Make it Mediterranean

We’re not here to talk about the Mediterranean Diet, this post is to share with you easy Mediterranean dishes along with suggested wine pairings. Remember, “What Grows Together Goes Together”!

Avocado and Shrimp with Sparkling Wine

This colorful dish is one of our favorites, so easy to make and very impressive! Cut an avocado in half and remove the pit. Fill with shrimp and top with crème fraîche or sour cream. Add a sprinkle of Mediterranean Sea Salt or lavender salt and garnish with fresh mint leaves. As a side, it goes well with goat cheese. What wine? We chose a Cava Rosé, which is a sparkling wine from Spain. The refreshing bubbles will balance out the texture of the food. The hint of red fruits in the wine complement the dish and adds color to the table. If you don’t have a Cava, you can use any dry sparkling wine or a dry rosé wine. 

Tomatoes Farcis with Red Wine

Let’s go vegetarian. Take two tomatoes and cut off the cap. Remove the inside of the tomato and put in a bowl. Combine with green and black olive tapenade, olive oil and eschallottes cut up in small pieces. Add salt and pepper to taste and if you like, a touch of garlic. Do not bake! This dish is served cool. For the salad, we recommend roquette or mâche. Mix with small rounds of monzarella and topic with fresh basil and of course olive oil. This dish pairs well with a red wine and particularly a blend of Syrah and Grenache? Why? Both grapes are a bit spicy and will enhance the tapenade and eschallottes. A lighter red such as Pinot Noir, risks being overpowered by the strong flavors and acidity of the tomatoes.

Here are some Fun Facts about Quinoa.

  • Pronunciation. Quinoa is pronounced ‘Keen-wah’
  • Quinoa is a seed. … 
  • Quinoa is a complete protein. … 
  • Quinoa is a good source of essential nutrients. … 
  • Quinoa is gluten free. … 
  • Quinoa thrives in a variety of climates. … 
  • Quinoa should be washed before use. … 
  • Quinoa tastes best after it’s been cooked.

Quinoa is SO healthy, yet done right, it is delicious. Buy a box of Quinoa and follow the recipe. Be careful draining out the excess water after cooking as the quinoa grains can easily sneak out through a regular drainer. Place in a bowl and leave in the refrigerator until cool. If you mix in the ingredients while the Quinoa is warm, you risk cooking the vegetables. Here, let your tastes come through, you can add nearly anything! Here we included cucumber, sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion and of course mixed in olive oil. Quinoa has a tendency to drink in flavors, so add salt, pepper and other herbs to your taste. We like to add fresh mint or basil for a hint of freshness and color. A cheese plate with bread is a great way to finish the meal. We suggest you pair this salad with either a fresh white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or a Rosé.

Quinoa Salad


Sante!

Published by Amy Griffin Maffre

Hello, My name is Amy Griffin-Maffre and I have worked in the world of wine for over twenty years. Previously, my name was Amy Mumma, but I changed it to Maffre when I married my stunning French vigneron husband. We live in Provence with our dog Sammy, a rescue, and our company is called La Vie Méditerranée. Through La Vie Mediterranée we share the Mediterranean Lifestyle through beauty, perfume and wine. I work as a wine consultant and educator and my approach to wine is non-egotistical, fun and creative. You can read more about me on this site, make sure you have a glass of wine in hand. Santé!

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