Wine Pairings for Week of November 10th, 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.
Red Lentil & Celery Soup with Apple, Date & Arugula Salad
Sparkling Wine - Specifically Cremant de Limoux - A sparkling wine/Champagne will be perfect for this creamy fresh bean and celery soup. It will also bring out the flavors of the apples. Suggestion: Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut, Languedoc, France
Grüner Veltliner - This aromatic white wine is a fun pairing for this dish. Grüner Veltliner is an Austrian white that often times can be herbaceous with a touch of white pepper, lemon & lime notes, and other citrus fruit.
Nancie McDermott’s Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Cajun-Style
Cotes du Rhone - A perfect pairing for gumbo. This red wine, which is usually Grenache based, is more fruit forward. A touch of spice lends itself to be a great match for a spicy, Southern, flavorful stew/soup. Suggestion: Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone, France
Chenin Blanc - Vouvray - from the Loire Valley. When you think Chicken & Sausage Gumbo and white wine, you want a wine that is rich and higher in acid. This Chenin Blanc is off-dry and will be an outstanding option, especially with a touch of spice in the dish. A sparkling Vouvray (Chenin) will also be great, too. Suggestion: Domaine Didier Champalou, Vouvray Sec, Loire, France
Pork & Apple Stuffed Collard Greens
Red Burgundy - A French Pinot Noir is the way to go for this Southern influenced Mediterranean Dolma. When a dish has pork, apples, mustard, and greens, there is no other wine that screams “pick me”. All of the components in this PeachDish pair perfectly with the bright, lighter, earthy, fruity French Red Burgundy. Suggestion: Louis Chevallier Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France
White Burgundy - 100% Chardonnay from Burgundy, France. This food friendly white wine possesses citrus and apple notes, and depending on where it’s from in Burgundy, you will find expressive minerality from the Limestone soil. Suggestion: Laurent Tribut Chablis, Burgundy, France
Stewed Mushrooms & Freekeh with Hazelnuts
Chianti - Sangiovese pairs wonderfully with dishes that have tomato as a base ingredient. This flavorful, earthy, and hearty dish will be a great match for Italy’s most common grape varietal. Suggestion: Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva
Verdicchio - This high acid white wine is citrusy, nutty, and fresh. Enjoy a glass with this PeachDish.
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. The 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