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Pairing the perfect wine with some upscale camping dishes

Camping isn’t usually synonymous with gourmet fare, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be.

The perfect wine. The perfect setting. Photo: Courtesy of Chirobocea Nicu/Unsplash
What could be better than wine outdoors? Photo: Courtesy of Anthony DELANOIX/Unsplash
After all, the grill lends itself to some flavorful dishes, while the fresh air, rustic tableware and unbeatable setting (far removed from any loud-talking, dish-clanging restaurant clientele) are practically designed for relaxation and savoring.

We asked Geri Hirsch and Erin Falconer, the co-founders of LeafTV, to help add a little upscale flavor to our next outdoor cookout.

What could be better than wine outdoors? Photo: Courtesy of Anthony DELANOIX/Unsplash
The perfect wine. The perfect setting. Photo: Courtesy of Chirobocea Nicu/Unsplash

Here are their tips for pairing the perfect wine with some classic camping dishes.

Chili with ground turkey and cornbread

Pair this dish with a German Riesling because Rieslings work well with heat, like the spices in a good chili.

Spaghetti and fire-roasted garlic tomato sauce

The perfect pair will make your evening. Photo: Courtesy of Serge Esteve/Unsplash
The perfect pair will make your evening. Photo: Courtesy of Serge Esteve/Unsplash
“Thinking outside the box, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay,” Hirsch and Falconer say. “Tomatoes intensify their flavor with heat. The roundness and acidity of New Zealand wines would complement the flavors. Of course, with a great pasta dish you can never go wrong with a warm, classic Chianti.”

Grilled salmon with avocado and rice

Salmon is very wine friendly. Adding avocado to the mix creates a specific flavor profile because it’s so creamy and buttery. “Chardonnay would work,” the duo explains, “but Cote Du Rhone Blanc (a blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Marsanna and Roussane) would be much more interesting.”

Chicken and vegetable kabobs

The flavors of chicken and vegetables will intensify over a fire. A nice, new-world Chardonnay (i.e. lush style) would work well here.

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