As all those 21 and up know, nothing classes up an evening like properly paired wine. Here to help you out, those of us at Greens to Grounds have the perfect pairings to accompany your weekly box. Within any given Greens to Grounds fall box, you might find squash, baguettes, cheese, apples or grapes. Below you’ll find all you need to host the bougiest soiree of your closest friends. Drink responsibly and never say no to a good cheese platter!
Sweet wines balance the saltiest cheeses like hard Grana, blue cheese, aged Gouda, or feta. If you plan to fill your platter with blue cheese, we recommend a citrusy Riesling like Hogue Late Harvest Riesling ($10.99). If your cheese is among the lighter variety, you can’t go wrong with Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc ($12.99).The honeydew, nectarine, and peach flavors go perfectly with some veggies and cheese.
While cheese usually pairs best with white wine, Yellowtail Shiraz ($9.99) is there for the red wine fans. It leaves a lingering aftertaste of ripe strawberries and cherries, as well as some vanilla undertones. This Shiraz goes best with crackers and strong cheeses, but can also accompany your basic cheddar.
White Zinfandel is the gateway wine for many wine drinkers, an introduction to wine through the light, pink, and delicious combination. Pairing nicely with apples, pears and the like, we recommend Sutter Home White Zinfandel ($5.49).
Known as the “king of the reds,” Cabernet will also accompany your light, fresh fruits like apples. We recommend Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon ($10). This particular Cabernet is fruit-forward, offering ripe cherry and blackberry flavors.
If you’re a spaghetti squash fan like me, this squash dish pairs best with a bright Riesling. If you’re looking for a step up from Barefoot, try Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling ($10). For pan-fried butternut squash, try this delicious fall favorite in pasta with spinach. What makes it better is a California Chardonnay. We recommend Edna Valley Chardonnay ($14.99) to bring out the buttery squash flavor.
If you’re not a white wine fan, we recommend the Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir ($14.79). It shows a supple texture and an enticing plum, tart cherry, cranberry, and spiced vanilla character. Drink with your roasted butternut squash dish and enjoy!
For a snack as simple but flavorful as Shady Lane Granola, we recommend pairing this with a light Pinot Gris (not to be confused with Pinot Grigio). For a cheap but quality wine, try Acrobat Pinot Gris ($12).
Since granola typically doesn’t scream “red wine,” for this snack try a sweet port to accompany your “dessert.” Available at local grocery stores, pick up a bottle of Taylor’s Tawny Port ($6.99) and enter the world of dessert wine.
Champagne, or really any dry, bubbly white wine, pairs well with grapes. If you’re on a budget, you can’t go wrong with André California Champagne ($4.52). However, if you’re trying to class up the evening a bit, “splurge” for Almondage Flavored California Champagne ($9.99).
Pair all with our fresh baguette and create the perfect classy evening!