Summer sippers for kale saladJuly 13th, 2012 by brynn grimley
When it comes to greens it can be hard to know what wine will best suit the varying flavors — especially a green like kale with its bitter tendancy. Because kale is difficult to pair with wine — especially red wine — we think the best choice for Ann Vogel’s massaged kale salads is a wine that is big in the citrus department.
We’re thinking one that has lemon or grapefruit hints.
The sweetness of the fruit Vogel suggests as additions to the kale salads, as well as the cheese and nuts, will compliment most wines. So which do we recommend?
You can’t go wrong with a chardonnay without oak or a sauvignon blanc — preferrably domestic.
The unoaked chard will allow the citrus flavors to shine, and match the salad dressings. If you’d rather a sauvignon blanc — a great summer sipping wine — then we’d recommend Fetzer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc. It’s medium bodied with fresh fruit flavors. It has the typical grassy and citrus aromas expected of a sauvignon blanc, with additional flavors that would pair well with the massaged kale salads. The acidity level is crisp and the finish is all lemons. A refreshing wine for a bright salad.
If you’re leaning toward the unoaked chardonnay, we recommend Bridgeview Blue Moon Oregon Chardonnay. This wine is crisp and juicy wtih nectarine and grapefruit aromas and flavbors that extend all the way to the lingering finish. This chardonnay is lighter in style than the others, lending it plenty of charm.
If we were serving this with Vogel’s salads we opt to serve the chardonnay with the apple and Parmesan kale recipe.