Wendy Crispell

Hi! I am a wine/cheese consultant specializing in tasting events,corporate gatherings. As a mentor I look forward to sharing my special interests in the Loire Valley, Germany, Pinot Noir and unusual varieties with others. As a former chef I

Wine and food pairings for Summer celebrations

Summer wines for food pairing at picnics and bbq's

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1 Skouras Zoe Peloponnese (2008)
Comments: Deliciously complex rose with hints of white cherry, strawberry and rose petal. Simply wonderful with crisp summer salads dressed with fresh strawberries and goat cheese, endive with beets/walnuts and goat cheese. My favorite pairing is watermelon, cucumber and manouri cheese salad drizzled with evoo and garnished with pink salt, fresh pepper and chopped chives! 1 cup 1 inch cubes of seedless watermelon, 1 cup small cubes peeled, seedless cucumbers, around 1/2 inch square, 1/2 cup 1/2 square cubes manouri cheese, 3 chopped chives, small fine pieces, Lightly toss with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and chill for 1 hour. Garnish with sprinkle of salt and pepper
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2 Bourgogne Blanc Clotilde Davenne (2009)
Comments: The texture seems to indicate oak aging but there is none. A bit of honeyed cream with hints of mineral and smoke. Summer wine? This is awesome with one of my favorite picnic foods, delived eggs sprinkled with a bit of smoky paprika! Try it with your favorite recipe. I like to garnish them with a bit of ice cold lump crabmeat for an extra treat.
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3 Ravines Wine Cellars Riesling Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (2010)
Comments: I love this wine! Just the right amount of crisp apple, peach with a dry finish. Try it with my version of a Asia Dog. Mix 1/4 cup of each- julienne carrot, julienne seedless cucumber, kimchi, 1 finely chopped shallot. Top 6 all beef or pork hot dogs in the best buns you can find, garnish with light sprinkle of bonita flakes. A bit spicy but delicious!
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4 Lini Lambrusco Emilia IGT 910 Lambrusco Rosso Labrusca (2008)
Comments: A perfect lightly sparkling red. Just a hint of sweetness with rich dark fruit and a wisp of tannin. Try with a classic summer sandwich made with crusty Italian bread, grilled Italian sausage and a mix of sauteed yellow, red, green peppers and slightly browned onion.
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5 Château d'Esclans Rosé Blend Côtes de Provence Rosé Whispering Angel (2012)
Comments: Beautiful light pink hue with aromas of dried rose petal, juicy fresh strawberry, fresh thyme and a hint of mineral on finish. Lovely spring wine! Delicious with risotto made with white aspargus, leeks and fresh peas!
Average price: $19.99 from 4 stores
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