HOBOKEN, N.J., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hot weather is on the way, or already has arrived in some regions of the U.S. so attention turns to food and drink with this question, "How do you pair certain foods and wines?"
A better question to ask is, "Which wines do you pair with a hot summer?" The answer comes from Emeri De Bortoli, matriarch of one of Australia's premier wineries and the namesake for Emeri sparkling wines that are now available at many U.S. retailers, restaurants, bars and online.
"You could not find a more perfect summer drink than our Sparkling Pinot Grigio or Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc," she said. "When chilled and served in frosted flutes, these wines provide not only a lovely, refreshing drink but they also lend an air of celebration to even an ordinary day."
In addition to thousands of glistening bubbles floating to the surface, Emeri's sparkling wines also are on track with an international trend toward a lighter taste and lower alcohol content.
"In the U.S., one trend is for sweeter wines and we are very pleased that another of our sparkling wines, Emeri Pink Moscato, is now the fastest growing product of its kind," said
Craig Orchard, De Bortoli's vice president, USA sales.
What goes with sparkling wines?
Now, back to the question about pairing foods and wines. Most wine experts say these pairings are an individual choice since every person comes away with a different experience when tasting various wines and foods. However, there are some helpful guidelines when it comes to sparkling wines since they tend to complement lighter appetizers, some salads, seafood and specific desserts.
Appetizers—In a word—seafood and milder cheeses.
Meals—Some vegetarian dishes, grain or pasta-based salads; lobster, scallops, steelhead, shrimp and sushi.
Chilled, light summer soups served in pretty, bright-colored bowls are the perfect introduction to dinner outdoors on a warm, summer evening.
Desserts—Primarily fruits (melons, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries) and chocolates. To make your celebration even more special, feature white and dark chocolate-dipped strawberries with Emeri's chilled Sparkling Pinot Grigio.
Many of the dishes suggested are chilled or room temperature. Again, the individual palate rules so don't be afraid to experiment.
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SOURCE Emeri De Bortoli Wines