Earlier this week we were lucky enough to receive a visit from local Nick Morello of Morello Wines and we got a chance to catch up. Not only does Nick make amazing wines (Gold Members may remember his delicious Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from April’s shipment) but he also has an incredibly vast knowledge about pairing wine with food.
As a recently converted vegetarian, I was worried I would no longer be able to pair my favorite wines with my meals the same as I always did. With less food options to choose from, I was afraid that the wines I usually reached for would no longer compliment my meals quite like they once did. While it of course does depend on the specific varietal, meat with wine is practically a match made in heaven. I voiced my concern to Nick and with five simple words he made my worries fade away: “it’s all about the sauce”.
Now, sauce is the easiest way transform a meal, but the ‘sauce’ is also a broad term meaning the many different factors that can affect the pairing of food and wine. Little did I know there is much more that goes into pairing wines with meals than the food items used. Everything from food preparation, to the method of cooking, to the sauces and spices used can make all the difference and still make any meal, meaty or not, come alive.
It’s time to fire up the grill; below are some featured Gold Medal wines to pair with your next barbecuing adventure for carnivores and herbivores alike.
Bold Red: Nadia 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Try a steak sprinkled with salt and pepper, grilled, and topped with a hearty peppercorn sauce. Vegetarian? Opt for grilled vegetable kabobs sprinkled with salt and pepper.
Light Red: Handley 2009 Pinot Noir. Grill a rack of lamb & sprinkle with thyme and rosemary. Vegetarians can try a grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger topped with grilled red pepper, onions and a fresh slice of tomato.
Rich White: Ledgewood Creek 2010 Chardonnay. Grilled Salmon with Creamy Pesto Sauce (check out a full recipe here!). Our veggie option of choice is a foil-wrapped grilled baked potato with crème fraiche, butter and chives.
Light White: Heritance 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. Grill halibut & top with salt, fresh mango salsa, and a lemon wedge. If you don’t eat fish try a veggie patty topped with fresh avocado, lettuce, finely chopped cilantro with a splash of lime.
The best part? These award winning wines are available in our summer wine sale with savings of up to 74%. It’s a 6 bottle minimum per bottle when you purchase, but at these prices, you’ll certainly want to get them while you can! Be sure to check out the rest of our summer sale wines and recipes. Now, who’s hungry?