Just in time for summer, Culina, Modern Italian welcomes Sommelier Rebekah Turpin to the Culina team. Here, she shares her four favorite wines to sip al fresco either on their own, or paired with a delicious seasonal dish, cheers!
From the Loire Valley in France Sancerre, Sancerre is the perfect crisp, light white wine to enjoy throughout the summer. It has bright acidity, overtones of citrus fruit, and nice minerality making it a perfect pairing for summer salads. For guests dining al fresco on the Culina patio, I like to recommend the Pascal Jolivet, Sancerre with a seasonal dish such as the Tricolore or Chopped Salad – they’re delicious!
Bubbles are the perfect summer companions as they can be enjoyed at any time of the day. With prominent fruit and berry characteristics, sparkling rose prosecco offers a wide variety of food pairing options: from waffles and pancakes topped with fresh berries, to summer fruit salads and all types of seafood, including salmon, oysters and shrimp. The next time you’re joining us for Sunday brunch, be sure to try the La Tordera, Rose extra brut Prosecco – you won’t be disappointed.
Riesling has gorgeous sweet stone fruit aromas, Meyer lemon, apricot, peaches and floral notes of honeysuckle, making it a perfect light and fresh seasonal sipping wine. Pair Riesling with anything that has some spice to it – the Ippoglosso crudo is an excellent choice, paired with the Selbach-oster, Spätlese, Riesling from Saar Germany.
A light red wine, Beaujolais comes from the gamay grape found just south of Burgundy France. This light, ultra-fruity wine is perfect for when the temperatures are rising, but you’re in the mood for a glass of red. Served slightly chilled, this is the ultimate wine to pair with a cheese plate and a gorgeous summer sunset.