Warm-Weather Wine Pairings: Beaujolais + Spring Herb Salad

Red wine and warm weather? It's an unlikely association, I know, but I'm here to bust the myth. Enter Beaujolais: a light, French red wine from the Beaujolais region made from the Gamay grape. Pairing perfectly with the nutty and somewhat fruity flavor of Gruyere cheese, I paired this "Terres Dorees" Jean-Paul 2014 Fleurie, a Cru from the Beaujolais region, with an herb salad made with fresh strawberries, crushed pistachio, a Swiss + Gruyere cheese blend and greens tossed in a poppy seed dressing.

Fleurie, French for "flower", is a light red wine fitting for the Spring, and the upcoming summer season: dark berries, approachable and fleshly with pleasing floral aromas, this wine is a nice complement to this flavorful salad. Top with grilled chicken breast for a heartier entree, or accompanying with a creamy pasta for a weeknight dinner.

Spring Herb Salad

  • 1 pack herb salad blend
  • 1/2 a pack of strawberries, washed and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed pistachios*
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Swiss + Gruyere cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon of poppy seed dressing, I like Marie's
  1. Rinse herb salad into a large bowl and lay out to dry.
  2. Combine berries and cheese into a large bowl.
  3. Add dried greens and toss salad in dressing.
  4. Place into serving bowls and top with crushed pistachios.

*Place pistachios in a sandwich bag and smash with the back of a large spoon.

Have a red wine you love to enjoy during warmer months? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you Sopexa for providing the wine!