How do you pair beverages to asparagus?
As one of the first vegetables to poke above the soil, asparagus is probably on everyone’s dinner table right now in some shape or form. This flowering perennial is one of the most versatile ingredients to cook with, and works well in appetizers, with pastas or by complementing more robust proteins such as Maine lobster and dry-aged beef. What it is not known for, however, is playing well with wines. So how do you pick the right drink? According to our beverage manager, Matt Dolin, you have to be open and experimental:
“Try thinking about non-wine pairings such as a light, refreshing beer, or a cocktail infusion. As for wines, I was in the Alto-Adige last month in the heart of asparagus season, and we tasted some really great pinot biancos with asparagus as well as very low-tannin reds. Think about the ingredients you are using in addition to the asparagus—when it comes to pairing, it’s all about balance!”
To explore more about asparagus and beverage pairings, join us on Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. for a four-course dinner highlighting varieties from Mick Klug Farms of St. Joseph, Michigan. The cost is $68 per person (not including tax and gratuity). For more information or to make your reservation, please call 312-642-8450.