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During the summer it's not uncommon to sip wine with sliced fruit. Why should we give that up after the first snowfall? Winter fruits are bold, tart and often of the citrus family. Pairing possibilities are endless, and the fruits bring a burst of color to the table.
Here are some great wine picks for winter fruits.
Pears: Drunk with Viognier, a light-bodied, white wine with floral notes, the pear's earthiness becomes even more prominent. A classic winter salad, but one that never fails to balance savory with sweet, is spinach leaves tossed with sliced pears, crumbled gorgonzola and candied walnuts.
Pomegranates: Shiraz or Syrah (quick lesson: same grape, but it's Syrah if from Europe, parts of the U.S., Argentina, Chile and Uruguay) has that same full-bodied, juicy flavor found in pomegranate seeds. Here it's more about pairing similar flavors, but the match really sings. Add pomegranate juice into your next barbecue sauce and slather on top of ribs, steak or your meat of choice.
Grapefruits: Sauvignon Blanc is among the highest-acidity wines out there, and this is the fruit to pair it with. For a quick, easy after-dinner dessert, simply halve a grapefruit, sprinkle sugar on top and broil it in the oven for between three and five minutes.
Blood Oranges: The acidity in a Rose – whether it's characterized by a sweet or a dry profile – can stack up to a blood orange with ease. A simple blood-orange granita (try this Bobby Flay recipe) celebrates summer, even if it's not here yet. (We can dream, right?)
Kiwi: Paired with a pink sparkling wine, such as a sparkling Shiraz or Pinot Noir brut, the well-loved strawberry-kiwi combo comes into play. To give salmon a new kick, create a chunky kiwi sauce (by combining two peeled and quartered kiwifruits, three tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon lemon juice) to dress up the pink fish.
Tangerines: A Chardonnay from California's Central Coast would go well with this angel-food cake (especially for its tangerine glaze) from pastry queen Gale Gand.