Perfect Pairings for Tomato-licious Dishes

Perfect Pairings for Tomato-licious Dishes

mozza-heirloom-tomato-caprese-salad-646With the summer solstice just a few days away, the season’s most anticipated crop—juicy, flavorful heirloom tomatoes—won’t be far behind. Here, then, are some great ways to enjoy that precious fruit and the ideal wines to sip alongside.

You can’t beat an Heirloom Tomato Caprese salad, Italy’s perfect combination of tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. But really, any simple tomato salad is a great way to enjoy heirlooms, especially when paired with a similarly light, refreshing wine:

LE PETITE PERRIERE Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Loire, France) $10
TERRA D’ORO Pinot Grigio 2013 (Santa Barbara County, CA) $16
GEYSER PEAK Pinot Grigio 2013 (California) $14

Something a little richer, but still featuring raw or barely-cooked tomatoes, like Heirloom Tomato Pesto Pasta or an heirloom tomato BLT, deserves a slightly richer—but still crisp—wine:

PINE RIDGE Chardonnay “Dijon Clones” 2012 (Carneros, Napa Valley, CA) $34
AVANT Chardonnay 2013 (California) $17
ISABEL MONDAVI Chardonnay 2012 (Carneros, Napa Valley, CA) $30

Homemade Salsa is a great way to enjoy heirloom tomatoes, whether the salsa is in tacos, over nachos, or alongside chips. A perfect pairing for fruity tomato salsa? A fruity rosé:

SILVERADO VINEYARDS “Sangiovese Rosado” 2013 (Napa Valley, CA) $25
ENCANTADO Rosé 2013 (Napa Valley, CA) $24
BERGERIE DE L’HORTUS Rosé 2013 (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) $15

If you cook your tomatoes, as in these Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Tomato Sauce, go for a simple red wine, but one that will still work with the fruitiness of the tomatoes. Try:

LA MONTESA Red Wine 2011 (Rioja, Spain) $20
SEDARA Red Wine “Sicilia” 2011 (Sicily, Italy) $16
STEELHEAD Red Wine 2011 (North Coast, CA) $15

What tomato-licious dishes are you most looking forward to this summer? Let us know below.

Photo Credit: bon appétit.

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