Nebbiolo

EASY TIPS FOR PAIRING WINE 

EASY TIPS FOR PAIRING WINE  1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Successfully pairing wine with food isn’t just in the wheelhouse of a sommelier.  Just remember these three basic wine pairing tips and your next meal will be incredible.  Cheers!

1) Know Your Wine
The first thing you need to do when you’re choosing a dish to pair with your wine is to get to know your wine.  What are the primary flavors—Bramble fruit? Tobacco? Loamy earth? Spice?  And what are the secondary notes—Grassy?  Peppery?  Minty?  Try your best to articulate these notes in your wines and look for parallels and contrasts in the food you are looking to pair (If you need to practice describing elements like these, come to Round Pond and and visit our sensory garden).

2) Like and Like Makes Less Like
We tend to think of complementary flavors as accentuating one another, but really; they cancel each other out.  If spicy food is served with a spicy wine, the element of spice in both wine and food will be played down.  Herbs are a great way to dial down any excessively herbal notes.  If your wine has too much eucalyptus to it, add some tarragon or chervil—which have a mild, minty punch—to your dish.

3) Pair High with High & Low with Low
Pair high alcohol wines with high fat foods & low alcohol wines with low fat foods.  Forget “white wine with fish and red wine with meat.”  The principle to stick with is pairing alcohol content to fat content.  The basic idea is that the higher alcohol cuts through fat and cleanses the palette, but it can overwhelm foods that don’t have the fat to mitigate the alcohol.

Simply put, serving a cut of beef with a low-alcohol wine will overwhelm the wine.  As a general rule, red wines (which tend to be higher in alcohol) pair well with things like beef and even fattier fowl like duck, while leaner white wines pair well with leaner foods like fish.

Arugula and Grilled Asparagus Salad

Arugula and Grilled Asparagus Salad 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This refreshing salad is perfect as a light supper, or as a side to your barbeque fare.  It pairs fantastically with our Proprietary Nebbiolo.

Ingredients
1 bunch asparagus, thin
2 radishes, diced
2 scallions, diced
1 bunch baby arugula
2Tbsp Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Round Pond Lemon Pepper Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Round Pond Sangiovese-Nebbiolo Blend Red Wine Vinegar
3 tsp Meyer lemon juice
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Heat grill. Toss asparagus with 1/2 Tbsp Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and salt and pepper. Grill 3-4 minutes, turning as needed. Remove and sprinkle with a little Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, Round Pond Sangiovese Vinegar, and 1 tsp lemon juice.

In a small bowl, toss arugula with a ½ Tbsp Round Pond Lemon Pepper Olive Oil, ½ Tbsp Sangiovese Red Wine Vinegar, and 1 tsp lemon juice. Remove and place on serving plate.

In the bowl, add radishes and scallions, toss with remaining Meyer Lemon Olive Oil,  Lemon Pepper Olive Oil, Sangiovese Red Wine Vinegar, and lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste.  Place asparagus on top of arugula, top with radish mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

Serves: 2
Recipe by chef Jeffery Bernys, Napa Valley

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