Seasonal Pairings: July 7, 2016
What deliciousness emerges when Pinot Noir mutates? What type of soup should you sip on that's not scalding hot but refreshing? Find out this Thursday at our seasonal pairing tasting!
Recipe: Chinese BBQ Pork from Rasa Malaysia
Pair with: Darting Pinot Meunier Pfalz 2014 ($20)
Who can blame you for loving Pinot Noir and drinking it day in and day out? Since it’s summer, the grape’s tendency for being light bodied and easy on the tannins makes it an obvious choice. And sometimes it seems it’s all you’re drinking. To feed your adventurous side, you don’t have to venture too far into the unknown to get a little excitement.
May we suggest Pinot Meunier? Pinot Meunier is a mutation of Pinot Noir whose slight rounder mouth-feel and easy-going nature makes it the Champagne region’s friendliest grape. Pinot Meunier is often used to round out the razor sharp acidity of Chardonnay and balance out the seriousness of Pinot Noir in Champagne. But out in the Pfalz region of Germany, this Pinot Meunier emerges as the pairs-with-anything wine that you can take to a housewarming, a pizza night, a potluck dinner, or a barbecue. The wine’s got a good bit of red fruit tartness and just a hint of smokiness from being slightly oaked in local German barrels. For the cooks at home, learn how to make char siew (Chinese BBQ pork) because this wine goes with sticky, smoky, sweet and saucy char siew oh so well.
Recipe: Cold Cucumber Soup with Yogurt and Dill from Food and Wine
Pair with: Albino Piona Custoza Italy 2015 ($17)
When it’s hot out, a big bowl of scalding soup might wear you out. But it’s still nice to sip on something savory sometimes. So check it out – a cold cucumber soup that’s classically served when one needs to feel refreshed. To go with this, we’re looking at northern Italy (in a place called Custoza in Veneto). There, Albino Piona’s family makes a crisp wine from the local grape Garganega. The grape is known for taking it’s sweet time to ripen, making it the perfect wine for chilling in the sun doing whatever makes you relaxed, whether it’s lazing by the pool or serving up some cold cucumber soup at a picnic under a shady tree.