Wine Pairings for the Week of February 22nd, 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.


Tex-Mex Black Bean & Blue Corn Tortilla Soup

Tempranillo - This dish isn’t a spicy one, so pairing a glass of Rioja with this Tex-Mex soup is a win-win. This rustic red wine pairs well with Mexican influenced dishes when there isn’t an abundance of spice - Rioja and jalapenos don’t really mesh well. Suggestion: La Antigua Clásico Crianza, Rioja, Spain


Cassarecce Pasta with Oyster Mushrooms, Chevre & Spinach

Sauvignon Blanc - Grab a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. This fresh, crisp white wine is a great match for dishes consisting of goat cheese. Give it a try! You’ll be pretty impressed. Suggestion: Patient Cottat Le Grand Caillou Sauvignon Blanc, Loire, France


Chicken & Grits with Collard Gravy

Bordeaux - Look for a Right Bank Bordeaux which is predominantly Merlot and a touch of Cabernet Franc. This dry, earthy red wine will have enough body, depth, and tannin to complement the rich, creamy texture of the grits and the stewed collards. Suggestion: Chateau Les Hauts de Pez, Saint-Estephe, France


Beef Mushroom Fettuccine with Red Pepper, Arugula & Parmesan

Barbera d’Alba - This simple, but flavorful and savory pasta dish calls for a glass of Barbera d’Alba. This dry red wine from Piedmont, Italy is bursting with fresh berry fruit, soft tannins, and a rich full texture with balanced acidity. It is a natural pairing for this earthy pasta dish with tomatoes and parmesan. Suggestion: Vietti Tre Vigne Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy

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


Beef Hot Pot with Asian Greens, Ginger and Potatoes

Côtes du Rhône - A grenache based Côtes du Rhône will be medium bodied, have moderate alcohol, and will be a perfect fruit forward wine partner with this Korean inspired dish. Suggestion: Domaine Mas de Jallon Côtes du Rhône

Viognier - A Viognier from California would be a great match for the ginger and onion based soy sauce glaze. Try Idle Cellars Viognier Sonoma County, California


Virginia Willis' Smothered & Covered Chicken with Herb Grits and Celery Salad

Chardonnay - Not only is Chardonnay a classic go-to for chicken dishes, it’s also a perfect pairing for rich and creamy chicken dishes. Well oaked or fuller, round Chardonnays are best paired with cream sauce or gravy. Suggestion: Cyprus Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, CA


Spicy Puttanesca, Orecchiette, with Olives & Pecorino

Nero d’Avola - Indulge in a glass of red wine from southern Italy with this Orecchiette Puttanesca. Sicilian wines are nothing to be overlooked. The wines have more exposure and presence in the US than they have ever had, and we’re fortunate to have some talented Sicilian producers being imported into the States. Suggestion: COS Nero d’Avola, Sicily, Italy