Wine Pairings for the Week of March 20th, 2017

3 Parks Wine

Each week, Wine Specialists Sarah Pierre and Tim Willard bring you suggestions to complement your PeachDish meals. Sarah is one of the owners at 3 Parks Wine Shop in Glenwood Park, Atlanta. Tim is the Southeastern Sales Manager at European Cellars in Charlotte, NC.

Hunter's Chicken

Hunter’s Chicken with Creamy Polenta & Fresh Oregano

Nero d'Avola - When selecting a red to pair with chicken, go with a red a touch lighter in body, nice acidity, and soft tannins. Same goes for tomatoes! This Sicilian, fruity, spicy, earthy, dark colored red is exactly that. Suggestion: Tasca D’Almerita Lamuri Nero D'Avola

Georgia Grown Strip Steak with Creamed Spinach & Roasted Potatoes

Georgia Grown Strip Steak with Creamed Spinach & Roasted Potatoes

Merlot, California, US – If you made your mind up about Merlot 15 years ago based on a movie about winemaking from a previous generation, you are behind the times. Merlot is one of the wine world’s great treasures and makes some of the most compelling and expensive bottles of wine. It’s time to give it another try and you can get one made in the USA. Merlot has beautifully ripe black and blue fruits – think plum – that can outcompete the earth and acid profile of the wine giving a velvety mouthfeel, and elegant finish. Suggestion: Neyer’s Conn Valley Merlot – Napa, US

Superfood Barley Risotto

SuperFood Barley Risotto with Red Beans & Greens

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre Rose, California, US – Fresh vibrant food deserves fresh vibrant wine and the freshest of 2016 Roses are landing at your local wine shop as we speak. Barley, carrots, greens, thyme, and bay make for a hearty and aromatic feast that need a light clean companion. The 2016 Matthiasson Rose captures this style completely – layers of light red fruit aromatics lead to a gob smacking palate of tart strawberry, cherry, lemonade, and crushed stone. It’s the kind of wine you can’t put down until your finished – but try to get a bite of food in between sips. Suggestion: Matthiasson Family Vineyards, 2016 Rose – Napa, US

Kathleen McDaniel's Flourless Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Whipped Cream

Kathleen McDaniel's Flourless Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Whipped Cream

Pedro Ximinez Sherry, Montilla-Moriles, Spain – Pedro Ximinez is a grape dried in the sun to concentrate the sugars and the natural flavors of the fruit. Think honeyed figs, dried raisins, and caramel. Some of the best producers will age these wines for many years, allowing dried fruit flavors to give way to layers of decadent flavor from roasted coffee to dense dark chocolate, and toffee. Flourless chocolate cake, meet your new best friend. Suggestion: Bodegas Toro Albalá, Don PX Gran Reserva Pedro Ximénez Sherry (1987) – Montilla-Morilles, Spain