22 Sep Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market Blog Post / August 20, 2020
By Jerry Shackette
One of the best things about shopping at the Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market is the quality and variety of the seasonal fruit available from our local growers.
Blueberries, apples, raspberries, strawberries, wine grapes and blackberries all grow in significant quantities in the Skagit Valley. You might even find some lingonberry and marionberry if you look hard. It is a fresh, local bounty that cannot be beat for authentic flavors.
Then once you have your fresh fruit, let the culinary creating begin. Salads, crumbles, pies, tarts, smoothies…it’s a long list of great summer and fall dishes to add to any menu.
In addition to these treats I must confess I do enjoy Washington wines and it occurred to me that I was not really sure what wine I might pair with these typically sweet fruit dishes.
Time to talk with a couple of my favorite wine pros about what to serve with sweet fruit dishes. My sources argued for sparkling and sweeter wines to accompany sweet desserts, so I was off to find a favorite.
I started with the familiar label of Chateau Ste Michelle. Their tasty Brut non-vintage sparkling wine is a long-time staple of the Northwest and I have experienced a wonderful sparkling rosé from Treveri Cellars just south of Yakima. Both would certainly work with sweet but neither of these choices met the “local” definition in my head.
So, I began thinking almost hyper-local “Genuine Skagit” and it paid off. With your fruit dishes try a Gewurztraminer from Tulip Valley Winery just west of Mount Vernon on the Memorial Highway or the Columbia Valley Riesling from the Bertelsen Winery south of town on Starbird Road, both right here in the county and both great with your sweet fruit dishes.
I have not had a chance to sample recently but you can also consider fruit wines to try with our harvest. Both Pasek Cellars in Conway and Eagle Haven Winery on Sims Road just off Highway 20 have many fruit wine offerings to choose from.
Enjoy the great fruit harvest this season and make your meal even more special with a great wine from the Skagit Valley.