Three Summer Salads to Pair with French Rosé Wine
Written by Alyson Aiello on June 11, 2018
There is no better way to rosé all day than with a gorgeous salad and a bottle of chilled pink perfection. Add a few of your closest wine besties—and you’ve got a recipe for an ah-mazing afternoon. Our Director of Sommology, Missa Capozzo, has three summer salad recipes that are made to pair with our newest French rosé, 2017 Three Hearts, Rosé Pays d’Oc IGP, France. With a lip-smacking rosé on hand and these simple recipes, your summer soiree is set! Our DOS is also serving up a few rosé flavor facts about Three Hearts (to impress your guests!).
Parlez-vous Rosé ?
Traditional French rosé is a happy balance between refreshing crispness and luscious red berry flavors, without the distraction of too much sweetness. Our Three Hearts Rosé offers a welcome complex fruit extraction of plum, strawberry, and watermelon rind with vinous tobacco, smoke, black pepper and graphite hints over wet stone minerality. Three Hearts is fresh with a lively acidity and a medium body. What does all this mean? That this rosé is extremely food-friendly, especially with traditional summer fare, like a sumptuous salad.
Spinach, Strawberry, and Feta Salad
“Enjoy the exciting combination of sweet and salty with this salad that combines ripe strawberry with salty feta, which will bring forward the red fruit flavors of Three Hearts Rosé, as well as soften the acidity to create the perfect refreshing flavor and texture combination.”
Features: Strawberries, Spinach, Feta, Sliced or Candied Almonds, Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Recipe: Genius Kitchen, “Delicious Easy Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Feta.”
Mixed Greens with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Walnuts
“Rich goat cheese is a dry, acidic wine’s best friend. Combined with a bright lemon-maple vinaigrette and balanced with walnuts and sweetened cranberries, it makes for an exciting flavor combination with Three Hearts, highlighting the fruit and softening the acid just enough to leave the perfect amount of crispness on the palate.”
Features: Mixed Spring Greens, Sweetened Dried Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Lemon-Maple Vinaigrette.
Recipe: MyRecipes.com, “Mixed Greens with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Walnuts.”
Chicken, Bacon, and Brie Salad
“This chicken, bacon and brie salad is a mouthwatering combination that begs to be paired with a chilled, crisp rosé. The acidity of the red wine vinaigrette combined with the salt and fat of the bacon and brie creates a symphony of flavors on the palate when paired with a dry, fruit-forward rosé.”
Features: Chicken Breast, Bacon, Walnuts, Apples, Red and Yellow Peppers, Spinach, Brie, Spelt, Red Wine Vinaigrette.
Recipe: ComfortableFood.com, “Spinach Salad with Chicken, Bacon, and Brie.”
Hungry for More?
Our Three Hearts, created in partnership with wine expert Leslie Sbrocco, is the perfect wine to enjoy at any backyard BBQ, as it will be delightful with salads of all sorts, such as pasta salad, potato salad, and green salads as well as main dishes, such as hamburgers, grilled chicken, grilled sausages, salmon and shrimp. “This is also the perfect wine to serve at brunch, as it will be delightful with quiche and other egg dishes, as well as fresh melon and other fruits,” Missa says. “Perhaps it’s a beautiful summer evening, and you want to sip and savor some wine on the deck or poolside. A simple cheese board comprised of sharp and salty cheeses would make for the perfect and easy snack pairing.”
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2017 Three Hearts, Rosé Pays d’Oc IGP, France, is available exclusively through US-based Traveling Vineyard’s network of independent Wine Guides. Leslie Sbrocco, an award-winning author, speaker, consultant, and television host known for her entertaining approach to wine and food, partnered with Traveling Vineyard to select what Sbrocco calls “the ideal” rosé, crafted in the classic Southern French style—dry and accessible yet versatile and brimming with juicy summer fruit aromas and flavors.
ABOUT LESLIE SBROCCO
An award-winning author, speaker, wine consultant, and television host, Leslie Sbrocco is known for her entertaining approach to wine. Sbrocco’s first book, Wine for Women: A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine has been excerpted by two national magazines, Redbook and Family Circle, and won the coveted Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year award. She is an Emmy Award-winning host of the PBS show, Check Please, Bay Area! on KQED television, which just completed its 13thseason. Sbrocco is a frequent guest on national television shows including NBC’s Today Show. An in-demand speaker at wine and food events around the globe, Sbrocco is also a noted wine judge at national and international competitions. For more information on Leslie, visit www.LeslieSbrocco.com.