Taste The Final Days of Summer: Watermelon and Wine Pairing

There are exactly 23 days left of Summer which means you have a little over 3 weeks to enjoy today's recipe and pairing. 

One of the things we'll miss most about summer is the bounty of fresh fruits from local farms. Embracing the spirit of the Season, earlier this month we experimented with our Capital Series Chesapeake Blend and some fruit flavors. What we came up with was an easy and refreshing spritzer that you can actually enjoy any time of the year. 

This particular spritzer is 2 parts wine, 1 part orange Fanta. Served chilled, it's an ode to a simplified Sangria. The juicy fruit flavors already present in the Chesapeake Blend nicely welcome the fizzy orange soda.

But we weren't finished there.

We deconstructed the Sangria experience even further by pairing the wine spritzer with a juicy watermelon salad. The sweet watermelon contrasts nicely with crumbled feta, bright mint leaves and sprinkles of red onion for added crunch.

It may sound like a lot but trust me, you'll enjoy the salty-sweet, soft-crunchy action in this salad.

Here's what you will need to make the salad on your own:

  • 1 small watermelon cut into cubes
  • 16 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint leaf, chopped (set aside)
  • 1/4 small red onion diced

Once all of your ingredients have been chopped, cut or diced combine them gently in a chilled steel bowl. 

Spread the salad on a platter or serve on small plates. Sprinkle with mint leaves. Grab your spritzer and enjoy!

Don't wait to put this recipe to the test. You don't have much time left to enjoy watermelons in season. Take heart, you can enjoy the Chesapeake Blend any time of the year. 

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