(Family Features) – Delicious food. Great wine. Good friends. This is what summer entertaining is all about.
When the weather warms up, so does the grill and with it comes outdoor dining for friends and family. Some of the best dishes are those that are big on flavor and easy to prepare ahead of time. Sometimes taking traditional ingredients and showcasing them in new and mouthwatering ways is an easy way to showcase the inner gourmet chef in all of us.
Fruit is incredibly versatile, in everything from appetizers to desserts. One of the most flavorful, adaptable and nutritious fruits is the fig. An excellent source of fiber, fat- and cholesterol-free, dried and fresh figs from California are the ultimate versatile fruit. From spicy chutneys to sweet tarts, figs add a depth of flavor to any dish.
Picking the perfect wine to complement the meal doesn’t need to be difficult. For food-friendly varietals that pair beautifully with fruits, cheeses and entrees such as a succulent pork tenderloin, Mirassou Winery(r) has, several offerings – from a fruit-focused Chardonnay to a bright and approachable Pinot Noir.
To celebrate the family’s 155th anniversary, Mirassou Winery has partnered with chefs across the country on a Taste & Toast tour. Find food and wine pairing tips and recipes at www.mirassou.com.