Do Wine & Vinegar Mix?
Summer is upon us and salads created with fresh vegetables and fruits are a favorite seasonal fare. But many salad dressings contain vinegar, and the acid in vinegar can clash with wine. Is there any wine that pairs well with vinegar dressings? Here’s a tip from Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, authors of “What to Drink with What You Eat.”
Many restaurants serve salads dressed with verjus (the juice of unripe fruit, such as grapes or apples) rather than vinaigrette to avoid this problem, or they’ll add wine-friendly ingredients, such as meats, cheeses or nuts to help the pairing. If you must pair a wine with a vinegary dish, select a high-acid wine — for example, Sauvignon blanc or, if you want a red wine, a chianti.