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Washington Summer Wine and Food Pairings

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Washington Summer Wine and Food Pairings

Summer is in full swing and with it comes fresh food paired with gorgeous, bright Patterson Cellars wines! We believe in drinking and eating local, so enjoy these perfect Washington summer wine and food pairings. Let’s get cooking (and sipping)!

2017 Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir and King Salmon

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First up is a fan favorite, our 2017 Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir, paired with fresh or smoked king salmon. This sparkling wine is a gorgeous light melon color that provides aromas and flavors of tangerine, apricot, and strawberry with hints of minerality, herbal tea, and green apples on the finish. While sparkling Rosé wines tend to be on the drier side, this wine complements the delicacy of salmon prepared in a variety of ways. Plate smoked salmon with cheese for an appetizer or small plate, bake a filet with garlic, lemon, and butter for dinner, or throw it on the grill for a heartier flavor. However you prepare it, your guests will swoon over this pairing.

2018 Chardonnay and Fried Chicken

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Although this isn’t a classic or common combination, it is delicious and more than appropriate for summer. Full-bodied and balanced, this 2018 Chardonnay leads with aromas of vanilla and warm spices followed by fragrant honeysuckle, pears, and light citrus notes. Flavors of ripe pineapples, pears, and hints of honey fill the round palate while key limes and citrus zest linger on the finish complementing the buttermilk and salt of the fried chicken. This pairing will curb all of your rich and savory cravings without being too heavy for those hot and humid summer days. Together they make the perfect dish to take to your neighborhood barbeque or Sunday picnic in the park.

2016 Syrah and Carnitas Tacos

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Substitute your summer cerveza or margarita with our 2016 Syrah to go with carnitas tacos on your weekly Taco Tuesday night. This lush, beautiful dark purple wine is made with 100% Syrah and will bring out the crisp, juiciness of the pork and lime with intense flavors of blackberry and raspberry and hints of white pepper and toasted spices. Its acidity and velvety soft tannins then lead into a long smooth finish featuring lingering fruit, cocoa, and a hint of minerality that will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed. If you are more drawn to red wines and are in search of a quick, simple weeknight meal, this summer wine and food pairing is for you!

Patterson Cellars Wine Tasting Experiences for You!

Looking for a summer wine and food pairing that you don’t have to put together yourself? We got you covered! You can find wine and food pairing experiences at any of our four tasting rooms in Washington. Whether you’re in the mood for reds and dessert, or Rosés and pizza, Patterson Cellars has an experience that will make summer nights even more enjoyable with family and friends. 

Our new Vivi Pizzeria and Wine Experience is exclusive to our Hollywood Hill tasting room. This summer we’re featuring a poached pear pizza with Sicilian red sauce topped with light mozzarella cheese, French brie, walnuts, and a decadent balsamic glaze paired with a winemaker selection of Patterson Cellars summer white and Rosé wines. Enjoy this flight at a table on our outdoor patio.

If you’re looking for something a little lighter, we also offer wine and cheese experiences, as well as a roasted vegetable pairing experience. Both feature seasonal local cheeses and vegetables paired with a winemaker’s selection of summer favorites. 


From sparkling Rosé to white to red, we’ve provided an amazing Washington summer wine and food pairing for anyone. Book your private tasting experience with Patterson Cellars today!

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