Whether you are just dining with those in your household or are starting to host small gatherings, meals are more fun with drink pairings!
I’ve matched some of my favorite meals from the July and August menus with wines, beers, and margaritas to take your entertaining up a notch this summer. For a kid-friendly version of these pairings, check out these non-alcoholic wines and sparkling juices. I hope you enjoy these meals and the long summer days with family and friends!
July Menu Pairings
Blackened Cod Fish Tacos with Lime Crema Slaw
Albariño – These spiced cod fillets topped with a refreshing slaw and lime crema call for a chilled glass of Albariño! Albariño is a Spanish white wine with notes of citrus that is perfect with flavorful fish, so don’t be shy, go grab a bottle.
Pacific Rim Glazed Steak with Wonton Crisps
Syrah – A glass of Syrah is the perfect pair for our Asian inspired steaks. The slight dryness in the Syrah counteracts the mild sweetness of the glaze.
French Onion Turkey Burgers on Pretzel Buns
IPA – It is certainly hard to beat a burger and beer, and our French Onion Turkey Burger with an IPA is no exception. The lean turkey topped with crisp and salty French-fried onions calls for a light but hoppy IPA.
Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Chardonnay – Just like the buttery layers of puff pastry, a Chardonnay suits these mini pot pies, complimenting the rich, creamy filling and crispy puff pastry.
August Menu Pairings
Carne Asada Steak Tacos
Margarita – When I think tacos, the thought of a margarita is never far behind. The limey and slightly sweet bite of a margarita will be a home run with these tacos that pack a bit of heat with pickled jalapenos.
Limoncello Shrimp with Coconut Rice
Vinho Verde – If you haven’t discovered the refreshing, slightly effervescent, Vinho Verde, you must try it now! This is a perfect summer wine and the ideal pair for our Limoncello Shrimp. The sweet citrus in the shrimp is a great match to this bubby white wine.
Crispy Salmon Cakes with Tangy Tartar Sauce
Pinot Noir – This is a beautiful wine that can pair with almost any protein, and our Salmon Cakes are a great example. The heartiness of our salmon cakes filled with veggies and herbs, stand up to the crispness of a lovely Pinot Noir.
Bacon Jam Burgers
Red Ale – Our new Bacon Jam Burgers and a Red Ale are a true match made in heaven. The salty-sweet flavors of the jam need the hoppy spice of a Red Ale.