5 Delicious Wine & Food Pairings for Summer

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When summer rolls around, most wine lovers turn to lighter bodied, fruitier white wines. These are especially lovely when enjoyed out on the patio or in your backyard, and when paired with the right foods. Here are five delicious wine and food pairing to try on your own with with friends this summer.

Riesling and Grilled Fish

Riesling is the sweet (but not too sweet) white wine that almost everyone loves. Its light flavors make it perfect for pairing with mild fish like cod or tilapia. Season your fish lightly with some lemon juice and fresh herbs, and then serve with with glasses of a semi-sweet riesling. The wine's more flowery notes will be a nice contrast to the citrus flavor of the fish.

Chardonnay and Smoked Cheeses

Smoke is definitely a summer flavor, but it does not have to come from heavy meats. Try serving a tray of smoked cheese, like smoked gouda and cheddar, along with glasses of a rich, buttery chardonnay. The interesting thing about pairing chardonnay with cheese is that the two products have a similar mouth-feel (chardonnay is known for its buttery qualities), but different flavors. The smooth, savory cheese will bring out the tart notes that might otherwise go unnoticed in the wine.

Moscato and Asian Coleslaw

A rather sweet wine, moscato pairs so well with Asian flavors. But in the summer, you generally don't want to dig into a big bowl of Chinese takeout. An Asian coleslaw is a better match during the sweaty summer. You can make your own Asian slaw by simply stirring together 2 tablespoons each of vegetable oil, rice wine vinegar, and soy sauce. Toss in a cup each of shredded carrots, shredded red cabbage, and shredded green cabbage. Garnish with sesame seeds, and serve alongside your moscato.

Sauvignon Blanc and Berries

Sauvignon blanc has tart, apple-like notes, which are a nice contrast to sweet berries like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Serve a platter of berries with some plain crackers alongside them for cleansing the palate. This makes a nice after-dinner treat or late morning refresher.

White Zinfadel and Barbecue Pork

White zinfadel might not actually be white (it's pink) but it has the balanced sweetness and light body of a white wine. Its rich body can stand up to barbecue like no other. Whether you're barbecuing ribs, pork chops, brisket, or chicken, white zinfadel is the wine to go with it.

All of the wines on this list are best served chilled. Keep the opened bottles in a bucket of ice to keep them cool while you're resting outside. For more pairing suggestions, contact companies like Latitude Wine Imports winery.

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