When the temperature rises and summer sizzles, who wants to heat up the kitchen by using the oven? Here are a duo of light summer appetizers that you can use to start a refreshing meal or string together for a flavorful light dinner. Naturally, here at Bottlenotes a glass of wine is never out of reach to complement each dish and provide thirst-quenching relief.
Summer Squash Sauté: If you garden, summer means an abundance of zucchini and summer squash. And if you’re friends with a gardener, it also means you may wake up to find a large bag of zucchini left at your doorstep. Not to worry. This sauté of summer squash, enlivened by the crunch of almonds, the heat of crushed red pepper, and a dusting of Parmesan cheese, calls out for a lively, vegetable-friendly white wine. Open a bottle of Austria’s signature white wine grape: gruner veltliner.
Lettuce Cups With Stir-Fried Chicken: A mix of flavorful ingredients served in lettuce makes for a fun and light way to enjoy a stir-fry without filling up on rice. And one of best wines to match a stir-fry is riesling. An off-dry riesling would work nicely, but if you skip the dip in the sweet chili sauce, a dry riesling from Australia is a fabulous choice. Look for examples from the Clare Valley.