, anise, a touch of vanilla and baking spice. Suggestion: Pio Cesare Barbera D’Alba Piedmont, Italy
Albariño - Albariño is one of the major wine grapes in Spain with some of the best bottles coming from Rias Biaxas in Galicia. The wines are a lot more complex than your common white grape varietals; they have a distinct amount of zesty acidity and minerality, salinity, body, citrus notes, and tropical pineapple flavors. This fun white wine will be a perfect pairing with the Italian sausage and broccolini cooked in garlic, fennel seed, and a squeeze of lemon. Suggestion: Alvaro Cereceda Val Do Salnes Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain
Hanger Steak with Spaghetti Squash & Okra Sauté
Merlot - That’s right, Merlot. I’m so glad people are drinking Merlot again. The wine pairs with so many dishes, as it’s not as tannic (dry) as Cabernet but still has that full, rich mouthfeel that people love in their red wines. And most importantly, unlike Cabernet, Merlot pairs with tomatoes - especially tomato-based Italian dishes. Suggestion: Provenance Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, Cabernet
Sauvignon Blanc - Pair your favorite crisp, white Sauvignon Blanc with this squash, tomato, and okra sauté. Sauvignon Blanc is a classic tomato pairing, and will also assist in cutting the distinct texture of the okra.
Sweet Potato, Tempeh “Bacon” & Kale Salad with Cider-Honey Vinaigrette
Carmenère - When pairing dark, earthy leafy greens, Carmenère always comes to mind. The wine has a nice herbaceous characteristic that always has you coming back for more. This wine also has a smoky flavor that will mimic and enhance the smoked “bacon” component of the dish. Suggestion: Alto Los Romeros Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Ziti with Roasted Cauliflower, Rosemary & Green Olives
Provence Rosé - You don’t want to overpower this lighter pasta dish with a wine that won’t let the few ingredients of the meal shine. I would immediately select a rosé from Provence, France. They are wonderful wines to pair with olives as well as the aromatic herb, rosemary. Suggestion: Hecht & Bannier Rosé, Provence, France
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 for a creamy risotto.
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
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. 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.