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Want to try a light and refreshing wine and food pairing? Look no further, we’ve got the perfect summer pairing for you! We teamed up with The Press, a Mediterranean-style bistro in Sacramento, to create a food pairing for our 2013 Estate Semillon.
The Press is known for creating dishes that use local and seasonal ingredients to bring the richness of the Sacramento Valley to the table. They paired our 2013 Estate Grown Semillon with a mixed green salad of strawberries, almonds, jack cheese and a lemon vinaigrette.
The Semillon varietal is full-bodied, like Chardonnay, with flavors similar to Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. It is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc, but is also great on its own. Hints of lemon, apple, and pear can all be found in Semillon, along with lanolin, ginger and oak flavors. Semillon is only grown across a total of 1,000 acres of land in the U.S., making this varietal a hidden gem.
During the pairing, The Press’s staff described how “the earthy, leafy greens framed the salad’s flavors, which offered a sweetness from the fruit offset by the light acidity of the vinaigrette. The Jack cheese and almonds were a particularly nice complement to the rich, round flavors of this refreshing summer wine.” Yum!
Want to try this pairing at home? The lemon vinaigrette recipe used for The Press’s salad is shown to the left, so you can impress your friends with this refreshing summer pairing! Share your version of this pairing on our Facebook or Twitter.