Wine Pairing for Dishes with Prickly Pear

Wine Pairings for Dishes with Prickly Pear

as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo

Wine Pairings for Dishes with Prickly Pear:

5 Things to know about pairing wines with prickly pear

  • Prickly Pears are neutral in flavor with an almost delicate melon and cucumber character with a hint of bitterness. They work with most wines since they do not compete with flavor.
  • The main pairing consideration with prickly pears is the preparation and what other strong flavors might be included like peppers, vinaigrette, etc.
  • The bitterness in the fruit pairs well with high acid wines. Try Messina Hof Chardonnay and Father & Son Riesling.
  • In the Prickly Pear BBQ recipe, the strongest flavors are the other ingredients of the sauce. The prickly pear adds texture and a light crispness to the sauce. A wine with a hint of sweetness and good acidity works well.
  • The Petit Verdot is rich with dark fruit which offers a different flavor profile to the bright sauce. It provides a great pairing with BBQ Shrimp in this sauce. Smoked prickly pear in the recipe adds a nice complement.
Recommended wines:

Merrill and Karen Bonarrigo, Wine and Food Pairing experts at Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc.

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