With the arrival of the sunny days, it is one of the summer's must-sees that is making its comeback on our plates: the melon! Very fragrant, refreshing and low in calories, it can be enjoyed throughout the meal, from aperitif to dessert. So, whether you are rather classic or you like to go off the beaten track, discover our advice in terms of melon-wine accords.
Served in tapas with Serrano, Coppa, Parma or Bayonne ham, melon can be served with a natural sweet wine. If Port remains a great classic, it may mask the scent of the melon if it is still too green. Choose a wine that is less rich in residual sugars: Banyuls, Maury or Rivesaltes will be excellent choices, and their aromas of spices, leather and ripe fruit will perfectly enhance your tapas.
Another possible choice: let the fruity and powerful notes of the Tempranillo and Grenache grape varieties blossom, enjoying the sweet and sour balance of melon/ham combinations with wines from Rioja or Côtes du Rhône.
Served with white ham, prefer a less tannic wine. A rosé from Provence such as a Bandol will be very pleasant and will leave you with fresh notes.
If you innovate in tapas and create melon, raw ham, tomato, mozzarella skewers, opt for the freshness and delicacy of a Coteaux d'Aix en Provence or a Côtes de Provence!
Always as an appetizer, melon is often served with fresh cheeses such as mozzarella or feta cheese. It is then particularly appreciated with the aromas of citrus fruits, white flowers and honey that characterize the Chenin Blanc grape variety. So go for a semi-dry white wine from the Loire, such as Vouvray or Montlouis sur Loire.
And if you want more originality (and bubbles!), why not try with a Crémant de Loire (raw) or, if you like sweeter bubbles, a Clairette de Die or a Blanquette de Limoux?
Whether as a simple fruit, as a sorbet or in a fruit salad, melon is just as omnipresent in summer desserts. Feel free to play on the sweet notes by enjoying it with a Sauternes, a Muscat, a Gewurztraminer or a Riesling in late harvest.
And if you don't like fruit melon, you can serve your guests a Melon wine! And yes, the White Melon (also called Burgundy Melon) is also the name of the Muscadet grape variety.