Warm temperatures and brighter nights are drawing many of us onto patios to enjoy gatherings with friends and family. And a crisp and refreshing rosé is the ideal beverage to enjoy during the warmer months. Here are ten foods that pair beautifully with this summer wine.
Once the mercury rises, many of us automatically begin to crave lighter fare such as a fresh salad, which is an excellent companion to a rosé. Mix up your fixings a little by throwing in fruits like strawberries and grapes into your typical vegetable mix.
A Mediterranean tuna salad that includes tomatoes, kalamata olives, and cucumbers is also perfect patio—and rosé-approved—fare.
Swap your hot soup for a chilled one such as gazpacho, a cold tomato soup that includes fresh vegetables such as bell peppers, cucumbers, celery, and red onions. Enjoy it while sipping a glass of rose that’s been chilled on ice.
A cutting board of meats and cheeses such as Barolo salami, Iberico ham, Manchego cheese and Asiago cheese offers flavours ranging from mild to spicy. Bring in crackers or toasted bread for a crispy addition.
Steak or Ribs
You can contrast the lightness of rosé with something more substantial such as a steak fresh off the grill: go for Top sirloin, ribeye, New York strip and flank.
Grilled Chicken Breasts
Offset the colour of your rosé with a white meat like grilled chicken breast. Keep it simple with a light seasoning of lemon, oregano, and salt, or go fancier with a coating of chive herb butter.
A waterside location isn’t necessary to enjoy some fresh lobster tails, especially when they’re highlighted with a little garlic lemon butter. Garnish the dish with yellow lemon wedges to brighten the reddish shades of the tail and rosé.
Chocolate Lava Cake
You can also end your meal with a rosé and dessert pairing such as a rich and gooey chocolate lava cake. In fact, any kind of chocolate dessert, including mousse or truffles works well with the vintage.
For a lighter ending to your meal, pair rosé with a soft cheesecake, preferably topped with raspberries or strawberries. Or enjoy the rosé all on its own!