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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Native Redbuds

Wine Pairings for Dishes with Native Redbuds

as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo

  • Native plants are not only easy to grow and good for our landscapes, but they are often packed with nutrients. We can harvest right from our yards.
  • Raw or cooked Redbud Seed Pods can be a crisp, tangy raw vegetable snack or ingredient in any salad. They can be eaten just like snow peas.
  • Redbud flower petals are a pretty pink in color and add a lemony spice to salads, breads, desserts and vegetables.
  • Redbuds alone have a raw vegetal and lemon character about them that pair well with white wines that have good acidity like Pinot Grigio, Dry Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc or Gewurztraminer.
  • In the Redbud Salad Wrap recipe we use a soy sauce dip that also creates a complement to light reds like Beau or a Rosé.
  • You might even try floating redbud blossoms in a sparkling rosé for effect. Or freeze some blossoms in ice cubes for cocktails.
  • Recommended wines:
    • Tribute Series Gewurztraminer (dry white with spicy flavors)
    • Messina Hof Dry Riesling (dry white wine with crisp citrusy flavors)
    • Messina Hof Sparkling Rosé (dry rosé with berry flavors)
    • Messina Hof Lepard Vineyard Chenin Blanc (semi-dry white wine with citrus and rose petal flavors)

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

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