A truly great wine not only impresses enophiles, it pairs well with dinner. And then there are rockstar wines—the kind that not only impress, but are versatile. These wines stand up to simple, straightforward dishes as well as more complex, intricate combinations of flavors on the plate. Our reds and whites made in collaboration with Pax Mahle and Ian Brand are most definitely in this rockstar category. Check out our pairing tips for L’Ptit Paysan Chardonnay, Pax Red and Pax White—and discover why rockstar wines make for a memorable dinner. If you want to try them for yourself, order here by June 17th!
L’Ptit Paysan Chardonnay
Le P’tit Paysan is the exact opposite of the classic, oaky Chardonnay. This one has no oak or buttery flavors, and instead is loaded with crisp-green-apple, mineral and floral notes. This is Chardonnay in its purest, most food-friendly form (it’s a shame that this grape’s subtleties are so often masked by aging the wine in oak). This wine’s bright zestiness leaves your mouth watering for sip after refreshing sip—which is why it pairs so well with rich and light dishes alike.
Tip 1: Cut the fat
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice over fried shrimp cuts its richness and refreshes your palate for your next bite. This wine has the same effect on food, so try it with our Fried Chicken and Kale Slaw.
Tip 2: The fresher the better
The wine’s same brightness that can cut through the fat of a richer, heartier dish also serves to draw out and enhance the flavors of fresh vegetables. Let this wine enliven our Summer Bean & Goat Cheese Panzanella.
Packed with plum and berry flavors, as well as intriguing notes of black pepper and spice, this wine is rich yet fresh and vibrant. It’s a blend of Carignan, Syrah and Petite Sirah, traditionally bigger, bolder varieties. But Pax’s signature style is to ensure the grapes are picked before they’re overly ripe so as to preserve their alluring aromas and flavors. This way, the wine complements food, and doesn’t overpower it.
Tip 1: Make it meaty
While this wine shows plenty of complexity, it’s still a California red aged in oak—so it has the full flavors that complement richer dishes and the tannins to cleanse and prime your palate for another bite. You can pair it with any burger, this is an interesting wine; opt for something more creative, like our Ginger Pork Burger.
Tip 2: Spice is nice
Dishes with spice—not hot spice, per se—always play well together in the same way that baked-fruit desserts are accented by cinnamon and cardamom. Similarly, the fruit of this wine complements the spice of our Spiced Lamb & Beef Tagine.
The thing to love about this wine is how delightfully deceptive it is. Its fruity aromas suggest the wine is sugary—yet it’s almost completely dry, with a bright zestiness that makes your mouth water for more. The powerful, alluring aromas and overall vibrancy of the wine are what help it pair so well with wildly different types of dishes.
Tip 1: White with light, summery fare
A light, crisp white wine draws out the fresh flavors of vegetables, and makes something so seemingly simple as a salad taste much richer—even more exciting. This particular wine’s aromas will add an extra dimension to our Romaine, Potato & Snap Pea Salad.
Tip 2: Opposites often do attract
In the same way that fruit matches spice or hot matches sour, a light, floral wine can often provide a delightful contrast to an earthy, savory dish. Sometimes it takes just one ingredient to bridge the gap, as black garlic does in our Shoyu Ramen.