A Summer Favorite: Peaches and Wine

August 13, 2013

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Peaches are often called the Queen of Fruit for their beauty, unmistakable flavor and distinct texture. In Missouri, these sweet and juicy fruits are best during June, July and August, which makes them the quintessential fruit of the season. As we ease into late summer, consider pairing this fruit with another Missouri favorite: wine.

By themselves, peaches pair well with Traminette. However, when you consider all the options one has by incorporating peaches into other dishes, the fruit and wine pairing combinations present a world of possibilities.

As always, the best pairing is the one that you like. Look for fresh peaches at your local grocery store of farmers market when sampling the delicious summer recipes below.

Grilled Peaches in Wine: This is perhaps the most straightforward method of combining these two summer delights. Lightly grill the peach slices, let cool and place in a glass of your favorite Missouri wine. Easy as pie.
Pair with a red or white of your choice.

Grilled Peaches With Wine Syrup (two ways): For this recipe, use the wine as a complementary garnish to the peaches. Try using a Catawba for the wine syrup and serve this dish as a standalone dessert or as chutney served alongside pork.
Pair the dessert with a fruit or dessert wine.
Pair the chutney with pork and Traminette.

Chilled Peach Soup with Fresh Goat Cheese: Served cold, this summer soup combines peaches, cucumbers, bell peppers, apricots and more. The goat cheese adds a creamy and savory aspect. A garnish of fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil catapults this dish into culinary heaven.
Pair with a Sparkling wine.

Vietnamese Peach Relish: Use firm, ripe peaches for this slightly spicy relish. It’s easy to prepare and goes great with seafood, like grilled shrimp or other light, white fish.
Pair with a Vignoles or Vidal.

Grilled Green Beans and Peaches: If you’re looking for a quick, tasty and healthy side dish, try this recipe. The beans will be crisp and tender and the peaches lightly charred.
Pair with a Traminette.

Kaiserschmarrn with Peaches: Kaiserschmarrn is a popular Austrian dessert comprised simply of a light, fried pancake. It can be served as breakfast or as a dessert. This recipe combines lightly browned peaches, warm blackberries and confectioner’s sugar atop the sliced, caramelized kaiserschmarrn.
Pair with a dessert wine or Traminette.

Buttermilk Biscuit Peach Cobbler: Unlike a traditional cobbler, this recipe suggests baking the biscuits separately for the crust, and then adding them toward the end of the baking cycle so they can soak up some juices without getting soggy.
Pair with a fruit wine or Chambourcin.

Poached Peaches with Baked Ricotta: Served as a dessert, this recipe truly showcases this fuzzy fruit. Poached peaches and peach simple syrup is served over squares of baked ricotta to create a sweet and savory summer delight.
Pair with a dessert wine or Concord.

No matter what combination you create, it’s sure to be tasty. Just remember to have fun as you try new pairings and enjoy!