Pair This: Savory Grilled Blueberry Pizza & Pinot Noir
It’s August in the Willamette Valley; therefore, the days of sunshine outnumber the days of rain, and I never take these sunny days for granted. So during the month of August, I get out of the kitchen and fire up the grill as often as possible – I love the blue skies and warm temperatures. Just this morning, I made grilled french toast while drinking an iced coffee. For lunch, I grilled up some hot dogs and hamburgers for my two sons and some of their neighborhood friends, and for dinner, we had some delicious Bourbon Bacon BBQ ribs – a recipe I recently paired with King Estate’s 2010 Petite Sirah.
A few days ago, I tried a recipe that was posted in a food group on Facebook from chindeep.com: Savory Grilled Blueberry Pizza. With blueberries in their season’s peak right now, this is one pizza I was not about to pass up. So, off to Detering Orchards my kids and I went, we had some serious blueberry picking to do. On the way home, we stopped at the market to pick up some of my favorite Oregon-made chèvre cheese from River’s Edge Chèvre out of Logsdon, Oregon.
With ingredients like blueberries, chèvre, fried onions and lemon-thyme, you may be thinking…pizza? Yes folks, pizza, and it is indeed savory and extremely delicious, especially when paired with Domaine Meriwether’s 2005 Pinot Noir.
Domaine Meriwether 2005 Pinot Noir is darker, richer and fuller bodied than the usual Oregon Pinot. Aromas and flavors of blackerries, cassis and cinnamon are followed by an earthy, pie spice, long lasting finish. Incredibly well balanced along with a silky, velvety mouthfeel makes this Pinot Noir one of my all-time favorites.
Like the wine, the Savory Grilled Blueberry Pizza’s flavors were also incredibly well balanced. The strong and delicious flavors of the chèvre were balanced out with the sweetness of the fresh-picked blueberries. The full-bodied Meriwether Pinot Noir was in complete harmony with the full-flavored pizza – simply ambrosial.
For the Savory Grilled Blueberry Pizza recipe, click here.
Thanks to Melissa Placzek, the incredible chef and blogger of chindeep.com, for creating such a delectable dish and sharing her pizza photo, which turned out much better than mine! *clink*