SoFlo summer vegetable harvests feature everything from peas and radishes to passionfruit and avocados later in the month. Like us, you recognize that nothing pairs better with freshly harvested vegetables than a refreshing glass of wine. Here is a list of SoFlo vegetables ready for harvest in July with a pairing guide!
Popular Vegetables to Harvest in Summer
One of the most desirable traits of living in southern Florida (aside from the gorgeous weather and paradise-like beaches) is the ability to harvest homegrown vegetables at all times of the year! July is a special time for harvesting culinary favorites from your garden, like garlic chives, hot peppers, eggplant, spinach, lemongrass, and squash. Collards, okra, Seminole, and pumpkin are other favorites harvested during July. All the different recipes to make with these fruits and veggies are already circulating through your mind, aren’t they?
What Wine Goes with Roast Vegetables?
The answer: all of them! For your inner sommelier, we have selected wines that perfectly complement your homegrown vegetables. Get your wine glasses ready and enjoy a delicious feast.
Summer Squash and Chenin Blanc
Smooth, rich white wines like Chenin Blanc pair beautifully with roasted summer squash caramelized or roasted to perfection on the barbeque. Oak-aged Chardonnay and Rhône varietals such as Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne all complement the mild nutty flavor and silky texture of squash vegetables from your garden.
Lemongrass and Sauvignon Blanc
When cooking with lemongrass, you’ll want to look for a wine with citrus notes like Sauvignon Blanc. In particular, lemons have a high acidity level, which makes the wine you drink with them taste sweeter. Dry whites are great in balancing this out due to their lack of sweetness. Rioja is also a great option if you prefer red wine.
Spinach and Rosé
Cooking up a legendary spinach artichoke dip for your summer barbeque? Say no more. Artichokes can be somewhat difficult to pair with wine, but a dry white like Sauvignon Blanc is always a hit. Dry rosé options with wild strawberry, lemon, and herb flavors would also beautifully complement spinach’s mild and slightly sweet taste.
Garlic Chives and Zinfandel
Garlic chives pair significantly well with an array of white and red options. Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Sancerre, and Sauvignon Blanc are the white options, while the best reds are Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. When it comes to pairing garlic chives and wine, what you’re looking for is acidity to complement the sharpness of the chives.
Hot Peppers and Riesling
Off-dry white wines, such as Rieslings, are often praised for their ability to balance the heat of spicy foods. When harvesting your hot peppers to prepare for a delicious wood-fired pizza, grab a bottle of Riesling from your wine rack to pair alongside your meal. You’ll be more than pleased with this fusion of flavors; the whole bottle and the pizza will disappear!
Okra and Gruner
Delicate flavors are well suited to okra. Described as the “foodie” grape variety, Gruner Veltliner is a white wine from Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Pairing this variety alongside your SoFlo-grown vegetables like okra is something to be desired! One of our favorite summer dishes is shrimp sautéed with the okra from your garden.
So many of our favorite garden veggies are ready for harvest in July, and while they’re pretty delicious on their own, it’s fun to elevate with a fancy beverage. Whether you’re looking for a dry white to pair with your delicious summer squash or a rich red to compliment the garlic chives in your pork stirfry, these wine pairings are perfect for your July harvest. Visit us at Living Color Garden Center in Fort Lauderdale today for all of your gardening needs!