“What to drink with what” is always a question when planning a meal for friends and guests, and it’s even more challenging with summer menus and wine. Steak and grilled chicken are pretty easy, but what about BBQ? Sorbet? Mexican? We recently spent some time with Food and Beverage Director Josh Pendley of The Westin Charlotte to get his picks on great wines to drink with our favorite summer foods. If you haven’t been, JP Charlotte is an elegant uptown space, perfect for dinner before you head out.
So Josh, This Summer, What Wine Should We Drink With…
Lyric by Etude California Pinot Noir
Rich in ripe cherry, red raspberry and fresh strawberry, this youthful Pinot Noir drinks complex with hints of cinnamon, cardamom, sandalwood and cola. Offering an elegant structure, silky tannins and bright acidity, this Pinot Noir is captivating in its youth and makes a wonderful counterpart to a variety of dishes….WINE.COM
Jordan Vineyard Napa Cabernet
Intense aromas of cassis, black currants, blackberries and ripe cherries with a lovely floral note. The palate is rich and seductive, with concentrated flavors of blackberries and cassis interwoven seamlessly with fine tannins from new French oak barrels…JORDAN WINERY.COM
Chateau De Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc
Hirsch Gruner Veltliner #1
Moet Imperial Brut Champagne
The world’s best-selling Champagne, this bottling is impressive. It has become slightly drier over the years, currently emphasizing the fruit quality with apple and lime flavors. The acidity and crisp texture make it immediately attractive. Light and fruity at the end, it is a good apéritif wine….WINEMAG.COM
Stellina Di Notte Italy Pinot Grigio
Stellina di Notte, meaning “little night star,” features aromas of melon, kiwi, and golden apple. Smooth and silky on the palate, it offers lush tropical fruit and citrus flavors, balanced by a pleasant minerality.
And of course during the summer, Josh says Chateau Minuty Rose goes with anything!
This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel…MAJESTIC WINE
JP Charlotte’s at THE WESTIN CHARLOTTE
601 South College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202