In light of all the gardening insights of my previous post, this is a list of vegetable and fruit friendly bottles to consider once your summer garden begins over-producing.
A go-to varietal for pairing green vegetables or salads with wine, Sauvignon Blanc has aromas and flavours of lime and gooseberry with some grassy, herbal notes. In cool climates this greenness is more pronounced while in warmer climates tropical fruit notes sneak in. Three favourites are:
FAIRVIEW CELLARS from B.C.
MARISCO VINEYARDS from New Zealand
REMY PANNIER from France
ROSÈ or BLUSH
Rosés go well with berries bcause so many have strawberry and raspberry characteristics to them. Think pink when you’re making spinach salad; just toss a handful of berries on top! Rosè wines are also fantastic with fruit pies and desserts. Consider:
GAZELA ROSÈ from Portugal
CEDAR CREEK ROSÈ from B.C.
LONG FLAT RED MOSCATO from Oz
A lighter style red with good acidity and earthiness on the nose and palate, this red is the perfect match for tomatoes and peppers. In cool climates like B.C., the wine will be zippy and fresh while from warmer regions we get something that is almost Syrah-like in its intensity. These three stand out:
BELLE GLOS MEIOMI from California
CRIMSON from New Zealand
GEHRINGER BROTHERS from B.C.
The full line up, just so you know.
Okay… now get to work and make me proud.
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white wine works well with shellfish
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This photo depicts Joyce (right) and me (middle) with our other dear friend Barb in (I think) 1988.
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