You might think a red would be an outlandish choice to serve with a salad, but if there’s a salad that demands a red wine, it’s Salade Niçoise.
Try a light red such as Pinot Noir, Chianti, Bardolino, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages or Rioja-Crianza.
The wine must be light, round, with red fruit flavors and soft tannins; and on hot summer days, it can be even be served slightly chilled (60ºF).
Wine pick: Heron Wines, 2008 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, CA. $15.
Deep ruby red with ripe fruits and plum notes, this is a classic California Pinot Noir. Light, flavor-full and beautifully balanced, the Heron Pinot Noir picks up on the savory flavors of the caper berries, olives and vinaigrette while being right at home with the grilled vegetables.
Owner and winemaker Lealy Heron’s motto might well be “less is more,” but in my case, I just want more of this well-priced and addictive Pinot.
Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.