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Ferraris of the Ocean

I know, I know, another seafood and rosé post, but who could blame us. We just love them both and so we jump at the chance of pairing them together whenever we can.

It helps too that Rhode Island is overflowing with so much great seafood, just waiting to be matched with a delicious wine.


Reaching anywhere from 3 – 10 feet in length and weighing from 40 – 1500 lbs., Tuna, according to the World Wildlife Fund, would be considered the Ferraris of the ocean. They are sleek, powerful creatures that were made for speed with special swimming muscles which allow them to cruise with great effectiveness, swimming as fast as 43 mph.

An integral part to the diet of millions, they are one of the most commercially valuable fish on the market. The most popular and widely consumed form of tuna is canned, however, it is just as easy if not better to consume them fresh.

Clementine Rose Wine Pairing

Le Caprice de Clémentine

Situated between Nice and Marseilles (one of my favorite cities), Le Château Les Valentines is a few miles from sunny St. Tropez and is more than a century old. Taken over in 1997 by the current owners, it was renamed Les Valentines after their children Valentine & Clementine, producing wines that exemplify the unique terroir of A.O.C. Côtes de Provence.

The perfect balance of what one looks for in a rosé from Provence, Le Caprice de Clémentine is made with Cinsault and Grenache grape varietals, each contributing different aspects to the wine. Delicate aromas of pink grapefruit, strawberry, white peach, and wet stone lead to a palate of good minerality and a soft finish that is accentuated by hints of strawberry.


Grilled Tuna Steaks with Spiced Vinaigrette

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

2 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp sweet paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
Ground black pepper

Tuna Steaks
2 tuna steaks, about 1 lb. each
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for cooking grate
1 bunch watercress, washed, dried and trimmed of stems
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, washed and dried

Method of Preparation
1. Make the vinaigrette by whisking together the lemon juice and seasoning in a small bowl. Whisking continuously, add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream until smooth and combined. Season to taste with black pepper and set aside.
2. Prepare the grill, whether gas or charcoal, and is ready when at a medium temperature. If using a cooking grate, place it on the grill, cover with the lid and allow it to heat up for about 5 minutes.
3. Cut the tuna steaks in half to make 4 equal sized pieces, brush them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
4. Oil the cooking grate and grill the tuna, uncovered, until the desired doneness is reached. 4 – 5 minutes for rare and 6 – 7 minutes for medium-rare.
5. While the tuna is cooking, place the watercress and parsley in a medium sized bowl. Drizzle half of the dressing over top and toss until well coated.
6. Divide the greens evenly among the 4 plates being used, as a base for the tuna.
7. When ready, remove the tuna from the grill and place on the salad greens. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the steaks and serve immediately. Read more > 


Barbecue for me and you!

Folks, we are officially in the throws of summer! Rhode Island, the wiley mistress she is, has decided to give us a momentary reprieve. And so there’s no better time to pull out your grills and get cooking! Best Wine Pairings for Grilling and BBQ The beautiful thing about summertime grilling is the laid back nature; of throwing it on the grill and cracking open a bottle of something delicious.

The key behind pairing wine and food is to match the flavor characteristics. Sometimes foods flavors align with a wines palate, but other times it’s the age old idea that opposites attract which can be surprising!

Here at Bottles, we’ve decided to help you out by going ahead and removing the guesswork. From vegetables to beef and all things in between, we have your perfect summertime pairings! Wine Pairings for Grilled Foods


From the plethora of farmers markets that run all summer long in Rhode Island there is a virtually endless rainbow of produce to enjoy.

Berger Gruner Veltiner - white wine food pairings

Berger Grüner Veltliner 2013, $14.99

Clean, subtle & floral with notes of grapefruit and a refreshing peppery quality throughout. This Grüner is just oh so bright and crisp! Let me just say what a great value this wine is at a liter a bottle, that means a little more bang for your buck!



LambruscoMedici Ermete Grasparossa Lambrusco, $17.99
This is my wild card recommendation! Too often, Lambrusco has been pushed aside and forgotten, but not anymore. Yes, some Lambruscos can have a juicy, fruitier quality to them; however, when you’re enjoying something rich and fatty like pork or beef ribs, that is exactly the kind of flavor you want to counter that smoky saltiness from grilling. This particular wine has red berry ripeness to it; the light effervescence, however, keeps this wine from feeling too weighty.

Catena Malbec Wine PairingsCatena Malbec 2011, $19.99
What would a guide on grilling be without at least one Argentinian recommendation? The Argentinians are known the world over for their love of grilled meats, and taking a page from their book, I can think of no better wine to recommend. Without coming across as too fruity, this wine is ripe and juicy in all the right places with a sensual smokiness, making for the perfect accompaniment to grilled steak.

Foris GewurztraminerForis Gewurztraminer 2012, $15.99
I chose this particular vintage which comes from Oregon because it has warmer flavors of nectarines and pineapples, with heady aromas of lush citrus blossom and delicate rose. Despite being fruity, this wine is by no means sweet – the finish is pure with no cloying sweetness. Whether it is chicken sausages, lighter brats, or kielbasas when it comes to pairing ‘wursts, choosing a white that is a little richer in body will complement the fatty richness of the sausage.



What is summertime in Rhode Island without seafood? I love the simplicity of whole grilled fish dressed up with fresh herbs and citrus – for me, you just cannot get any better.

Stefano Massone GaviStefano Massone Gavi 2013, $14.99
Gavi di Gavi was made for summertime! Made from 100% Cortese grapes, this wine has a soft but bright palate. Clean flavors of apple and pear are grounded by a refreshing mineral note, making it the perfect wine to pair with delicate white fish.


Matua Pinot Noir - Wine Pairings

Matua Pinot Noir 2012, $12.99
Long gone are the days of solely drinking white wines with fish when enjoying meatier options such as salmon and swordfish. Light bodied reds are definitely the way to go! This New Zealand Pinot Noir has notes of bright red fruit and earthy herbs, and the palate is supple and easy drinking.


Lobsters, oysters, and littlenecks oh my! Is there anything more quintessentially New England than the scrumptious taste of shellfish? Pair it with this Portuguese white blend.


Aveleda ‘Follies’ Alvarinho/Loureiro 2012, $10.99
A delicious Portuguese white blend that has a surprisingly ample palate with heavenly herbal and stone fruit notes. Despite being medium bodied, this wine still manages to have a light thirst quenching finish with crisp acidity! Fragrant and flavorful this white will stand up to the richness of shellfish.



Chicken, everyone’s favorite protein! Versatile and easy, here are a few wines that will pair with your grilled chicken.

Macon VillagesAlbert Bichot Macon Villages 2012, $12.99
What a fantastic bottle of White Burgundy for such a great price! This Chardonnay is an absolute classic French white; the palate has light floral notes balanced by a streak of refreshing minerality throughout. Medium bodied with very little oak, this white manages to maintain a fresh and easy drinking quality about it making it a sure hit for all things poultry!


Jean Francois GamayJean Francois Merieau Gamay 2011, $15.99
Beaujolais in the summertime! A perfect light red to enjoy in the warmer months. Since it is lighter in body, it won’t come across as too heavy on the palate. Fresh vibrant red fruit notes like strawberries and raspberries pair with an earthy herbal character, this wine is just good and easy!


Rosé Wines

Last but certainly not least, let’s not forget about our UNIVERSAL wine pairing for summertime: Rosé! I am such a big advocate of rosés especially once they are in season. I have yet to meet the rosé that I don’t absolutely adore.

Rose Wine Pairings for Grilling

The beautiful thing about rosé is that they are no longer those sickly sweet wines of days gone by. Instead we now have a full spectrum of rosés for every taste! From the dry and mineral driven rosés from Provence, to the juicier, more fruit forward New World rosés, there is something tasty to be had no matter what style you prefer.

Because there are just too many wonderful rosés to pick from and describe here, please stop by Bottles and see for yourself! We have a bountiful selection of rosés to choose from, and you’ll have plenty of new and fun things to try all summer long!

If there is one idea behind my pairing recommendations it is that you have fun with it. Just as grilling is a casual summertime activity, so selecting a wine pairing.

No fuss, no muss, just easy and delicious!

Jackie’s FUN TIP: Be sure to chill your wines! Even reds can stand to be cooled down in the warmer summer months in order to allow their vibrant natures to shine through! So don’t be afraid, chill that red!

– by Jackie Blackwell