The Grapevine

What Your Wine Shop Customers Are Reading: Bon Appétit August 2014

July 31st, 2014

Bon Appetit this month (August 2014) is all about summer love. So what better way to start with a really simply and delicious tomato salad. [level-members]

The Editor’s Letter includes direction for a salad of as many fresh varieties of tomatoes you can find at your local market, olive oil, salt and fresh herbs. That’s what summer is all about.

We them move to an article of great interest to wine shop owners: chilled wines. We’re a fan of chilled wines for summer: whites of course, but even reds can benefit from a bit of time on ice. (We’re actually of the opinion that even in winter, most people serve red wines too warm.)

The specific recommendation from BA this time around is Beaujolais. “Not that nouveau fluff that invades our bistros every November” but the “underappreciated Gamay grape” from Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Saint Amour, Côte de Brouilly, Morgon, Fleurie, Juliénas, Moulin-à-Vent, and Regnie.

Newsflash: Comic / actor Kevin Hart is not a wine guy. It puts him to sleep.

More tomato recipes: soup and a spicy lobster pasta. Keep those lighter reds in stock.

Not necessarily wine-friendly, but fish tacos can’t go unnoticed. Tips on fry technique and a light batter are worth giving a try, as is the cabbage and jicama slaw. I think you’re going to want a beer with these, though.