Thursday, April 5, 2018

Recipe Thursday: The Perfect Match for Aioli

The best food and wine pairings achieve one of two things: 1) the flavors complement and match each other in harmony or 2) the flavors provide a contrast that neutralize the palate and prepare one for the next bite. Strolling through Southern France in the warmer months, one everyday pairing that exemplifies the latter is aioli and rosé. The creamy, garlicky aioli and crisp, bright rosé elicit a wonderful contrast on the palate, begging for another bite. Aioli can be found as a condiment alongside pommes frites, cruditées and sandwiches, to name a few.

Photo: Family Circle

Aioli can also be more than a mere dipping medium. The aioli in Family Circle’s Roasted Salmon with Citrus Ginger Aioli serves as a rich sauce, bringing roasted salmon to the next level. The only thing this dish is missing is the perfect bottle of rosé to accompany it, and nothing could be better than one from Provence, like Château Revelette’s Coteaux d’Aix Rosé. Going back to our two rules of food and wine pairing, every once in a while, you’ll come across a truly fantastic duo that checks off both. This is it. The light, mineral-driven rosé cuts through the richness of the aioli, while simultaneously the ginger and citrus notes on the wine brilliantly match the orange and ginger in the salmon.

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