PeachDish – Wine Pairings for the Week of April 11th, 2016
April 12, 2016 by Sarah Pierre

Wine Pairings for the Week of April 11th, 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.


Fava Bean & Mushroom Risotto

Red Burgundy - Truthfully, one of the best Mushroom Risotto wine pairings - 100% Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France. You’ll be blown away at first sip. And keep in mind, you don’t have to break the bank when looking for a bottle of Burgundy. You can find an amazing bottle for $20! Suggestion: Louis Chevallier Bourgogne, France


Sugar Snap Pea & Barley Salad

Pinot Grigio - Look for a northern Italian Pinot Grigio from Friuli, we call these the serious Pinot Grigio. It will be an exceptionally light and refreshing pairing for this delicate, fresh salad. With the saltiness from the cheese, and the acidity coming from the lemon, it’s definitely speaking to the wine. It also won’t be afraid of a burst of fresh mint! Suggestion: Pighin Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy


Sheri Castle's Pork Chops with Rhubarb Pan Dressing

Pinot Noir - A fruity, earthy Pinot Noir always pairs wonderfully alongside a pork chop. Suggestion: Clos Henri "Petit Clos" Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand


Chicken with Garlicky Kale & Grits

Carmenere - Pair this dish with a glass of Carmenere. This red wine is earthy, spicy, slightly smoky, with herbaceous notes of green vegetable. Imagine that with a side of garlicky kale! Suggestion: Vina Ventisquero Grey Carmenere, Maipo Valley, Chile

Seasonal Menus


Cottage Pie with Pork, Carrots & English Peas

Barbera - A ‘Southern’ Cottage Pie paired with a glass of Barbera is the way to go. I would be sure to find a bottle of Barbera d’Alba rather than Barbera d’Asti. You’ll find more rich flavor, intensity and body in the d’Alba - perfect for the creamy, buttery mashed potatoes. Suggestion: Vietti Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy

Godello - (go-day-oh) This spanish grape varietal makes a wine that is extremely food-friendly and tends to be a great alternative to Chardonnay. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Suggestion: Palacios Louro Godello, Valdeorras, Spain


Chicken Breast, Snow Pea & Walnut Salad

Pinot Noir - Light, bright, and always great with a salad. Especially one that is dressed with a mustard vinaigrette. Suggestion: Calera Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California

Côtes du Rhône Blanc - This salad will easily be able to tackle a full, slightly earthy white. If you haven’t tried one, get to your local wine shop and share it with your friends. Suggestion: M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc, Rhone


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


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