Salade niçoise traces its origins back in the 19th century around the city of Nice in the south of France. Many variations of the recipe have been seen over the years and it has truly become an international dish.
While often paired with rose, a staple that shares the Provençale roots of this dish, we showcase a far more interesting pairing with our Maxine Lily 2020 Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir. Salade niçoise has a full complement of contrasting flavors from briny capers and olives to sometimes hard-to-pair tomatoes and green beans. Cap all that with plenty of umami character from seared tuna and anchovies wrapped in lemon-Dijon vinaigrette and your wine has its work cut out.
Pinot Noir has an affinity for tuna and the meaty quality of the seared Ahi will hold its own with the more robust nature of the Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir. The low to moderate tannin and acidity and overall fruit–forward character of the wine makes for a happy accompaniment to this not to be missed salad.