Springtime Salad … Paired Beautifully with a Vin de Savoie

Pairing: Springtime Salad Paired with 2013 Veronique Anne Perret Vin de Savoie Apremont

Food:  Maybe it’s just me, but the tug of war between winter and spring seems to be lasting far longer than normal here in New Hampshire. But now at the end of April, spring seems to be gaining a foothold despite winter’s soldiers making a last stand in small bunkers of snow north of the barn and hidden among the hemlocks deep in the woods.  The calendar proclaimed spring six weeks ago, so by golly we’re going to call it spring and celebrate! Here’s a wonderful springtime salad, invented by my wife, composed of a medley of flavors that herald the beginning of warmer days to come.

Start with a base of mixed spring greens. Toss with a dressing made with mayonnaise, hot chili sauce, a bit of granulated garlic and some lemon juice. Play around with your own proportions. Compose the salad with cooked asparagus cut into one-inch pieces, some cooked cold water shrimp, cubed mangos, clementine sections, and sliced hard-boiled eggs. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle additional dressing over the top. This will help you forget that winter ever happened!

Springtime Salad with Vin de Savoie

Wine:  The Savoie wine region lies in the far eastern part of France in the French Alps south of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva. Apremont, just north of the skiing paradise of Grenoble, is regarded as among the finest cru in the Savoie region. The white grape, Jacquere, dominates the wine production in this region and is rarely found outside of this tucked-away corner of France. Veronique Anne Perret’s Apremont wine is 100% Jacquere, an excellent example of this delightfully refreshing, clean-tasting wine, and an absolute steal at $8.

Vin de Savoie Apremont

Tasting Notes:  A pretty pale gold color (12 Karat says my geologist wife!). You can just smell the fresh, clean alpine air along with fragrant honeysuckle and maybe a hint of green melon. Just lovely. On the palate the tastes of white clover and melon persist then linger on the finish. Fairs beautifully with the myriad tastes and textures of the salad.

Other Wines That Pair Well with this Shrimp, Asparagus, Mango, and Citrus Salad:  White Bordeaux (France), Chenin Blanc (South Africa), Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), Pinot Grigio (Italy)

Other Food That Pairs Well with Vin de Savoie Apremont: Cheese Fondue, Welsh Rarebit, Oysters, White Fish (delicately prepared), Raclette

View the Beautiful Apremont Region of Savoie:  apremont savoie

A Source:  www. klwines.com

 

 

 

 

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad … Perfect Paired with German Riesling

Pairing: Pear, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad Paired with a 2014 Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling

Food:  Comice Pears are starting to appear again in the food markets in New Hampshire, a bit earlier than normal. They are, without any doubt, our very favorite pears … sweet and juicy! Their actual name is Doyenné du Comice and the variety originated in Angiers, France in the mid-19th Century. They are unparalleled in a salad of mixed greens, creamy blue cheese and walnuts, all dressed with a vinaigrette of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. An amazing flavor combination!

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Wine:  The precariously steep, slate-covered slopes of the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr are recognized as among the most prestigious wine growing sites of the Mosel River region of Germany. And the Selbach family have been making wine in this region since the mid-1600’s. But the first vineyards in this area were planted in the 2nd Century by the Romans. The unique terroir of this region combined with the vast experience of the winemakers, passed down through many generations, results in impeccable wines. This Kabinett, made from early harvested grapes, is no exception.

Selbach Oster Riesling

Tasting Notes:  Color is pale yellow with a decidedly greenish tinge. Cut open a ripe honeydew melon, put your nose down close and inhale deeply. That’s it! That’s the nose of this superb wine. Although pure and clean and fresh are not usually descriptors of flavors, they are words that immediately come to mind when tasting this riesling. Now visualize a crystal clear mountain stream rippling over some rocks … take a sip … add some gentle sweetness … aaah … perfection. A truly stunning riesling … and pairs beautifully with every element of the salad, including the balsamic vinegar in the dressing. An exemplary riesling in every way.

Other Wines That Pair Well with Pear and Blue Cheese Salad:  Champagne (France), Chardonnay (California), Chenin Blanc (South Africa), Gewürztraminer (Alsace)

Other Food That Pairs Well with a German Riesling:  Apple Dishes, Asian Cuisine, Trout, Shellfish, Hazelnuts

A Great Read on German and Austrian Wines:  http://www.vinography.com/archives/2010/09/book_review_reading_between_th.html

A Source:  www.wine.com