Wine Pairings for the Week of November 24th, 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.
Zeb Stevenson's Chicken & Dumplings
Pinot Noir - An earthy Pinot Noir will hit the spot. You’ll want to find a red wine that has a nice amount of acidity that will cut through the delicate richness of the soup and the dumplings. The wine is also light enough to really allow all of the flavors and ingredients in the soup to be expressed. Suggestion: Nicolas Pinot Noir, France
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - This Southern, creamy soup can stand up to a full bodied white wine. If you can find a Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc at your local wine shop, you might have a new white wine go-to. The wines are full and rich in texture with spice and fruit jumping out of the glass. Enjoy a glass with this Southern classic! Suggestion: Mont Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Rhone, 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. 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.
Mustard Greens & Tasso Potlikker with Noodles
Dolcetto - This Italian red grape varietal grown mainly in Piedmont, Italy means “little sweet one,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s sweet. It ranges from medium bodied and slightly tannic to super fruit forward with little to no tannin. For this PeachDish, you’ll want the fruit forward Dolcetto with little tannin. You’ll want to balance the saltiness from the tasso and the earthiness from the mustard greens with a fruity, soft, red wine. Suggestion: Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
Pinot Gris - You’ll want a wine that is off dry with this dish. You do not necessarily want a sweet wine since there isn’t any spice/heat to the dish but a wine that has a touch of sweetness or highly expressive fruit. Suggestion: Elk Cove Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Hanger Steak with Mushroom-Shallot Sauce, Kale & Apple Salad
Oregon Pinot Noir - Just because you’re eating a steak doesn’t mean you have to pair it with a Cabernet. A nice glass of Oregon Pinot Noir will pair perfectly with this PeachDish. Here’s why: there’s an earthiness in the wine that mirrors the earthiness in the dish coming from the kale and the mushroom. The sweetness of the shallots and apples works alongside with the ripe red fruit in the Pinot Noir. Suggestion: Van Duzer Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Thanksgiving Option! Holiday Sides for 4 with 8lb Brined Turkey or 8lb Cider Cured Ham
It’s my favorite time of the year and hands down one of my favorite holidays- mainly because I get to eat an abundance of herbed, savory, creamy, and cheesy dishes. It doesn’t really get any better than that. For the 2015 PeachDish Holiday meal kits, grab a bottle of the following:
Sparkling Wine/Champagne - There are so many reasons to pop open a bottle of Champagne, but any of these meals truly call for it. There’s sweet, there’s salty, there’s creamy, there’s smoky - all the reasons to enjoy a glass of sparkling with these holiday selections. Suggestion: Terraze Dell'Etna Brut Rosé, Sicily, Italy
Gamay - A Thanksgiving Dinner must have is a glass of Beaujolais. It’s not a holiday meal without one. This wine is light with bright red fruit and soft tannins. Poultry, specifically turkey, will always be a suggested food pairing with Gamay and you’ll be pretty impressed when serving it with the Sorghum & Cider Cured Ham. Look out for Beaujolais Nouveau which comes out in stores the week of Thanksgiving. The wine is ridiculously fresh, as it’s bottled and shipped 6-8 weeks after harvest! If you’ve enjoyed Beaujolais every year for the holidays and you want to try something new, look for a bottle of Gamay from Loire Valley. Suggestion: Jean-Francois Mérieau "Le Bois Jacou", Loire, France
Pinot Blanc - You’ll be pleasantly surprised when pairing Pinot Blanc with your holiday meal. This “Winter White” has a rich, full bodied texture and is aromatic with notes of baking spice, stewed spiced pears, honeysuckle, apple, pepper, and even smoke. It’s pretty much Thanksgiving in a glass. Suggestion: St. Innocent Freedom Hill Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Rosé - I will always suggest this for every meal - especially when there are so many flavors and dishes. Rosé is such a versatile food pairing wine. Red grapes made in a dry white wine style - there are so many different versions of Rosé. For Thanksgiving, I suggest a glass of Chinon Rose. They are usually 100% Cabernet Franc and are dry, dark in color, zippy, fresh, and with bright fruit and citrus notes. Suggestion: Domaine de Pallus Chinon Messanges Rosé, Loire, France