Wine Pairings for the Week of October 31st, 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.

Pecan-Stuffed Trout with Pears

Pecan-Stuffed Trout with Roasted Pears & Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Viognier - A true southern fall dish packed with big flavor will need a wine to hold up to the complexity as well as the fruity and sweet flavors. Suggestion: Cambria Viognier, Santa Maria Valley, CA Grenache - Pair this PeachDish with a red wine that is a delicate, soft, fruit-forward red wine with minimal tannins and moderate acid. A grenache from the Southern Rhone would do the trick! Suggestion: Andre Brunel Grenache, Rhone, France

Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils

Roasted Cauliflower & Lentil Biryani

Gamay - Choose a wine that showcases refreshing fruit along with a healthy dose of acidity. Gamay is great choice for vegetarian dishes that may have hint of Indian spices. Suggestion: Chateau de Pizay Gamay, Morgon, France

Pork & Apple Stuffed Collard Greens

Pork & Apple Stuffed Collard Greens

Chenin Blanc - The pleasant notes of honeysuckle and ripe apple will mirror the sweeter elements of the apple and collard greens. Chenin Blanc will be a delicious match and will not be overpowered by the pork. Suggestion: Protea Chenin Blanc, South Africa

Root-Veg Stir-Fry

Root-Veg Stir-fry with Brown Basmati Rice & Benne Seed

Barbera - A rustic Italian wine with black cherry and sharp acidity will be a superstar pairing for this stir-fry on a cool fall evening. Barbera, a medium bodied wine, will have just enough fruit to stand up to the spicier elements. Suggestion: Vietti Barbera D’Asti, Piemont, Italy

Chicken Tostadas

Tostadas with Chicken, Sweet Potatoes & Black Beans

Albarino - Fresh crisp acidic whites like Albarino pair swimmingly with Latin-inspired dishes. The acidity in the wine will cut through the richness of the sweet potatoes and round out this dish nicely. Suggestion: Bodega Garzon Albarino, Garzon, Uruguay

Butternut Squash & Three-Bean Superfood Chili

Butternut Squash & Three-Bean SuperFood Chili

Côtes du Rhône - When you think of Côtes du Rhône, think of the G.S.M. (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre). These classic grape varietals are found in a majority of wines from Côtes du Rhône. A grenache based Côtes du Rhône will be medium bodied, moderate alcohol and perfect fruit-forward wine to partner with chili. A sprinkle of Syrah and you will have the hints of smokiness that prevalent in Syrah. Suggestion: Mas de Jallon, Côtes du Rhône, France

Salmon Croquette with Creamy Dill Sauce

Salmon Croquettes with Creamy Dill Sauce & Fresh Lettuces

Champagne - Smoked Salmon and Champagne go hand in hand. The Champagne will be great with these Croquettes!

Pinot Nero Bianco - A White Pinot Noir would be my smoked salmon croquette wine pairing. Much richer than the average white wine because its made with red grapes - not white. You’ll find more of these in Italy and Germany, but lately more and more Oregon producers are making White Pinot Noirs. Suggestion: Vercesi del Castellazzo Pinot Nero Bianco "Gugiarolo", Lombardy, Italy

Zeb Stevenson's Chicken and Dumplings

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 southern classic! Suggestion: Mont Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Rhone, France