Greek Meze with … the Best (!) Rose

Pairing: Greek Meze Paired with 2014 Chateau Puech-Haut Saint Drézéry Rosé

Food: Meze is a popular dining experience common in Greece and other Balkan and Middle Eastern countries (e.g. Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia). It is a selection of small dishes composed of complimentary flavors, often served with an alcoholic beverage. Each dish can range in complexity, but we prefer each to be relatively simple in preparation. Here we’ve created an easy, quick set of delicacies for a warm summer evening. This meal includes cooked carrots marinated in a little lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and oregano; smelts sautéd in that same marinade; garbanzo beans with capers; tomatoes with oregano; mozzerella strips; and marinated mushrooms. All are served at room temperature. Use your imagination to create your own selection of favorites.

Meze Meal with Rose

Wine:2014 Château Puech-Haut “Tête de Belier” Coteaux du Languedoc St Drézéry Rosé

A perfect accompaniment to a summer Meze meal is a cool, crisp refreshing rose wine. All of the Mediterranean countries produce wonderful roses (Spain, southern France, Italy, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, etc). This one’s made from 100% Mourvedre grapes. We’ve enjoyed many rosés over the years, but we recently had what we consider the best we’ve ever had. This Saint Drézéry! Of course, people’s tastes are different. But do try this one from the Languedoc region of France. Magnifique!

Saint Drezery Rose

Tasting: The color is a delightful light pink. The nose captures the delicate smell of pasture roses (believe it or not!) with a touch of honeysuckle. On the palate, one gets a bit more of the honeysuckle (without being sweet), plus some peach, blueberry and strawberry. The overall effect is fresh, flavorful, and refreshing. Wonderful!

More Pairings with Meze: Pinot Grigio, Albarino, Prosecco, Cava

More Pairings with Rosé:  Grilled Fish, Green Salad, Grilled Shrimp

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