7 Summery Recipes to Pair with Pinot Noir

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This post is sponsored by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines.

With all this summer weather, now is the perfect time to sit out on the patio, pop open a bottle of fruit-forward Pinot Noir, and enjoy a summery meal with those you love! Whether it's date night with your partner, a dinner party with friends, or just another meal with family, a simple, fresh meal paired with the perfect wine (just for those of drinking age, of course) is such a pleasant way to spend an evening.

That's why we're thrilled to have partnered with J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines to bring you this round-up of summer-inspired recipes that pair deliciously with their Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir, which has flavors of bright cherry and blood orange, with a hint of warming spices.

Savory Summer Galette


savory summer galetteIf you've never made a galette, now is absolutely the time to try one out! Galettes are a simple style of pastry that can be made sweet like a tart or savory, like this one from The Jam Lab. This beautiful galette features seasonal summer veggies and fresh herbs, pairing amazingly with the vibrant fruit flavors of this J. Lohr Estates Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir. For even more fun, serve alongside an easy cheese plate.

Cherry Bruschetta

cherry bruschettaIf you're all about cherry, this cherry bruschetta from The Forked Spoon is going to be the perfect way to amplify the bright cherry flavors of your J. Lohr Estates Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir! Fresh summer cherries and plums are balanced by salty, savory prosciutto and herbaceous fresh rosemary and basil. This recipe is an absolute must-try, especially if you're looking for some small bites to serve before dinner. Plus, it's ready in less than 30 minutes, keeping you out of the kitchen and able to enjoy the company of loved ones.

Summer Vegetable Ricotta Pesto Pasta

summer vegetable pastaPasta and wine have always been a match made in heaven, and this Summer Vegetable Ricotta Pesto Pasta from The Crumby Kitchen is no exception. Creamy ricotta cheese mingles with herbaceous pesto and seasonal veggies for a light yet flavorful pasta dish. You might expect a white wine to be paired with a veggie pasta, but in fact the bright fruit flavors and hints of spice in J. Lohr Estates's Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir are a wonderful compliment to the summery flavors of this pasta dish.

Pizza Waffle Fries

pizza waffle friesSlightly spicy pepperonis, fresh basil, and vibrant tomato sauce come together in these easy-to-make pizza waffle fries from Fresh Mommy Blog. You may not think of fries and wine together, but the flavors pair perfectly with J. Lohr Estates Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir, plus it's the quickest recipe on our list, making it our go-to for an impromptu snack that's both casual and a little elegant at the same time. 

Harissa Honey Glazed Shrimp Skewers

harissa glazed shrimpDishes with a little spice make this Pinot Noir sing, and these Harissa Honey Glazed Shrimp Skewers from Le Petit Eats are just the ticket! These shrimp skewers are easy to grill up, and the glaze is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, which pairs beautifully with this vibrant red wine. Pair this with a beautiful couscous salad with cherries, plums, cucumber, and fresh mint!

Chanterelles with Sage & Roasted Pork Tenderloin

chantarelles with roasted pork tenderloinChanterelles are a vibrant mushroom that hold their own against dry reds like J. Lohr Estates's Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir. These golden mushrooms have a flavor that is reminiscent of apricot with hints of pepper, which, alongside fresh sage leaves, makes this roasted pork tenderloin dish a complexly flavored masterpiece. 


Plank-Grilled Salmon with Tarragon

grilled tarragon salmonThese salmon fillets are cooked atop lemon slices and cedar planks for the perfect fancy date night in! The unique flavor of tarragon alongside citrusy lemon complements the bright fruit flavors of J. Lohr Estates Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir quite nicely, and makes this grilled salmon perfect for a summertime dinner with your partner. 

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