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How to Pair Basil with Wine

Nothing screams August farmers market like the spicy-sweet scent of fresh basil. The name comes from the Greek basilikn, meaning royal, and, indeed, its often referred to as the royal herb or king of herbs. Basil is a member of the mint family and a good replacement in juleps and smashes. And stop arguing: Both BAYZ-uhl and BAZ-uhl are accepted pronunciations.

Fun-Facts
1. Basil is considered an aphrodisiac in Romania; in Mexico its believed to attract money.

2. The French phrase semer le basilic (to sow basil) means to slander or rant.

3. Basilcello is a bright green, basil-infused liqueur found in some Italian homes.

4. In the U.S., the name Basilcurrently on a sharp upswingreached its peak in 1911.

5. In Hinduism, Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is a sacred plant associated with the god Vishnu.

6. The tallest basil plant ever recorded was 11 feet tall and grown in Crete.


Spring Pea Basil Spread
Pair It
Basil is truly one of the worlds most flexible herbs, says Bruce Achtermann, head of the beverage program at The Herbfarm in Woodinville, Washington. The restaurants tasting menus often focus on herbs from its gardens, which include more than a dozen basil varieties. Some basils are more citrus driven, others are more spicy in focus. If basil is your primary driver, look to play off of the sharp green aromatics with a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or Chiles Casablanca Valley. If its used more as a spice, your options are endless.

Achtermann recommends Champagne or a domestic blanc de blancs with spicy Thai basildriven dishes. He suggests a buttery Chardonnay with sweet Genovese basil and pasta, while a rich, savory Bordeaux blend or Cabernet Franc pairs well with steak crusted in several types of basil. For dessert, he suggests tearing fresh cinnamon basil over ice cream and serving Vin Santo.

Published on July 27, 2017
TOPICS: Pairing Tips

About the Author
NILS BERNSTEIN
@NilsBernstein
Contributing Editor, Food
A fan of sweet wines, sour beers, and old-school Rioja, Bernstein is an exhaustive traveler in search of new and unsung chefs and restaurants, innovative wine and food pairings, and eating and drinking at the source. In addition to Wine Enthusiast, Bernstein has written for Bon Appetit, Mens Journal, New York Times, Mens Fitness, Hemispheres, and Kinfolk, among others.

Email: nbernstein@wineenthusiast.net