By Katy Anderson | Contributing Author
Rosé is one of the most versatile food pairings because it combines elements of both red and white wine and complements food, rather than competing with it. It also happens to be pink in color and perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day. Here are some of my favorite pairings for Reddy Vineyards award-winning 2019 Signature Dry Rosé, and where you can enjoy a bite or make your own at home!
The bright acidity of rosés makes them a perfect accompaniment for seafood. Dry rosés pair seamlessly with all kinds of salmon dishes, especially when grilled. The fruitiness brings out the flavors in Roaring Fork’s (Austin, TX and Scottsdale, AZ) Cedar Plank Scottish Salmon, glazed in an apricot teriyaki glaze.
If you’re looking for more than just a pairing, try Julia Frey (Vikalinka)’s recipe for Baked Salmon with Rosé Wine Cream Sauce. Warning- if cooking and drinking, you may want to pick up two bottles! If you’re anything like me, having great wine on hand is a must, so the Reddy Vineyards Wine Club is a huge help. They send award-winning, hand-picked wine each season from their family vineyard in Texas.
Rice Based Dishes
Paella is a Spanish rice dish cooked in one pan with a heavy hand of saffron and various combinations of vegetables and proteins. The options depend on the region but typically include short or medium-grain rice, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, parsley, chicken, or seafood.
To pair with a rosé, I’d recommend a seafood-based paella with shrimp, mussels, and calamari. Tastes Better from Scratch has a great recipe that she learned during her time living in Spain. If you’re less inclined in the kitchen, head over to our friends at Bulla Gastro Bar in Plano, TX. They also boast an amazing charcuterie selection and grilled octopus, both excellent selections for Reddy Vineyards 2020 Lifestyle Rosé, one of their Wine Club exclusives.
The typical pairing for white wines is chicken but add in a little bit of spice or a fried skin, and rosé will become your new best friend. The combination is a great contrast to the acidity and fruitiness of a dry rosé. I love finding chicken recipes with a little bit of heat but not too much that it overpowers the wine.
The easiest option is a bucket of fried chicken. None have quite compared to my college days at Magnolia Gas Station in New Orleans, but I’ll keep searching. For a more refined take, try the Texas Chicken Lettuce Wraps at Republic Texas Tavern in Dallas, TX. The heat of the jalapenos and spice on the thyme and garlic chicken are the perfect contrast to Reddy Vineyards 2019 Signature Rosé. If you’re staying in, Bon Appetite Magazine can do no wrong, including their recipe for Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
Other great pairings include light salads, soft cheeses like goat cheese or brie, or one of my personal favorite snacking options, hummus. The options are truly endless, and I’d love to hear some of your favorite pairings with Reddy Vineyards 2019 Signature Rosé!
Reddy Vineyards was founded in 1997 by acclaimed viticulturist Dr. Vijay Reddy. Today, their family’s vineyards in the AHA West Plains of Texas span over 300+ acres and produce award-winning wines. Each wine is made in small batches by hand-selecting the best fruit, including their Reserve labels that are the most luxurious of the bunch. By joining their seasonal Wine Club, you’ll receive exclusive wines along with free shipping, complimentary wine tasting & events, and special discounts throughout the year. Sign up today– I hear there’s a very limited Rosé included in this Spring’s shipment!