Wines & Sunshine: French Wine Pairings for Summertime Delights
French Wine Pairings to Brighten Your Seasonal Meals
Sunny days and warm evenings are finally here, which means it’s time to enjoy delicious summer meals paired with the finest French wines. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue in your garden or planning a picnic on the beach, discover the best pairings to enjoy your summer meals!
Meat or salad this summer? For both, we have a selection of wine pairings that will satisfy you all summer long, so keep reading ;)
1/ Salad and wine pairing
As the sun shines bright and the temperatures rise, there’s no better time to indulge in refreshing summer salads paired with exquisite French wines.
SALADE NICOISE AND ROSÉ:
Let’s start with a classic summer salad, the Salade Niçoise. This vibrant and refreshing dish, composed of juicy tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, green beans, and olives, pairs perfectly with a chilled rosé wine. The fruity aromas and lightness of rosé beautifully complement the Mediterranean flavors of this salad.
Another iconic summer salad is the Caprese Salad, featuring ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. To enhance the creamy mozzarella and tangy tomatoes, opt for a crisp and unoaked Chardonnay. The wine’s citrusy notes and subtle acidity will accentuate the salad’s flavors, creating a delightful harmony.
When it comes to combating summer heat, a refreshing Watermelon Salad is a true winner. This salad, combining juicy watermelon, feta cheese, mint leaves, and a sprinkle of lime juice, pairs wonderfully with a zesty Sauvignon Blanc. The wine’s vibrant acidity and tropical fruit characteristics complement the sweet and juicy watermelon, creating a delightful balance.
For those seeking a heartier option, a Grilled Chicken Salad is a fantastic choice. Featuring succulent grilled chicken, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette, this salad calls for a crisp and dry Pinot Grigio. The wine’s refreshing acidity and delicate flavors won’t overpower the salad, allowing the ingredients to shine through.
Quinoa salads have gained popularity due to their versatility and health benefits. Whether it’s a Quinoa Greek Salad or a Quinoa Avocado Salad, these nutritious dishes pair beautifully with a medium-bodied Viognier. The wine’s aromatic profile, with notes of stone fruit and floral hints, complements the nuttiness of quinoa and adds a touch of elegance to the salad.
2/ Grill & Grape: Exploring french wine pairings for barbecue
Grilled meats are an essential part of any summer meal. But don’t be too hasty when it comes to choosing the right beverage to accompany your grilled meats. There’s a wine for every grill!
GRILLED STEAK AND BORDEAUX:
When it comes to grilled steak, nothing beats a classic Bordeaux. The rich, bold flavors of the steak harmonize beautifully with the robust tannins and dark fruit characteristics of Bordeaux wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. The wine’s structure and depth perfectly complement the smoky and charred notes from the grill, creating a match made in heaven.
Succulent barbecued ribs, coated in a tangy and sticky sauce, deserve a wine that can hold its own. Look no further than a Syrah. The wine’s bold flavors, hints of black pepper, and smoky undertones are the perfect counterpoint to the intense flavors and textures of barbecued ribs. The synergy between the wine and the meat will leave your taste buds craving more.
Grilled chicken, with its tender and juicy meat, calls for a white wine that can complement its flavors without overpowering them. A lightly oaked Chardonnay strikes the right balance. The wine’s buttery texture and subtle notes of vanilla and oak enhance the smoky flavors of grilled chicken, creating a delightful combination that is both refreshing and satisfying.
Grilled vegetables, with their charred edges and smoky flavors, offer a delightful vegetarian option for barbecue lovers. To enhance the natural sweetness of the vegetables, a vibrant and herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent choice. The wine’s zesty acidity and lively citrus notes cut through the grilled flavors and add a refreshing touch to each bite
3/ Fancy some meat, but don’t feel like warming up by cooking it?
Do you like fish or beef tartare? You can make them with vegetables, such as cucumber, tomato and feta tartar, with its tasty Mediterranean touches. Cucumber is essentially composed of water, so play the freshness card by pairing it with bubbles or fine, light white wines, such as a Bourgogne aligoté.
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