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Tomatoes and Riesling… That’s amore!

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Caprese Salad

Tomatoes are one of the most beautiful fruits from our local gardens right now.  Lush and ripe, they’re so different from the ones you’ll find at the grocery store. There’s something better about fresh from the vine, and tomatoes are the perfect example of why we participate in the labourious task of cultivating that veggie garden. Holy yum!

Tomatoes also have a best friend in one of the most famous wines produced from Niagara vines. Riesling! The two actually have a lot in common. They are both bright with fruitful notes aplenty. Riesling has mouthwatering acidity, as does the mighty tomato! Really, they are ideal companions.

The best part about these companions, is that they are the superstars of an easy side dish – one that over-delivers on flavour.

Caprese Salad

Fresh mozzarella cheese
Tomatoes from the garden (or one of our local farmers!)
Fresh basil leaves
Good quality balsamic vinegar
Good quality extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Pair this dish with 2011 Narcissist Riesling by Megalomaniac Wines

Brought to you by the cheeky team at Megalomaniac Wines, the 2011 Narcissist Riesling is a bright and refreshing wine full of lemon and lime. The palate pleasing doesn’t end there as this wine features refreshing acidity that will have your mouth watering and wanting more. Sweet melodies of Niagara Bench minerality are the icing on the cake with this spectacular bottle.

Hello summer patios and simple entertaining  – here comes a knock-out combo. Hope you enjoy!

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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