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Radishes & Wine: Seasonal Rhode Island Food Pairings

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Radishes are here in Rhode Island! As part of our series of blog posts featuring in-season foods paired with wine, this week we’re having Foris Pinot Gris with farm-fresh radishes. For more pairing ideas, visit our seasonal recipe page.

The other week, Darius Salko invited Nick, the Bottles Wine Director, to Allens Farms and The March Hare in nearby Westport, MA. Darius showed us around and gave us super-fresh greens to enjoy. Take a look at photos from our visit, here!

  • Allens Farms grows certified organic herbs, greens, vegetables and flowers in nearby Westport.

In Season Now
May – Mid-December

Radishes are a spicy root vegetable that grows best either in spring or early fall. Whether you prefer French Breakfast radishes or the familiar Cherry Belle radish (or both!), radishes are easy-to-grow and can be enjoyed fresh or cooked. Make an easy appetizer with a baguette, soft cheese, and chives, serve  them with artisanal butter and sea salt, or even braise them with shallots. A great way to enjoy the local harvest!

Wine Pairing

Pinot Gris is medium bodied white wine with notes of pears, apples, and stone fruit. Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris happen to be the same grape, but the former is grown in the northeastern region of Italy, and is generally paler and lighter in style. Foris Pinot Gris is delicious example of Pinot Gris from Oregon, with aromas of melon, pear, citrus blosson, and a hint of vanilla. A great summertime wine!

Recommended Wine: Foris Pinot Gris

  • Foris is a family owned and operated vineyard in southern Oregon’s remote Rogue Valley.
  • Pinot Gris grows well in cooler climates such as Oregon, Washington, Alsace, and Northern Italy.
  • Read more about Foris Pinot Gris at www.foriswine.com
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Seasonal Rhode Island Food & Wine Pairings: Asparagus & Grüner Veltliner

Trying to match food and wine can sometimes grow into a complicated, out-of-control beast. Let’s pare it down. An easy way to start is to choose an ingredient that is in season, and then pick a complementary wine. As a wine store located in Providence, we tend to share Rhode Island farm (and ocean!) fresh foods as they come into season, and then give you our vote for the best wine pairing. Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a handy online resource for fresh, local foods.

In Season Now
April – June

Asparagus is one of the earliest native vegetables to look forward to in Rhode Island. A type of young green shoot, asparagus is a versatile early spring to summer side-dish and ingredient. Roast it in a pan, throw it on the grill with olive oil and salt and pepper, or use it in soups, omelets, or chopped up fresh in a salad!

Wine Pairing

Grüner Veltliner is crisp, dry, and Austria’s #1 white wine. Where most white wines fail when matched with green vegetables, Grüner always wins. There is most likely an in-depth scientific reason for why Grüner Veltliner tastes so good with bitter vegetables like asparagus, but all we know is that it’s a fantastic combination of mineral flavors mingled with the taste of pure springtime.

Recommended Wine:
Gobelsburger Grüner Veltliner

  • The Gobelsburger vineyards and winemaking have been tended to by monks since 1171.
  • A high quality Grüner Veltliner at an affordable price!
  • More about this wine at www.gobelsburg.at

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