Savory Tuesday: Asheville Kitchen Recipes

Asheville’s One-Stop Shop for home remodeling needs brings you Savory Tuesday: featuring delicious Asheville kitchen recipes paired with a complimentary wine from Metro Wines, the newest wine studio in Asheville.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Recipe:

Berry Spinach Salad w/ Strawberry Dressing

asheville kitchen summer salad recipes

Celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer with this fruit salad and a great rosé.

Although it’s still officially spring, for us summer really begins with Memorial Day weekend.  As the days become warmer, we look to the farmers markets for strawberries and green produce, which are now beginning to ripen beautifully. And what better way to enjoy them than in a fresh salad brimming with different textures from sweet fruit, crisp lettuce, and crunchy pecans?   The recipe’s sweet / tart dressing made from honey and vinegar continues these contrasts while pulling the entire salad together.

We think the best wine to usher in the summer and complement this salad is a rosé. We love a great rosé because it combines the rich flavors of a red wine with the refreshing qualities of a white.

And the good news is that these rosés double as the perfect patio wine.

Bieler Pere et Fils 2012 Bieler Pere et Fils Rosé is a delicious dry rosé from Provence. This rich, deeply colored rosé from five hillside vineyards of Coteaux d'Aix in Provence is Syrah-driven (55%) blended with 25% Grenache, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cinsault. It’s soft cranberry-red in color with a gorgeous nose of raspberry, cherry, and wild strawberry. It is beautifully crisp and flavorful on the palate with medium body and notes of red berries, bing cherries, spice and no oak. The finish is long and refreshing, with a spicy minerality.

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose 2011 The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé from Germany is a true rosé, made with the traditional process of separately fermenting the juice from the grapes versus the juice from the skins, and then blending them later.  This process requires more effort, but a taste shows you it is well worth it.  The process extracts a lovely salmon color from the Pinot Noir grapes. The resulting wine is juicy yet light and refreshing, with deliciously bright fruit flavors and a clean, zippy finish.

More Information Metro Wines: Metro Wines, located at 169 Charlotte Street, offers a wide selection of wines focusing on pairing just the right wine with any dish or event. Here you will find grape specific shelves as well as categories ranging “from $10 and under” to the “bucket list.” Proprietors John Kerr and Gina Trippi share the philosophy that wine is about friends, family and community. Both are always available to answer questions, offer suggestions, share stories and work with your caterer or event planner. Metro Wines is also home to the Semi Public Space for Contemporary Art presenting rotating exhibits from acclaimed artists across the country. At Metro Wines, you will always find great wine on the shelves and great art on the walls! Visit metrowinesasheville.com for our wine tasting events and wine blog.

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