Wine Pairing #OTD: Tomatoes
By The ThirstyNest Editors
In case you’ve been living under a rock...or in the Southern Hemisphere...the last of tomato season is upon us. It’s that time of year when the BLT isn’t just a bacon sandwich, it’s a tomato sandwich with bacon. If you’re lucky enough to live near a Farmer’s Market or have access to local produce you may already be swimming in these delicate juicy wonders.
Of course this begs the inevitable question - how to pair such a delectable ingredient with wine? The challenge with tomatoes comes from their staggering acidity. However, fear not as we have a collection of perfect partners for your end of Summer tomato bounty.
As you may have seen in our article about our 2 Rules for Perfect Pairings Every Time, like goes with like. When something is as high in acidity as a late-Summer tomato it needs to be met by an equal partner. Here are a few selections that help to balance out these sweet and sour Summertime darlings.
- Sparkling Pinot Noir
Most sparkling wine typically has bracing acidity to compete with the mouth filling bubbles. Sometimes the grapes are even picked slightly early to preserve their sour nature before they turn to sweeter berries.
Pinot Noir adds an additional element of ripe fruit as well, making it the perfect varietal with the delicate sweetness of a tomato. The bubbles also have a beautiful capability to pair with fattier foods so this really is the idea BLT-date. Try the sparkling rosé of Pinot Noir from Sokol Blosser for the ultimate pairing.
- Dry Rosé
Dry Rosé really is a chameleon wine. It has some of the rich fruit of a red with the lean acid of a white. Those two characteristics are the same delicious aspects that make up tomatoes as well!
Slice up some of those juicy heirlooms and put them on some rustic bread with flaky sea salt and a drip of olive oil. Have them alongside a bright dry Rosé and you’ll notice in no time that you’ll have the prettiest in pink Summertime send-off. Don’t say bye-bye to Rosé for too long since we like to drink it well into Fall with roasted squash and pie.
- Sauvignon Blanc
When we talk about acidic wines we have to speak about Sauvignon Blanc. This grape has both the tendency and tenacity to be utterly mouth-watering. That mouth-watering acidity is what makes it so lovely with a tomato and basil salad. Throw in some squash blossoms and you’ll have a perfect afternoon snack while you pack up your rompers and maxi dresses.
We’ll miss Summer for sure, but these tomato pairings will help it stick around just a little bit longer. We can't say the same for your tan.