Thirsty Thursday: Pairing Wine With Summer Recipes

By: Cameron Curtis

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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Finally, a weekend without rain. It's the perfect excuse to put together a food and wine party with friends. Serve nosh-friendly cheeses and charcuterie with a refreshing salad and an entree from the grill, all paired with wine. Cheers to online wine marketplace Lot18 for sharing refreshing ideas for the perfect pairings.

The Food: Friendly Cheeses (think chevre, pecorino and brie)

The Wine: Sauvignon Blanc

Also Pairs Well With: Young goat cheese pairs well with Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc. An aged goat cheese is better paired with a more robust wine like Cabernet or Zinfandel.

Serve a friendly aged goat cheese or a young, creamy Comté (a nutty cow's milk cheese) to start off dinner as these cheese won't overwhelm your guests. Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with most varieties of goat cheese as well as with oysters and other seafood.

The Food: Intense Cheeses (think gouda, sharp cheddar or a cow's milk blue) and charcuterie

The Wine: Chardonnay
Also Pairs Well With: Cabernet Sauvignon

For more adventurous guests, try a French reblochon cheese, a soft cheese that's traditionally made from raw cow's milk and aged for 6-8 weeks. It has an extra-creamy texture and bold flavor that can stand up to many intense wines. Serve it to start your meal along with an aged salami like the one we had from Fra' Mani Salami.

The Food: Summer Salads
The Wine: Rosé
Also Pairs Well With: Sancerre, Albarino

Now is the season for Rosé, which is typically enjoyed during the spring and summer, a year after each vintage is produced. It will go great with summery salads and any dish containing goat cheese like Michael Chiarello's Warm Goat Cheese and Pancetta Salad.

The Food: Buffalo Steak and Rib Eye
The Wine: Pinot Noir
Also Pairs Well With: Zinfandel or Shiraz

Try Buffalo Burgers or Giada's Steak Salad with these bold reds that work great with whatever you've got going on the grill.

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