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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Swiss Chard

Wine Pairings for Dishes with Native Redbuds

as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo

  • Dark, leafy greens are easily interchanged in recipes.
  • Swiss Chard is more flavorful green that carries flavor weight that pairs nicely with red wines. My favorite is rainbow as I love the colors of stems and veins.
  • Cooking Swiss Chard softens any bitterness and brings out more earthy flavors.
  • Adding additional heavier earthy elements, such as mushrooms and bacon, create depth and richness and allow for pairings with heavier and more full-bodied wines.
  • Different seasonings and spices can also be used in the dish with different flavor directions. Add garlic and onion for more savory flavors.
  • Eaten raw whites are better. Cooked I prefer reds.

 

Recommended wines:

    • Artist Series Serenity White Blend (soft-dry white blend with Semillon and Pinot Blanc)
    • Private Reserve GSM (medium-bodied dry red with an elegant finish)
    • Private Reserve Cabernet Franc (heavier-bodied dry red with earthy undertones)
    • Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (heavy-full bodied red with muscular finish)

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

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