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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Beets

Wine Pairings for Beets and Roasted Beet Salad:

as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo

5 Things to know about Pairing wines with beets:

  • Beets are a colorful earthy but sweet root vegetable. They add color to any plate, pair nicely with red or white wines, and are packed with good nutrition.
  • When roasted the rich earthy flavors create a heavier flavor weight that nicely complements light to medium bodied reds and rose’s.
  • Boiled they have a more delicate flavor that pairs easily with whites. Blanched and sautéed beet tops can add a spicy green to the dish.
  • The featured Roasted Beet Salad recipe introduces oranges, avocado and the orange citrus vinaigrette which creates a beautiful pairing for fruitful dry white wines as well as citrusy semi-dry wines
  • Never be afraid to experiment with the wines you love!

Try it with these recommended wines:

  • Messina Hof Orange Muscat Mistella (sweet white with aromas of orange blossoms matches the wine in the vinaigrette recipe)
  • Messina Hof GSM (non-traditional option but dynamic medium bodied dry red option that can handle some acidity – go light on the acid in the dressing)
  • Messina Hof Blanc Du Bois (Dry crisp white wine with overtones of tropical fruit and citrus)
  • Messina Hof Lepard Vineyard Chenin Blanc (Limited Release semi sweet white wine with flavors of citrus blossom and honey)
  • Messina Hof Sparkling Rose’ (Semi dry rose’ with red fruit layered with citrus notes)
  • Messina Hof Private Reserve Gewurztraminer (Medium bodied slightly sweet and spicy white wine)

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

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