Wines for Summer SaladsBy Marisa D'Vari | August 13th, 2009 | Category: Wine reviews | No Comments »
Now that summer is winding down, it's time to enjoy an al fresco picnic in the park. I recently had the opportunity to taste two affordable California wines that would be perfect pairings with the elegant salads of summer.
In France, they are referred to as "composed salads" unlike the leafy green salads most Americans consume before an entree. Composed salads can be constructed from many ingredients, yet unlike a salad from PAX they are artfully arranged to please both the eye and palate.
Pair these elegant salads with either or both of two new wines I've tried from Waterstone Winery in Napa. The Cabernet Sauvignon rose ($12) would be perfect with a composed salad starring salmon or pork. This is a very dry rose, with an elegant finish of tart raspberries. The Pinot Gris ($18) is bursting with a sun-warmed pear aroma and would be a great match with chicken or shrimmp.
Try this picnic idea before summer is a memory!