No self-respecting foodie would be caught dead serving plain table salt these days. Garlic salt? Lemon salt? Those are old hat by now. Why not consider sprucing up your dinner table with something really new: wine salt.
Admittedly, your pantry may already be stocked with much of the good stuff—salt sourced from the Himalayas or hand-harvested off the coast of France. For, as we all know, there’s nothing like flavored salt to add additional panache to a gourmet spread. But several companies now offer something a taste above: wine-infused salts, with flavors from muscat to merlot.
La Tienda, Salts of the 7 Seas and Salt Works all stock different varieties… or should we say varietals? Just follow the pairing guidelines of their liquid counterparts. White wine salts work well for seasoning vegetables and fish; we’d reach for a red wine salt to accompany a juicy steak or hearty stew.
The flavors are subtle, delicious and refined. While there’s no risk you’ll confuse the salt shaker with your wine glass, these crystals do add some wine essence to whatever they’re seasoning.