News Ticker

Vine Buzz; Wines to pair with Light Fresh Dishes for Spring by Jack Chase

As we move into Spring, we tend to start thinking about lighter meals. Enjoying fresh, seasonal foods and even thinking about cooking and eating outdoors. The temperature is getting a little warmer so why not look at opening up a few different wines to pair with these foods?

Pine Ridge Chenin

Pine Ridge Chenin

Let’s face it. Who doesn’t like a nice salad in the Spring? Look for wines that will pair well with the various combinations of ingredients and dressings that you could possibly use. For the dressings that have a bit more acidity, I like to open a bottle of the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier blend. With a crisp and slighty off dry profile, it will be a great pairing with that salad or even a light seafood dish.

Mohua Sauvignon Blanc

Mohua Sauvignon Blanc

Perhaps Mussels in a white wine and garlic broth? Take a look at the Mohua Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. A wine with citrus in the aroma and the flavor profile, this value priced Sauvignon Blanc will not leave you disappointed. It also pairs well with fresh spring rolls as well as foods utilizing curry.

If a light pasta dish is on the brain, say a Spaghetti with Lemon Zest and Chives, try a Pinot Grigio from Italy. Lately I have been enjoying the Torre Di Luna Pinot Grigio from Trentino. With hints of pear and minerals, this wine will not only go easy on the pocket book but will be a great edition to the light pasta meal.

Archery Summit

Archery Summit

Finally, if you are already thinking Grilled Salmon, why not pair it with a great Pinot Noir? I have always enjoyed the Archery Summit Premier Cuvee from the Willamette Valley. You will find hints of spice and licorice in this wine finishing with cherry and a bit of chocolate. While not the value of the previously mentioned wines, please treat yourself. It is well worth it and when you pair it with that Grilled Salmon, it will be a meal, not soon forgotten.

I hope everyone is enjoying Spring and counting the days until the warm weather is here. Be adventurous in your food and wine pairings this year. You just may stumble across a new favorite.

Cheers until next time!

winetastingwashington@gmail.com   or find me on Facebook at Wine Tasting Washington

About Basil & Salt Magazine (798 Articles)
Basil & Salt Magazine is filled with recipes, cocktails, wine, beer and travel recommendations, focusing on the enjoyment of the gourmet lifestyle. Our first issue will print and be distributed in September of this year. ~Please join us and poke the 'subscribe' button on the menu to receive exclusive content found only on our printed pages.

1 Trackback / Pingback

  1. An Impromptu Gathering; Grilled Salmon and Pinot Noir | Your Home with Karie Engels

We would love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s