Wine Pairings for the Week of December 14th, 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.
Chicken Pot Pie with Cornmeal Drop Biscuits
Oh my, oh my, Winter is finally upon us. Being that I’m a Southern girl, as you could imagine, this isn’t my favorite time of the year. It’s a bit too cold and too dark outside for my liking. But, there are few things that make this season bearable for me - family time during the holidays, comfort food, and wine. This week’s PeachDish is all about the comfort food!
Cabernet Franc - A glass of Cabernet Franc would complement this dish very nicely. I would select a New World style which will have the same red fruit and herbaceous notes, however it will have much more concentration - they tend to be fuller and richer on the palate. Suggestion: Bedell Cellars Cabernet Franc, North Folk, New York
Godello - (go-day-oh) is definitely becoming a favorite of mine. This Spanish grape varietal makes a wine that is extremely food-friendly and tends to be a great alternative to Chardonnay. I’ve also found that with any dish containing mirepoix with chicken you can always grab a glass of Godello. Suggestion: Ladera Sagrada Castelo do Papa Godello, Valdeorras, Spain
Roasted Cauliflower, Fennel & Wheat Salad
Sangiovese - You’ll need a wine with some nice acidity for this dish. The stand-out ingredient in this PeachDish meal is fennel - it’s imperative to pair a wine that can be friends with this sweet, anise-y vegetable. Keep in mind you have tomatoes, mint, olives, and feta - a young Sangiovese/Chianti will be perfect for this salad. Suggestion: Collazzi ‘I Bastioni’ Chianti Classico,, Tuscany, Italy
Verdicchio - Italian whites typically have an affinity to fennel - especially raw fennel. The Verdicchio will also dig the slight tanginess that the tomato will contribute to this salad. If you can’t find a Verdicchio at your local wine shop, look for any Sicilian white - they typically always work with fennel as well. Suggestion: Andrea Felici Verdicchio Dei Castello di Jesi, Sicily
Veggie & Eggs Skillet with Brown Rice
Tempranillo - A light-medium style red wine would be the best option for this dish. The last thing you would want to do is overpower the delicate ingredients that marry together so perfectly in this PeachDish. It’s important to find a wine that will complement the earthy braised greens while never overshadowing the eggs. One might also think about the cuisine in Spain where eggs tend to served during meals regularly - and we’re not talking just breakfast. Avoid a reserva or grand reserva where there is longer oak aging. Suggestion: Finca del Castillo Tempranillo, La Mancha, Spain
Bourgogne Blanc - A moderately priced Chardonnay from Burgundy, France. These wines typically receive little to no oak aging but still have weight and complexity. Suggestion: Domaine de la Tour, Burgundy, France
Pork Chops & Spicy Collards Sandwich with Sweet Potato Wedges
Trollinger (aka Schiava in Italy) - My mouth is watering just thinking about this dish and pairing. When you hear pork chops, collards, and sweet potato, I think people naturally gravitate towards Pinot Noir, as that would be a spot on pairing for this meal. If you can find a bottle of Trollinger in you local wine shop or bottle shop, you’re in for a treat. The wine is fresh with great acid, bright fruit, touch of earthiness, and it is a nice alternative to Pinot Noir. The wine has very soft to little tannin which is exactly what you want when dealing with spicy dishes- super crisp and fresh to wash down the fried pork chop, and fruit pops in the glass for the sweet potato wedges. All around great pairing. Suggestion: Weingut Knauss Trollinger, Wurttemberg, Germany
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 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- not necessarily 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 the ripe red fruit in the Pinot Noir. Suggestion: Van Duzer Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon