Pairing Wine with Fruits and Vegetables

Spring and summer are ushering in a new batch of colorful fruits and vegetables, and we've selected recipes made from some of our favorites–with delightful wine pairings to match. By: Brooke Smith

  • Keepin' It Fresh
    Beau Gustafson

    Keepin' It Fresh

    Certain fruits and vegetables can only be sustained by consistently warm temperatures and plentiful sunlight, which means it's spring and summer's time to shine. To get the most out of fresh produce, we've come up with 10 of our favorite recipes and accompanying wine pairing suggestions. Now all you have to do is grab your tote and head to the farmers market.
  • Watermelon and Rosé Sparkling Wine
    Photo: Kana Okada; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Watermelon and Rosé Sparkling Wine

    Nothing says summer quite like the first bite of sweet, juicy watermelon on a hot day. Watermelon Salad with Mint and Crispy Prosciutto and a crisp and fruity brut rosé Champagne or sparkling wine make a refreshing duo. The effervescence of the wine plays well off the melon's crisp texture and inherent sweetness while contrasting nicely with the salty prosciutto.

    Recipe: Watermelon Salad with Mint and Crispy Prosciutto

  • Summer Vegetables and Beaujolais
    Howard L. Puckett

    Summer Vegetables and Beaujolais

    Bell peppers, zucchini, and squash, oh my! This healthy, flavorful Chicken Piccata with Summer Vegetable Pasta includes a wide array of the season's signature veggies. The fruitiness and minerality of Beaujolais, a lighter-bodied French red wine made from the Gamay grape, make it a great match with many elements in the recipe: the juicy chicken and the fresh, earthy components of vegetables and capers.

    Recipe: Chicken Piccata with Summer Vegetable Pasta

  • Sweet Onions and Gewürztraminer
    Robbie Caponetto

    Sweet Onions and Gewürztraminer

    When sautéed, sweet onions reveal even more of their natural sweetness. And when playing the starring role in this warm, flaky, perfect-for-brunch Sweet Onion Pie, they are at their best. Gewürztraminer, an aromatic white wine loaded with flavors of tropical fruit and sweet spices, brilliantly enhances the earthy, yet mild sweetness of the cooked onions. Try an Old World-style Gewürztraminer from Alsace in France. Recipe: Sweet Onion Pie

  • Avocados and Albariño
    Matthew Hranek

    Avocados and Albariño

    Thankfully, we can say goodbye to hard, unripe avocados for the time being. Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw would be seriously lacking without the deliciousness of ripe avocados and lime juice, both of which make this recipe pair beautifully with a bright, zesty, fruity Albariño from Spain. The wine's vibrant acidity counterbalances the richness of the avocado and livens up the fresh, grilled fish.

    Recipe: Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw

  • Eggplant and Syrah
    James Baigrie

    Eggplant and Syrah

    Listen up, red wine lovers! There is a perfect seasonal vegetable for pairing with your favorite glass of red: eggplant. When grilled, eggplant exhibits a bitterness that goes well with the more full-bodied, tannic, often smoky Syrah-based wines. Enjoy a softer, fruitier one from California or Washington or an earthier selection from the Rhone Valley in France to accentuate Grilled Eggplant Provolone.

    Recipe: Grilled Eggplant Provolone

  • Tomatoes and Sauvignon Blanc
    Andrea Gomez

    Tomatoes and Sauvignon Blanc

    Tomatoes truly come into their own at this time of year when beautifully ripe, plump tomatoes replace mealy, flavorless ones. Pick up an array of heirloom tomatoes and let them steal the show in this Marinated Heirloom Tomato Salad. Enjoy it with a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, which is bright and zesty enough to stand up to the tangy vinaigrette while perfectly showcasing the salad's pure, clean ingredients. Recipe: Marinated Heirloom Tomato Salad

  • Cherries and Pinot Noir
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Cherries and Pinot Noir

    The pairing of cherries and Pinot Noir is a match made in culinary heaven. In a light yet flavorful Grilled Chicken Salad with Cherries, the simple preparation allows the wine to shine. The ripe cherry flavors, sufficient acidity, and low tannins of a Pinot Noir bring out the freshness of the cherries in the salad and also complement the slight smokiness of the grilled chicken.

    Recipe: Grilled Chicken Salad with Cherries

  • Corn and Chardonnay
    All You

    Corn and Chardonnay

    Who doesn't love the simple goodness of fresh, sweet corn on the cob grilled to perfection? To add to its allure, corn is an extremely wine-friendly food, especially when paired with the oaky, buttery Chardonnays that hail from California and Australia. Try a glass with Grilled Corn on the Cob with Citrus Butter for the sweetest of simple pleasures.

    Recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Citrus Butter

  • Riesling and Peaches
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Riesling and Peaches

    The seasonal fruits of summer, such as juicy, succulent, sweet peaches, pair well with the sweeter Rieslings produced in Germany and Alsace. In this Spiced Shrimp with Peach Salsa, the combination of Riesling's lush fruit flavors, residual sugar, lower alcohol level, and ample acidity plays well with the heat from the spice rub while accentuating the fresh peach salsa.

    Recipe: Spiced Shrimp with Peach Salsa

  • Asparagus and Grüner Veltliner
    Southern Living

    Asparagus and Grüner Veltliner

    Fresh, simply prepared asparagus makes a delightful (and healthy) summer snack or side dish. Pair it with Austria's signature white grape variety, Grüner Veltliner, and they are both at their best. Grüner Veltliner is a medium-bodied, high acid wine boasting flavors of tropical fruit, celery, and white pepper, which make it right at home with this simple Lemon Marinated Asparagus recipe.

    Recipe: Lemon Marinated Asparagus

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