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Dining with Wine Inspirations

Dining inspirations paired with varietals from Highway 101 Wines.


Cabernet Sauvignon
Grilled steak with chimichurri sauce: Pair a juicy grilled steak, such as ribeye or sirloin, with a zesty chimichurri sauce made from parsley, garlic, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. The robust flavors of the Cabernet Sauvignon enhance the richness of the steak.

Mushroom risotto: Prepare a creamy mushroom risotto with Arborio rice, sautéed mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, and a touch of thyme. The earthiness of the mushrooms complements the deep, dark fruit flavors in Cabernet Sauvignon.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers: Marinate shrimp in a citrusy marinade, skewer them, and grill them to perfection. Serve with a side of jasmine rice and a fresh green salad. The zesty flavors of the shrimp complement the vibrant acidity of Colombard.
Grilled Chicken Salad: Create a light and refreshing salad with grilled chicken breast, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a citrus vinaigrette. Colombard's crispness enhances the salad's flavors.

Goat Cheese Tart: Bake a delicious tart with a flaky crust, filled with creamy goat cheese, caramelized onions, and thyme. Colombard's bright acidity cuts through the richness of the cheese, making for a delightful pairing.

Grilled Steak: Enjoy a juicy grilled steak, seasoned with herbs and accompanied by roasted potatoes and grilled vegetables. The rich and robust flavors of the steak complement the smoothness of Merlot.

Mushroom Risotto: The earthy flavors of mushroom risotto blend beautifully with the fruitiness and medium body of Merlot. Add some Parmesan cheese for an extra savory touch.

Lamb Chops: Cook tender lamb chops with garlic and rosemary, and serve them with mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans. The lamb's gamey flavors work well with the soft tannins in Merlot.

Watermelon and feta salad: Combine juicy watermelon chunks, crumbled feta cheese, fresh mint, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. The fruity and slightly acidic notes of Rosé complement the sweet and savory elements of the salad.

Grilled chicken with summer vegetables: Grill marinated chicken breasts alongside seasonal vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. Rosé's versatility and crispness make it an excellent choice for this light and flavorful dish.

Grilled seafood: Serve grilled shrimp, scallops, or fish with a squeeze of lemon and fresh herbs. Vermentino's crisp acidity and citrusy notes complement the flavors of the seafood beautifully.

Mediterranean salad: Create a refreshing salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, olives, and a light vinaigrette. Vermentino's vibrant character pairs well with the Mediterranean flavors.


Remember, these suggestions are general guidelines, and personal preferences may vary. It's always a good idea to explore different flavor combinations and find what works best for you. Enjoy your meal and wine pairing!


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