Heirloom tomato & grilled corn salsa, and the wine that loves it

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go camping with a group of wonderful people.    I wanted to make a good impression, so I brought some homemade salsa (OK, and lots of wine).   It was a hit, and so I have decided to post my recipe.   Take advantage of the amazing summer corn and tomatoes right now… because unfortunately summer won’t last forever.   Sad, sad…   now I need a glass of wine.

Heirloom tomato & grilled corn salsa

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3 large heirloom tomatoes, diced
2 ears of sweet white corn
1 poblano pepper
1 cup red onion, diced
3/4 cup diced cilantro
1 lime – juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon smoked sea salt

Preheat grill. Shuck corn completely, rub with olive oil and paprika. Grill corn until browned and slightly charred in spots – about 20 minutes, turning every 4 minutes. Grill poblano pepper until skin blisters, about 10 minutes. Once corn has cooled to room temperature, cut kernels off cob. Once poblano pepper has cooled to room temperature, peel off the skin and dice. Mix corn kernels, poblano pepper, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime and sea salt. Strain salsa in fine mesh strainer before putting into jars/containers. Serve with tortilla chips, or grilled fish.

Now for the wine!

I thought this salsa paired really well with Round Pond’s 2013 Rosato di Nebbiolo.   It is a delicious, light, crisp rose.   A friend of mine (Ashley , I’m looking at you) will not drink rose but actually purchased a bottle of this wine when we went to the winery.   Style – dry.   Color – very light pinkish/orange.   Flavors – ripe strawberries, apple, grapefruit and melon.   Perfect bite on the finish.    This is an awesome wine to pair with salads… and salsa!

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$24/bottle (Yes it is over $20.   Yes, it is worth every penny)


Grand Slam!