Wine Pairings for Week of November 17th, 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.
Honey-Drizzled Cabbage with Pecans & Crumbled Feta
For both the red and white wine pairings, you’ll want to make sure to select a wine that has some sweetness to mimic the sweetness of the dish.
Lambrusco - Lambrusco can be sweet, semi-sweet, or dry. You’ll want to make sure you select a semi-sweet. Not only will the sweetness of the dish coincide with the slight sweetness of the wine, you’ll also be pleased with the low tannin Lambrusco and cheese pairing. Grab a bottle of the semi-sweet fizzy red wine and enjoy!
Riesling - Riesling tends to be a wonderful pairing for dishes with feta cheese. The salty cheese partners very nicely with the sweetness of the white wine. The touch of sugar in the Reisling will be enhanced due to the cheese and will make it a winner for this honey’d meal.
Chicken with Mac-n-Cheese & Broccolini
Chenin Blanc - Surprisingly, an off-dry Chenin from the Loire Valley will pair perfectly with this Southern household favorite. The touch of sweetness from the wine will counter the saltiness of the cheese. Just think of a cheese plate: there is always something sweet on the board whether it is local honey or quince paste - that’s what a glass of Chenin will do for this PeachDish. Suggestion: Remy Pannier Vouvray, Loire, France
Zinfandel - Everyone’s favorite meal should be paired with a classic American Zinfandel. This jammy, fruity, red wine will pair wonderfully with the creamy cheese. Suggestion: Quivira Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, California
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts & Oyster Mushrooms with Gnocchi & Lemon
Pinot Noir - Pair a glass of a dry, earthy, mineral driven Pinot Noir from Oregon with this PeachDish. The Brussels sprouts and mushrooms are the reasons to go right to a Pinot Noir. Suggestion: Van Duzer Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Albarino - The wine is fresh, bright, and with citrus notes - lemon. This Spanish white wine is a winner for this “pasta” dish. Suggestion: Alvaro Cereceda Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain
Chorizo, Sweet Potato & Kale Caldo
Tempranillo - A slightly oaked Tempranillo/Crianza is the pairing for this dish. Crianza has moderate tannins with exceptional structure and is such a good friendly wine- especially when pairing with a Spanish sausage. Suggestion: Rioja Bordón de Bodegas Franco-Españolas Crianza, Rioja, Spain
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. 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.