Story by Sarah Murphy Robertson
Often when we plan the perfect wine to match our meal, echoing the entrée is our focus (red goes with beef, whites go with fish, you know the drill.) But the side dishes shouldn’t be overlooked. Both of these wines we recommend this week would pair nicely with many sides including fall favorites like caramelized roasted sweet potatoes or pan blistered Brussels sprouts. Try them and let us know what you think!
While notoriously challenging to grow, Pinot Noir grapes result in a versatile, food-friendly sip. This red wine is often complex with rich berry fruit and includes earthy, oak and spice notes. Below are a couple Pinot Noirs we think you’ll enjoy.
The 2012 Biltmore Pinot Noir is made in Asheville, North Carolina on the grounds of the Biltmore Estates. This popular Pinot is made using fruit from their own vineyard as well as partnering with northwestern vineyards in California and Washington.
Another Pinot Noir we think you will enjoy is the highly rated Siduri’s 2013 Sonoma County Pinot Noir. Founded in 1994 by Adam and Dianna Lee, Siduri Wines have grown from a small operation to handcrafting over 10,000 cases a year. Siduri Wines have received the Wine Spectator’s “Critics Choice” recognition multiple times since 2004.
And remember, when you are searching for new wines to sample, from one end of 30A to another there are great spots to go to find new favorites. Chan’s Wine World in Watercolor boasts an award winning wine list as well as a popular daily happy hour special: a half carafe for the price of a glass (between 11am – 6pm!) And Wild Olives on the eastern end in Rosemary Beach offers a happy hour between 3 pm and 6 pm Tuesdays – Sundays including special prices on selected wines by the glass. Cheers to that!