When it’s hot as habaneros, you want something refreshing, cold, juicy, sweet…watermelon! Luckily, this bright red melon is newly in season here in Rhode Island. The next logical question is, what do you drink with it? We’ve tasted a slew of wines and found through our research that rosé wins for the best wine pairing. Keep reading for quirky recipe ideas and reasons why you need to try Le Caprice de Clémentine.
In Season Now: Watermelon
Mid-July – September
Watermelons are a quintessential summer treat. Whether they are served for breakfast, enjoyed cold after dinner, or combined with other ingredients to make salads, drinks, desserts, or cold soups, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more perfect summer ingredient.
- Take your watermelon to the next level! The New York Times has a great interactive feature of watermelon cocktails, salads, soups, and desserts. We especially like the Greek Style Watermelon Salad with tomatoes, cucumber, feta, and kalamata olives.
- Our friends at Edible Rhody Magazine have a tasty recipe for Red Watermelon Gazpacho with Caramelized Taylor Bay Scallops and Charred Scallions.
- In Rhode Island like us? Visit your local farmer’s market for the freshest watermelons.
What wine says summer? Rosé! Right between a red and white wine, rosés are dry, and not sweet like White Zinfandel or Blush wines. Rosé from the Côtes de Provence region in France are known for their gold standard quality and joie de vivre lifestyle. Their signature light, crisp, berry and citrusy flavors are a perfect complement to fresh, sweet watermelon. Serve them both refreshingly cold, and enjoy on a hot summer day!
- Aromas of watermelon! It’s like double watermelon. Trust us.
- A light and delicate rosé with beautiful color and good acidity to preserve freshness.
- Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Le Château Les Valentines is a wine growing estate in the south of France that is more than a century old.
- In 1997, Les Valentines family decided to make their own wine, and built a modern winery called the Domain “Les Valentines.”