Pairing of summer fruits and wine
In summer we often prefer a light and fresh dessert than ending a meal with something too heavy. Fruit lovers know that summer is fruit heaven and we can find a greater variety of fresh and juicy fruits than the rest of the year. Let’s take advantage of it!
Pairing wine with food harmoniously can be more difficult than it seems at first thought, that’s why there are even experts dedicated exclusively to this matter, the sommeliers. In the pairing of fruit and wine, we try to find the perfect balance between each particular wine and the sweetness and acidity of the fruit, leaving the flavours of the fruit always in the background and letting the wine shine. For example, if we would pick a sweet wine and a very sweet & mature fruit, the combination wouldn’t enhance the flavours of the wine.
Wines and fruits: some pairings that work to perfection
Red & black fruits
In summer we can find ripe strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, blackberries, currants and pomegranates. These fruits of intense red shades combine perfectly with wines of similar tones. We can pair them with rosés and young, fruity, red wines. We recommend you to try these fruits with our Bibiana Wine, with a light but intense red colour and a fruity aroma.
In The Canary Islands, a great variety of tropical fruits are sold in normal supermarkets and grocery stores. Papayas, Pitayas, Mango and Passion Fruit are easy to find and these combine very good with Moscatel and sparkling wines. Try them with our Moscatel wine with a moderate sweetness.
Figs, grapes, peaches and plums
These very sweet fruits also ripen in summer and if you pick them in the perfect moment, they are just delicious. Pair them with our Padre Miguel Monje Sweet Red Wine. The aromas of past figs and its adequate acidity and light sweetness make it ideal to serve with desserts.
Melon and Watermelon
There’s nothing more refreshing in summer than having a slice of melon or watermelon after lunch. In Spain, it’s very usual to share a big fresh watermelon from the fridge with the family or even take it to the beach. We recommend you to pair them with a cold white wine, merging the wine’s flavours with the sugar and water of the fruit. Try them with our Dry Dragoblanco.
The acidity of fruits like oranges, grapefruits and mandarins also gets along very good with white wines. With these combinations we can appreciate entirely the citric aromas of the white wines such as our Fruity Dragoblanco.
Out of season, we can always find dry fruits that pair very good with sweet mature wines, like our Moscatel wine we recommended earlier. Dry fruits like almonds, walnuts, pine nuts and chestnuts can combine to perfection with wines full of personality. Here we recommend you our Red Wines with Oak Barrel Fermentation and our Monje de Autor Wines. Find all of them in our Oline Store.