Summer is in full swing which means it’s the perfect time for wonderful fresh food and light refreshing wines! It can be so easy to just revert back to old classic recipes you’ve used over and over, but where’s the fun in that?! Summer is all about new experiences and trying new things, and we’ve got just that! Pairing wines with different food can add so much to your dining experience. The following dishes are all available at Camelot Cellars and we’ve paired them with some of our hand crafted wines. We want you to enjoy food and wine as much as we do and hopefully you can learn a bit about the pairings!
First we have our featured salad, an Orzo Pasta Salad with sun dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, Asiago, basil infused olive oil, lemon and zest. This salad pairs perfectly with our Viognier wine. The salad has a salty taste from the cheese, giving it a fresh, light “brightness”. The Viognier has a creamy full bodied consistency, which is also very bright with a white-flower taste. These two taste wonderful together and complement each other in so many ways! A chilled glass with a chilled salad, the perfect summer pick-me-up!
Next we have our Classic Italian Meatballs which are perfect with our Italian Montepulciano. These meatballs are made from Ohio pork and lean beef, completely hand-rolled with fresh herbs and garlic, sweet basil marinara and Asiago. The marinara gives the meatballs an amazing home-style taste which fits amazingly with our Montepulciano. This red has a nice robust, spicy flavor. It pairs even better because the garlic roll served with the meatball is a match made in heaven!
Our Artisan Cheese Board is “every wine lover’s dream” according to our owner, Janine! This board features local cheese, including everything from salty to creamy to sharp! You want a wine that can stand up to any combination of tastes from these cheeses. We’ve paired it with our Lodi Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has a strong backbone so it doesn’t get overwhelmed by any of the cheeses while still complementing each one beautifully.
Enjoy the summer while you still can! There’s plenty of time still to continue trying new flavors and combinations, and we hope you stop by Camelot to try some of ours!