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Grilled Italian Sausage and Vegetable Orzo Salad Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me/blog

Source: Savory Simple. Used with permission.

If you’re looking for something simple and delicious, give this recipe for Grilled Italian Sausage and Vegetable Orzo Salad from Savory Simple a try. Cook up the orzo while you toss the sausage and veggies on the grill. All in all, you should be able to get this meal on the table in 30 minutes. Then, sit back and enjoy it with a nice glass of wine. Consider one of these wine recommendations.

Grilled Italian Sausage and Vegetable Orzo Salad Wine Pairing

Don’t let the meaty sausage in the title distract you from pairing this dish with these fresh white wines below. The bright lemony flavors in the orzo, grilled vegetables, and sweet sausage are screaming for a fresh wine with lively acidity.

Grüner Veltliner: Weingut Fred Loimer Grüner Veltliner ~ $20

Grüner is generally great with fragrant food and vegetables (and even sausage), and this one is no exception. With green apple, fresh lemon, and lemon zest, along with some herbs, spices, floral, and mineral aromas, this wine is fresh and juicy on the palate. The freshness and citrus will blend nicely with the orzo and stand up well to the grilled sausage.

Albariño: Jose Limeres Licia Albariño ~ $17

Albariño is a very food friendly wine. This one has layered aromas of citrus, grapefruit, green apple, peach, herbs, and even some white pepper. It’s fairly full-bodied on the palate, but has a nice fresh zestiness to it, making it a good match for the grilled veggies and sausage.

Albariño: Finca de Arantei Albariño Single Vineyard ~ $17

This wine has lots of bright peach, apricot, and citrus fruit aromas, with a bit of a rich and spicy feel in the mouth. Citrusy, spicy, and medium-bodied with a crisp finish, this wine will be a great match for the dish. The fresh fruit flavors will balance nicely with the veggies, and the spicy nature of it will stand up to the grilled sausage.

Riesling: Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Riesling Classic ~ $15

You can’t really go wrong with Riesling and sausage, and this one is a good match for all of the elements in the dish. With peach, pineapple, some lime, and even a bit of honey flavor, it also has some spicy notes and a touch of sweetness to it. So if you chose a spicy style sausage, this one will balance out any heat.

Riesling: Red Tail Ridge Dry Riesling ~ $17

This domestic Riesling has a blend of spice and fruit aromas and flavors. Peaches, pineapples, apricots, and some citrus blend with ginger and baking spices. The balance of fruit and spice make it an excellent match for the fresh citrus, grilled veggies, and flavorful sausage found in the dish.

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