Drew Barrymore’s Favorite Summer Recipe, Her Tips for Wine Pairing

The actress and new mom talks about her new wine, Barrymore Wines, and more

Take a stab at making and serving one of Barrymore's favorite dishes this summer, Clams Montecito

It’s pretty safe to say that Drew Barrymore was born into the acting business — she dove into showbiz when she appeared in E.T. as a little girl. Now, she has her own beautiful little girl, 8-month-old Olive, with husband Will Kopelman and is into a new type of business — the wine world.

Inspired by Italian culture, Barrymore has created her own signature Barrymore Wines collection in honor of her family legacy. She's a fan of crisp, fruity white wines, and so Barrymore’s first offering for the label is a pinot grigio — perfect for summer entertaining.

Barrymore Pinot Grigio is a straw yellow, full-bodied wine with hints of fresh apricot and lively citrus flavors. The grapes to create this charming pinot grigio were harvested from various vineyards in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Veneto. Last year, Barrymore Pinot Grigio won a gold medal at the Le Challenge International du Vin, the largest international wine competition in France.

Barrymore is sharing with us one of her favorite summer recipes, Clams Montecito, a dish that pairs perfectly with her pinot grigio, as well as a few thoughts on wine and entertaining:

On how wine makes her feel:
"For me, wine is very enjoyable and relaxing.  It’s accompanied with dinner, music, and entertaining — all facets of life’s great culture."

On making memories:
"Some of the fondest memories with my closest friends have been spent as we sipped a glass of wine and talked about life, love, our careers, and all the other problems we were trying to solve that evening."

On wine pairing ideas:
"One of the amazing characteristics of pinot grigio is how well it pairs with a variety of dishes. I love the crisp, full-bodied taste paired with mild cheeses, fish, salads, and light Italian courses such as pasta and pizzas."

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Head to www.barrymorewines.com for buying information.