TABLE TO How to Eat and Drink like an Arizona Winemaker
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Dos Cabezas WineWorks Sparkling Pink This bubbly wine has a wonderful balance of red berry and crisp citrus flavors which complement the rich and roasted sweetness of this cream soup. third course
Little Gem BLT Salad with Pillsbury, Rhone Red
easonal and fresh produce, meats and cheeses paired with Arizona wines can create a culinary experience reminding your taste buds what garden fresh is all about. Palette at Phoenix Art Museum offers a seasonal menu of items that pair perfectly with Arizona’s best wines. Pairing wines with dishes can take a little practice. To help, Palette’s own general manager and resident wine expert, David Rivera, created a sample menu to illuminate the fine art of wine pairing, the perfect primer to get any novice wine aficionado started on the path to selecting the perfect wine complement.
With the bold and fatty flavors of bacon and bleu cheese, this salad is best paired with a daring, bold wine that finishes with a delicate note, like this Rhone Red with a strawberry fragrance and a mild pepper finish. fourth course
Farmer’s Market Sandwich with Keeling Schaefer, Grenache Rosé This pairing is all about the picnic flavors. The juicy chicken, Arizona dates and buttery pesto mayo compliment this bold and bitter rose. fifth course
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Bonita Springs Vineyard Muscat
Honey Almond Brie with Arizona Angel, Moscato
A wise master sommelier once said the only rule for pairing dessert wine is to keep the wine just slightly sweeter than the dessert. The sweet pear flavors in this Muscat work well with the bitter-sweet chocolate of this cake.
This Arizona Angel Moscato is light, semisweet, and refreshing, with enough acidity to complement the silky and savory brie, highlighting the richness of the apple compote topping the brie.
The next time you stop by the Museum, be sure to visit Palette to experience local produce and Arizona wine pairings! Visit us Tuesday through Sunday and to view the full fall menu visit www.phxart.org/palette.
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