We've partnered with Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar to celebrate their summer Uncorked wine experience, where you can sip through six different wines from the Duckhorn Portfolio with your dinner starting July 1. Here, we're sharing a few of our favorite food and wine pairings inspired by the limited-time promotion.
Taking the time to pair food with wine for a special-occasion not only takes any meal over the top, but also shows that you've put some extra thought and care into what you're serving.
But matching the right bottles to the right recipes can feel like a daunting task. With thousands of grape varieties to choose from, and millions of recipes available online, where does one even begin when starting to build a menu?
To take the guesswork and stress out of planning any festive sit-down dinners this summer, here are six (restaurant-approved!) food and wine pairings that make the season's sweltering-hot weather feel just a little more manageable.
Pick out two or three of your favorite pairings for a meal that feels complete—or if you're hosting a more laid-back evening, just pick the dish that sounds most delicious and snag a bottle or two of the wine that goes with it.
6 Food & Wine Pairings for Summer
1. Burrata with Prosciutto + Rosé
A bottle of crisp, dry rosé is a must for any warm-weather get-together, and we especially like a bottle with bright notes of citrus, melon, and strawberry. Those vibrant flavors, plus the wine's refreshing acidity make it a perfect complement to creamy burrata with prosciutto and grilled bread; a few slices of ripe melon would also fit right in here. If cheese isn't your thing (it was lovely knowing you), a simple beef carpaccio would also work well.
2. Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass + Chardonnay
Seafood and Chardonnay are a no-fail pairing, so why not couple this bottle's silky texture and oaky aromas with a miso glazed sea bass. The wine's acidity cuts the butteriness of this flaky white fish, while notes of nectarine and yellow plum work nicely with the sweet glaze. For something a little less composed, you could also pair Chardonnay with a simple shrimp cocktail that can be made a day or two in advance.
3. Barbecue Scottish Salmon Fillet + Merlot
A juicy New York strip steak is a no-brainer for a big, bold Merlot from Napa Valley. But less expected is this barbecued salmon. The wine's rich (but not overwhelming) red-fruit flavors, spice, and bright acidity work well with salmon's fattiness and the seasoning's intense aromas.
We'll never say no to a crunchy, vegetable-packed chopped salad during the heat of summer, especially if it's paired with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Notes of lemon and lime zest in the wine play off any tart vinaigrette, while aromas of nectarine and honeydew keep things from becoming too sour. If you're feeling a bit more ambitious in the kitchen, fry up a batch of calamari and drizzle it in a sweet chile sauce.
5. Bone-In Ribeye + Cabernet Sauvignon
A bone-in rib-eye is sure to steal the show on any dinner table (I mean, just look at it), so it's going to need a wine that can stand up to its star power. We like a classic Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley, with its trademark complexity, rich body, and layers of blackberry and huckleberry. A bone-in filet mignon would work here too, but you really can't go wrong with almost any cut of steak.
6. Filet Mignon + Pinot Noir
Filet mignon is one of the most popular cuts of steak, and a staple dish for red wine—we like Pinot Noir best. The wine's soft, almost velvety texture stands up nicely to the juicy, tender meat, while hints of white pepper and baking spices in the body are a good counterpoint for filet's simple seasoning.
What's your go-to food and wine pairing this summer? Tell us in the comments below!
Like the sound of these food and wine pairings? You can try them now at any Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar location with their summer Uncorked wine experience, where you can sip through as many as six different wines from the Duckhorn Portfolio and pair them with perfectly matched dishes. The best part: exquisite service—and no dirty dishes. Make a reservation tonight.
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Erin Alexander is the Assistant Editor of Partner Content at Food52, covering pop culture, travel, foods of the internet, and all things #sponsored. Formerly at Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Us Weekly, and Hearst, she currently lives in New York City.