Charlottesville Welcome Book Spring Summer 2020 VIRTUAL EDITION

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Seasonal Pairings Pairing Wine with Tomatoes & Peaches By Mandy Reynolds Photography by R.L. Johnson

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Gardeners far and wide often have an overabundance of tomatoes in the summer months to either enjoy fresh from the vine or as part of a favorite dish. Whether you’re harvesting beautiful heirloom tomatoes right from your garden or enjoying the bounty at the local farmers market, you are probably on the lookout for new ideas on how to serve them. Tomatoes, especially of the heirloom varieties, have beautiful, rich and varied flavors. Showcase the richness of these flavors with a traditional Italian Caprese Salad. This Italian classic “Insalata Caprese,” meaning “Salad of Capri,” is named after the famous white-cliffed resort island of Capri in the south of Italy. Creating a Caprese Salad is easy, but it is the quality of its ingredients that make it successful. A simple and elegant appetizer, it is comprised of rich flavorful tomatoes, high-quality mozzarella, a dribbling of the highest standard fruity olive oil, excellent sea salt, freshly ground pepper, then topped with the freshest basil. The flavors will truly shine, and you’ll begin to feel the fresh breeze of sea air from Capri with your very first bite. An easy and wonderful way to showcase the summer’s tomato bounty with friends, this dish is a classic. However, because tomatoes are so acidic, finding the right wine pairing can be a challenge. Stay clear of wines that are too low in acid, like a heavy oak-aged Chardonnay, as the wine will lose any pronounced flavors and come across flat. Tom Walters, who likes to be known more modestly as the wine “geek” rather then wine “expert” at Foods of All Nations, knows his stuff no matter what his preferred title. With the tomato and wine pairing challenge before us, we went to him for advice. His recommendation was Barboursville Vineyards’ 2014 Pinot Grigio for its crisp and balanced flavor. Pairing a Virginia wine made by Italians with this beautiful classic Italian dish, seemed to be a match made in heaven.


Spring/Summer 2020