In the July issue of Sacramento magazine (on newsstands now), wine columnist Elaine Smith writes about great summer wine-and-food pairings at local restaurants with outdoor patios. For recommendations, she talked to eight restaurateurs, including The Waterboy’s Rick Mahan, Tucos’ Whitney Stevenson and Hawks’ Kevin Tyson. Here’s an excerpt:
“Jonathan Klonecke of L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen would pair Pyramid Valley Vineyards ‘Lebecca Vineyard’ Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand, with Chef Ame Harrington’s fish tacos. ‘Usually I associate Sauvignon Blanc with New Zealand, but Pyramid Valley Vineyards Riesling is terrific,’ he says. ‘The wine is a dead ringer for a Spätlese-level German Riesling. For me, Riesling’s sour and sweet combination, similar to a cocktail, works well in the hot summer months.’”
For more pairings, pick up a copy of Sacramento magazine.