Strawberries and Wine Pairing

If you are living in Ontario, you are probably well aware when Strawberries are in season.  And with such a variety of ways to eat them, there are also dozens of different types of beverages to pair them with.

strawberry with balsamic vinegerette

On their own, or with a tiny bit of sugar, Strawberries are fantastic with a slightly sweet sparkling wine.    A sparkling white Zinfandel is a great pairing as well as they are often full of strawberry flavours.

Another favourite way to eat strawberries is to marinate them in a light red wine, such as a young Beaujolais.

One dessert I just can’t get enough of is Strawberry Shortcake, and boy is this ever great with a sweet ice wine.  Pairing this with a sweet sparkling wine is also heavenly.  If you live in Ontario, try it with Peller Estates Ice Cuvee, or their Ice Cuvee Rose.  These recommended wines would also go great with a strawberry tart.

Strawberries & Cream

For strawberries with cream, a charming Muscat-de-Beaumes-de-Venise is lip smacking pair as each component  brings out the best in one another.  However if it’s in your budget, a Sauternes is our number one choice.

For any other dishes, such as strawberries dipped in milk chocolate, or strawberry mouse, the wines listed above should all pair fine.  If, however, you are not a fan of sweeter or sparkling wines, you can always turn towards a Viognier for a white wine pairing.  A bright and light Californian Pinot Noir, or a Gamay should make for a pleasant combination.

Strawberries, Black Pepper & Baco Noir

For something really interesting, try Henry Of Pelham’s Baco Noir, along with strawberries and freshly cracked black pepper!

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