Libraries have been written about and blogs dedicated to the correct pairing of wine and food (Sauvignon with fish, Riesling with pork, etc.) But have you ever thought of pairing the correct flowers with your wine? After all, if you’ve gone to the trouble to select the perfect meal and the perfect Texas wine, why wouldn’t you want your flowers to compliment your other choices? You don’t want the aroma of your centerpiece to overwhelm your palate, do you? Read on for a simple guide to the perfect flowers for your table.
Pinot Grigio and Hydrangeas – Pinot Grigio is a slightly dry and fruity wine that pairs well with a variety of foods. It can also be served in any dining situation, from formal to casual. The same can be said of Hydrangeas. These native Texas flowers come in all colors, and can be used to decorate any table – like Pinot Grigio, they can go from formal to casual. You can also easily grow these hardy flowers in your garden, so that you will always have the perfect blooms to serve with this Texan wine. Texas Hills’ 2008 Pinot Grigio is a great choice.
Syrah and Snapdragons – Syrah is a heavy and robust wine, with a rich character. This red wine is often described as fiery and spicy. What better flowers to compliment this red wine than the fiery dragon of the floral world, the snapdragon. With showy flowers of white, crimson, and yellow, Texas snapdragons compliment Syrah perfectly. I recommend Texas’ KE Cellars 2005 4 You Syrah.
Sangiovese and Yellow Roses – This red wine comes from late-ripening grapes that are slow to mature. Texas Sangiovese wines range from elegant to assertive, and can have flavors and aromas of strawberry, blueberry, floral, violet or plum. To accent both the elegance and assertiveness of this red wine, there is no better choice that the Yellow Rose of Texas. The color yellow symbolizes joy and friendship, what better choices for your dinner party, while roses always add a touch of elegance and class. Circle S Vineyards 2006 Sangiovese is outstanding.
Viognier and Sunflowers – Viognier is another grape that is difficult to grow. It has a unique aroma and flavor, which can include tropical fruit. This full bodied white wine, deep golden in color, often described as brash in personality, goes perfectly with the brash and beautiful sunflower. Both wild and cultivated sunflowers will bring a sunny, bold accent to your table while also complementing this white wine. All of Becker Vineyards Viogniers are good choices.
Blanc du Bois and Larkspur – This white grape is a favorite with Southern winemakers, perfect for creating dry wines. The aromas and flavors of this white wine include peach, pineapple, tropical fruit, with a touch of spiciness. This clean and crisp wine often has a honey-suckle aroma, making Larkspur its perfect companion. Also known as Prairie Larkspur, these flowers are not native to Texas but have become a favorite with Texas gardeners. The lovely flowers can be pink, white, even dark blue, a lovely companion to this white wine. Haak Vineyards and Winery’s 2009 Blanc du Bois is an excellent choice.
Chardonnay and Chrysanthemums – This always popular white wine usually has a rich flavor, distinct yet delicate. This wine is easy to recognize but sometimes difficult to characterize. Aromas and flavors include peaches, apples, lemons, or tropical fruits. Sometimes described as delicate, shy and sensitive, this white wine is offset nicely by the bold flowers of the Chrysanthemum. You can use wild Chrysanthemums or grow a bolder version in your own garden. Colors include yellow, white, purple and red. I recommend Driftwood Estate’s 2008 Chardonnay.