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July 22, 2021 | By

Perfect Pairs for Summer Nights


Some things just go better together. Peanut butter and jam (or jelly if you prefer). Spaghetti and meatballs. Eggs and bacon (or bacon and eggs depending on your portion size). Burgers and fries.

And though it’s often said that three’s a crowd, the longer days of August are a perfect time to try a little creative wine pairing with each of these dynamic duos. (We’ll also recommend a couple of other classic pairings.)

The saltiness of the peanuts combined with the sweetness of a berry jam craves a wine that can bridge the two flavours. Clean and crisp, our Germany Riesling Style wine does just that! Its floral and ripe fruit aromas play off the peanut butter while the light mineral notes and refreshing acidity balance the slight tartness of berries. (Also try with roast pork dishes, spicy seafood pastas and any Asian stir fries.)

Though you can’t go wrong with most Italian reds and pasta dishes, our British Columbia Pinot Noir Style is a match made in heaven. The wine features silky tannins while subtle notes of pepper and spice round out the palate. Approachable yet still sophisticated, this wine’s soft texture and subtle raspberry undertone complement a hearty red sauce and meaty meatball. (Also try pairing with slightly spicier dishes like Thai curries and Mexican tacos or grilled peppers, zucchini and eggplant.)

As it seems to complement everyone’s palate, it’s no surprise that Italy Pinot Grigio Style wine is a go-to wine for most folks. It’s so versatile it can be served throughout the year with almost any meal. That includes breakfast and brunch, though eggs and bacon can be eaten any time of day rain or shine! Zesty with a hint of fruit and citrus, it really plays off well with the richness of the eggs and salty goodness of the bacon. (Also try with seared scallops, crab salad and take-out sushi.)

For the perfect BBQ fare (and pair) of burgers and fries (or fancier wedges with sea salt and fresh thyme), the luscious mouthfeel of our soft yet fruity Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Style make any burger taste juicier. This full-bodied wine with hints of coffee, cherries and pepper spice will also elevate the flavour of salty potatoes. (Also try with steak, meatloaf, prime rib… you see the pattern here!)

Whatever you pair and whatever you do, just enjoy the hazy, lazy days of summer while they’re still here. There’ll be plenty of time to talk about wines that’ll keep you warm in the fall, cheers!


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