Wine Pairings for the Week of October 27th, 2015
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 & Eggplant Stir-fry with Black Rice
Dolcetto - This wine is extremely versatile for so many reasons which is why it is often paired with Asian dishes. It’s a light red with just the right amount of acid, expressive fruit, and light-medium tannins (dryness).
Riesling - A sweet and spicy stir-fry pairs wonderfully with a white wine that has a touch of sweetness. An off-dry Riesling is always the way to go - it’s a standard pairing for Asian dishes! This wine complements the sweetness of the dish from the carrots and the Chinese Southern Belle My Sweet Hottie Sauce. You also want an off-dry wine to combat the spiciness of the meal - if you choose to spice it up, that is. Suggestion: Trimbach Riesling, Alsace, France
Roasted Beet, Apple & Arugula Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing
Sparkling Wine/Cava - A sparkling wine would be perfect for this dish! It will complement the richness of the dressing, accentuate the apples in the salad, and shake hands with the beets (which tend to be a tough pairing). Cava is to Spain as Champagne is to France. Suggestion: Segura Viudas Heredad Reserva Brut Cava, Catalonia, Spain
Sparkling Rosé works as well!
Tostadas with Chicken, Sweet Potatoes & Black Beans
Carmenere - Fortunately, the ingredients of this tostada pair well with many red wines. Carmenere is the best pick. It’s a medium bodied wine that won’t overpower the sweet potatoes, and because it is highly herbaceous, tt will be a perfect match for the herbs and spices. 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 Latin dishes - working really well with cilantro and tomatillos. Suggestion: Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
Halloween Three Bean Chili
I normally default right to beer for chili, but this vegetarian, Three Bean Chili definitely has the potential to be elevated with a nice glass of wine.
Côtes du Rhône - A grenache based Côtes du Rhône will be medium bodied, have moderate alcohol, and will be a perfect fruit forward wine partner for chili. Suggestion: Domaine Mas de Jallon Côtes du Rhône, France
Provence Rosé - One of the few “white” wines that I would drink with chili. Suggestion: Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé, Provence, France
Fall Permanent Menus Pairings
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.
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 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
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.