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Happy Rosé Day! Mike’s video series focuses on summertime menu planning (think pink)

By Michael Lowe

It’s the perfect time of the year to celebrate a nice chilled, dry rosé. Here, I present a series of recipe videos to help your summertime menu planning.

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The first taste of Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery’s glorious new Cabernet Rosé (photo above) immediately invokes a summertime feel and gets my mind thinking about the perfect food to match with it. This lovely summer sipper is the handy-work of winemaker Lydia Tomek who describes the wine in the video below.

For this instalment of my cooking series I was so impressed with the wine that I decided to do two dishes to show the versatility of rosé when pairing with food. From shellfish to roast chicken to grilled fish, rosé can be the wine of choice for light, summer dishes. Watch the video below for an introduction and preparation of the first pairing, ceviche with watermelon and pickled jalapeño.

A simple roasted chicken is always a safe bet, but you don’t always have to stuff it or roast it as is. The following video shows one way to ready it for the oven or barbecue that will help it cook just as nicely.

With chicken, like most foods, seasoning is the key. You also don’t want to dry it out by cooking it too long. The short video below shows a fun way to ensure you get a tasty, moist bird.

To accompany the chicken I prepared a healthy, substantial salad using farro. Farro is a great alternative to other, more familiar grains and is high in protein and fibre. The following video looks at the preparation, cooking tips and assembly.

The final video shows the carving of the chicken, the plating and tasting with the wine. With both dishes the rosé shone through and was an excellent complimentary match. I hope you enjoy these presentations as much as I enjoyed cooking and pairing with this special style of rosé.

Winery Information:

• Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
• 1366 York Road, St. Davids, ON
• 905-262-8463

Note: This is the third in a series of cooking and wine video’s by Mike Lowe. For Part two, on a leg of lamb meal paired with Sue-Ann Staff Gritstone, go here.