For the second episode of the 90+ Cellars Wine Truck Sessions, we’re hopping in our Rosé Truck once again, along with some friends, and serving up summer... virtually!
This week our Wine Director, Brett, headed to Worcester, Mass. to wine and dine with the folks at Livia’s Dish. Brett, along with co-owners and husband/wife team Oriola (front of house) and Enton (head chef), take us through some easy summer dishes and great wines to pair with each. Check out the full video below -- we hope it will inspire you to experiment with food and wine pairings at home. Follow @90pluscellars on Instagram, where we’ll be announcing our upcoming Wine Truck Sessions and watch our first episode here!
Pick: Lot 49 Sparkling Rosé
Nothing says summer like a juicy tomato picked right from the garden, but tomatoes can be a challenging pairing because of their high acidity. Sparkling wines are a great choice, because they are made from grapes typically grown in cooler areas and harvested at lower sugar and higher acid levels. Easy yet elevated, a delicious caprese salad and Sparkling Rosé make for a particularly bright, refreshing pair.
Core pick: Lot 42 Pinot Grigio
Reserve pick: Lot 126 Sancerre
We get major heart eyes for cured meats in any form, whether piled high on a charcuterie board or in a portable panini, like the one at Livia’s Dish. The high salt in cured meats requires a fresh wine with crisp acidity, because the salt factor diminishes the acid in the wine and can make it seem flat. Crisp white wines are great for complementing the salty fattiness of cured meats, which is why we recommend reaching for a Pinot Grigio or Sancerre with generous citrus and floral notes.
Reserve pick: Lot 27 Barbera d’Alba
Collector pick: Lot 26 Barolo
Grilling is synonymous with summer, and we love a big, delicious burger as much as anyone. The richness and fattiness of the burger pairs well with a full bodied, tannic red wine. Why not take a high-low approach and indulge in a more expensive wine, like a Barolo, with a simple burger.
To purchase these, and all 90+ Cellars wines online, check out ninetypluscellars.com. And next time you’re in Worcester, stop by Livia’s Dish, or Oriola and Enton’s other restaurant, Altea’s Eatery, for breakfast, brunch, or lunch!