Unfiltered: Summer Food And Wine Pairing Made Easy

Unfiltered: Summer Food And Wine Pairing Made EasySummer is just around the corner!  And after a seemingly long Spring the time has finally come to fire up those barbecues. In hot weather most of us are likely to switch to lighter fare such as Summer salads, fresh fruit, grilled fish and chicken, and as such the warmer weather also means switching to lighter more refreshing styles of drink, such as ciders, radler, wine spritzers and summery cocktails.   No matter what your preference may be, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding which drink to pair best with your meal.  

 The most important consideration is weight.  Balance is key.  Light foods such as fish, fresh veggies, and chicken go beautifully with drinks that are also light, such as light white wines, sparkling wine, lagers, pilsners, and light cocktails.  Conversely, bolder dishes such as BBQ steak, ribs and lamb chops require bolder drinks such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Stout, Bock Beer, etc.

 A perfect pairing of food and wine will always result in both the meal and the wine tasting better together than each individually on their own.  I have compiled a list of some must-try summer food and wine pairings below.  They will really increase the ‘wow’ factor and impress your guests.  So go ahead and try a few, you will not be disappointed.

 BBQ Ribeye Steak with Cabernet Sauvignon: Smoked Baby Back ribs with Zinfandel; Planked Salmon with Pinot Noir or Rosé; Grilled Burgers Stuffed with Sharp Cheddar with Merlot; Skewered Lamb Kabobs with Shiraz or Bordeaux; Spinach Salad with Vinho Verde; Italian Caprese Salad with Verdicchio; Strawberry Shortcake with Moscato.