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Bacchus’ Vegetarian and Wine Pairings
A meatless meal at Bacchus showcases one of the city's best wine lists with vegetarian fare.

What’s a vegetarian-and-wine-lover to do when faced with advice like “drink red wine with a steak” or “sip white wine with fish?” Bacchus, the tony eatery tucked into the ground floor of the Cudahy Tower on Milwaukee’s East Side, offers a five-star meatless menu to calm those concerns. What I adore about this vegetarian menu is that not only can you eat Wisconsin artisan cheeses and early-summer vegetables like asparagus, arugula and spring peas to your heart’s desire, those dishes can be paired with one of the city’s best wine lists. Cornmeal cake with truffle vinaigrette sipped with Chardonnay? What would you drink with a bowl of spring pea soup topped with crème fraîche? How about fava bean risotto?


Sendik’s Market sent out an email yesterday pushing its summertime wine, beer and spirits sale (it started yesterday and runs until July 1). Are you in the mood for a summer spritzer? Bottles of Ooh La La are three for $10. Did you know that Dave Matthews is in the wine business? (I visited his Virginia winery in 2009, tasting through a flight, of course. These are wines you want to try!) Enter to win tickets to see Matthews live at Alpine Valley on July 5 and 6. Or, you can spring for a bottle of The Dreaming Tree, Matthews’ label, for $10.99. Also, any regularly priced bottle of wine is slashed to 15 percent off.


Vino 100 in Wauwatosa is, sadly, shutting its doors. Fortunately for us, the closing comes with a party. Drop by this Saturday (1442 Underwood Ave.) from 6 p.m. to midnight and you’ll be treated to live Brazilian jazz music from Trio de Janeiro and lots of wines to taste by the glass.


Red wines during summer can work. Trust me. But you want to choose a wine that’s light in body. The 2011 Matua Valley Wines Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand, $14) is the perfect fit and would pair well with summer salads or grilled pizzas. A fragrant cherry bouquet eases into a palate rich with sweet red fruit followed by savory accents near the finish. (matua.co.nz)

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