First off, it’s time to announce the winner to last week’s Wine Bible Giveaway:
Allison at Life’s a Bowl!
Allison, I’ve sent an email your way. Please email me the address to which you’d like your Wine Bible shipped. Thanks so much to all who participated.
Some of you requested to learn a little bit more about wine pairings. I always love this topic. In the past I’ve made lists of wine pairings such as Cheese and Wine Pairings, Thanksgiving Wine Pairings, Wines for the BBQ, and Wines for Easter.
Today I thought that maybe I should offer up just one wine pairing from time to time. I could share one easy wine pairing for something you could make tonight and could pair with a wine you could easily pick up tonight, too. So here it is…
Here I’m talking your basic, classic basil pesto and a nice, crisp Pinot Grigio. Generally, the Italian sort will work best. Basil pesto is an Italian concoction after all. The crisp acidity of the Pinot Grigio cuts through the fat in the pesto’s olive oil. This pairing will make you happy.
Basil Pesto is so simple to make, too. It just takes some garlic, olive oil, fresh basil and parmesan. Pine nuts or other nuts are optional, too. Here are a few variations for those looking for a specific recipe, as well as a few ways to use pesto! Or if you are in a pinch, you can always buy a jar of the prepared stuff. I’m not judging.
- Basil Pesto – from The Food Network
- Easy 5-minute Pesto – from Liz I Heart Vegetables
- Raw Pesto Sauce – from Making Food & Other Stuff
- Skinny Basil Pesto – from Gina at Skinny Taste
- Perfect Pesto Every Time – from The Kitchn
Pesto is great over pasta (add some veggies or chicken!), drizzled over chicken or pork, swirled into a side of green beans or spread on toasted slices of French bread. Mmm…
If you are changing up your pesto – say, to make cilantro pesto, for example – the pairing might not work as well. I think a Sauvignon Blanc might work a little better with a cilantro pesto. A creamy pesto might go better with a heavier white, too. So for this pairing, I’d just keep it simple.
But remember, the best wine pairing is one that you enjoy! So go out and experiment!
What is your favorite way to eat pesto?
Do you have a favorite wine pairing with pesto?
Happy Wine Wednesday!