There may be no more quintessential summer foodie indulgence than those first few bites of a perfect vine ripened tomato. In recent years, there seems to have been a rapid resurgence in the variety, textures, tastes and colours of these succulent goodies available – both at local farmers markets and grocery stores alike. From big, juicy and sweet, through to leaner and greener, these delicious varieties have taken an already incredible piece of summer produce and elevated the options available to keen foodies and home cooks.
Even the simplest tomato salads, featuring an array of colours, tastes and textures topped with a splash of olive oil and a bit of fresh basil are stunning plates that will sing next to the perfect wines. When served fresh and lightly dressed, salads such as these call for lighter, generally unoaked whites with great acidity, like Sauvignon Blanc, dry Riesling, Vinho Verde or sparkling wines like Cremant (from Burgundy or the Loire) or Champagne. Cooked tomato dishes on the other hand work beautifully with lighter to mid-weight reds like Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or Merlot.
Whether you’re sitting down for a meal at your favourite neighbourhood restaurant, or preparing a meal at home this summer, why not indulge in the best of seasonal eating by searching out new and creative ways to enjoy the best of the harvest season? These 6 recipes include a few of our favourite ways to celebrate this noble produce – and of course, matched up with a selection of our favourite new wines available right now. After all, it won’t be long before the best of the summer harvest is in the rearview mirror – so now is the time to indulge in this delicious summer-y goodness!
#1 – Crispy, Fried Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes RECIPE
Wine Match: Graham Beck Chenin Blanc
#2 – Couscous, Corn, and Tomato Salad RECIPE
Wine Match: La Chablisienne “Les Venerables” Chablis
#3 – Pork Carnitas w/ Heirloom Tomato Salsa RECIPE
Wine Match: E.Guigal Côtes du Rhône
#4 – Cherry Tomato and Basil Angel Hair Pasta RECIPE
Wine Match: Seriously Cool VQA Red by Southbrook
#5 – Chilled Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho RECIPE
Wine Match: Bodegas Muga Rosé
#6 – Scallion, and Tomato Checca Pizza RECIPE
Wine Match: Cline “Sonoma Coast” Pinot Noir