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Wine Pairings for the Week of January 18th, 2016

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.


Cheeseburgers with Fresh Greens & Sweet Potato Salad

Lirac - If you wanted to combine the ambition of a Chateauneuf du Pape and the easy drinking of Cotes Du Rhône, you may just come up with the wines of Lirac. Located on the western side of the Rhône River, these Grenache based wines are the secret of the Rhône. We're taking a spin on this American classic by pairing this rustic wine with a modern version of "meat and potatoes." Look out for some intense color and aroma followed by flavor full of character, spice, and dynamic fruit. Suggestion: Famille Bréchet Plateau Des Chênes Rouge, Lirac, France


Kale, Feta & Sun-Dried Tomato Tartlettes

Assyrtiko - A refreshing Greek white wine that won't disappoint. Known as the "Chablis of Southern Europe," this wine's racy acidity will cut through the feta cheese and perfectly balance the strong flavor of the sun-dried tomatoes. This wine pairs well with a variety of Greek-inspired salads as well as fish and shellfish. Suggestion: Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini, Greece

Frappato from Sicily - This is definitely a niche wine but one worth hunting down. Grown primarily on the island of Sicily, this fresh red wine pairs well with lighter dishes and salads. Find a bottle with a couple years of age and you will uncork a bottle of fine dried fruit aromas and flavors, volcanic soil influences, and a light, mineral texture.


Potato & Chickpea Curry with Lime Basmati Rice

Grüner Veltliner - This Austrian favorite pairs well with a variety of dishes but will really rock to balance the sweetness of the curry while bringing out the Indian inspired flavors. This refreshing wine has medium body and a peppery structure that will perfectly hold up to this delicious curry. Suggestion: Glaetzer Grüner Veltliner, Austria


Sautéed Chicken with Cauliflower, Arugula & Date Salad

Rosé - If you can still find a bottle of Rosé at your local wine shop, you’ll have the spot on wine pairing. A crisp, refreshing glass of Provence Rosé will be a perfect complement to this Mediterranean inspired salad. Provence Rosé is generally served alongside dishes consisting of olives, dates, and cauliflower...think charcuterie. Suggestion: Château des Annibals, Provence, France

Seasonal Menus


SuperFood Salad

Beaujolais - A red wine that screams superfood. It is a light, fresh red wine, 100% Gamay, with bright fruit - cherry, pomegranate, red berry, and juicy acidity. A glass of Beaujolais will only mirror the salad, not overpower it. Suggestion: Chateau Pizay, Morgon, France

Rosé - It is never too cold outside to enjoy a glass of Rosé. I promise! Especially when it is the perfect pairing for a SuperFood Salad. Suggestion: Elk Cove Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon


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


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