Grilling Guide: Veggies

Wines that are perfect with your favorite grilled vegetables


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Grilling Guide: Veggies One of the greatest things about summer is the copious amount of fresh fruit and veggies that grace our tables. This is the time for tomatoes, squash blossoms, green beans, corn and eggplant, all lovingly grown by local farmers and delivered to sometimes over-priced farmers' markets.

Here, the price can be the rub. It's cheaper to buy the absolutely gorgeous yet often tasteless produce available at national supermarket chains, but then we've lost sight about why we buy this stuff in the first place.

It's not just to fill our bellies but rather to fill our bellies well and healthily and to continue to support local farmers, heirloom produce and a culture that appreciates quality over availability. A bit preachy perhaps, but if we don't support the system of small farms, we will be left with no choice but the sometimes scary produce pawned off on an unsuspecting consumer base. Too expensive? Drop the steak or chicken once a week and you'll barely notice, though your body might thank you.

This could seem to be some sort of quasi-political screed, and while I would be happy to entertain that discussion some day, my motivation here is actually selfish and hedonistic. I love fresh fruit and veggies and there are none better than those that you grow yourself. I just don't have the time for that, so I rely on the small, artisanal farmer to give me my fix.

The whole point of this article is to highlight delicious fresh vegetable preparations and to pair them with some groovy summer wines, so get out there, plan a veggie meal, pop a cork, kick back and enjoy what makes summer special!

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  • Snooth User: Calamus
    1121277 305

    Grilled Eggplant Variation
    It is delicious dusted lightly with cinnamon, olive oil, sea salt once on each side during the grilling process. Yummmm!

    Jul 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

  • Snooth User: Julia91
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    As a vegetarian, I've been waiting for this article since I found this site! I'll definitely be trying some of these pairings, especially the ones for portobello caps, which I absolutely love.

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:40 PM

  • Snooth User: Isaac42
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    Sylvaner and Savatiano? How about something that's available in our local markets? Preferably something made in our local wineries? I'm in Oregon, so I'm thinking Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, or Chardonnay. Maybe Pinot Noir rose.

    Jul 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    OK, I'll follow up on this theme with a couple more articles, perhaps something based around vegetarian autumn dishes and one paring vegetarian dishes with wines you can find locally!

    Jul 31, 2012 at 8:31 PM

  • that's really nice

    Aug 31, 2013 at 4:52 AM

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