December food and wine pairings

Prime Rib with Wine

The Story:

A sneak peak at my X-mas card....and yes, I sent it to my grandma, too!

The Pairing:

In my family, turkey is reserved for Thanksgiving and prime rib is served on Christmas day.  Since Christmas is my favorite holiday and only comes once a year, I pull out something special for everyone to enjoy.  This year, I'll be pouring a bottle of the 2007 JAQK Cellars "High Roller" Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.

Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect with prime rib.  Most people don't realize that different cuts of meat, along with different cooking methods and seasonings call for different wines and since prime rib is roasted, rich and fatty, it begs for an equally heavy duty wine.  This pairing works because the meat's fats and proteins coat the mouth, helping to soften the impression of the wine's tannin.  The tannin then acts as a palate cleanser, once it strips away the protein.  In addition, the wine's aroma's of black fruit, red licorice and sage help to add flavor to the meat and the toasty oak from use of french barrels is integrated nicely, helping to highlight the slight char on the outside of the meat.  If you want to impress your guests, this is the way to do it!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  What do you think of my Christmas card?  And do you serve turkey and prime rib for Christmas dinner, just one or the other, or something completely different? Let's chat!

Where To Find The Wine:

The 2007 JAQK Cellars "High Roller" Cabernet Sauvignon is available at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please visit their website: http://khourysfinewine.com/ or call 702-435-9463.  They can ship anywhere!

Gingerbread Pop-Tarts with Wine

The Story:

Screw Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy pictures getting leaked, or Kris Humphrey’s first interview since his breakup with Kim.  I want important news, like the brand Kellogg’s introducing its new limited edition Gingerbread Pop-Tarts!  Now that’s a story no one should miss!  Instead of lame, hard as a rock gingerbread cookies, these pop-tarts are warm and gooey with frosting in the middle.  And, there’s even instructions on the back of the box, on how to make your very own gingerbread house using them.  Someone alert the presses!

The Pairing:

Although my gingerbread house turned out more like a log cabin, enjoying these pop-tarts alongside a glass of the 2010 Angeline Reserve Chardonnay was perfect.  The grapes are sourced from a combination of both Santa Barbara and Sonoma County vineyards.

After a bite of the pop-tart and then a sip of the wine, I notice how well the creamy round texture of the wine works against the cream filling and dense texture of the gingerbread.  This is mostly due to the wine being 100% fermented in oak barrels.  Next, I enjoy how the toasty oak and vanilla crème flavors found in the wine work with the toasted outside edges of the pop-tart and the vanilla crème center.  Plus, the ripe, tropical fruit stands up nicely to the sweetness of the snack, which is also possibly due to a little leftover residual sugar in the wine.  And finally, thanks to a long, cool growing season, the wine has retained a nice acidity that helps to prolong the gingerbread flavor and cleanse the palate in-between bites.  Super yummy!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  Have you seen these pop-tarts at your local grocery store?  And would you consider leaving gingerbread pop-tarts for Santa instead of cookies?  Let's chat!

Where To Find The Wine:

The 2010 Angeline Reserve Chardonnay retails for $12 at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please visit their website: http://khourysfinewine.com/ or call 702-435-9463.  They can ship anywhere!

Potatoes Au Gratin with Wine

The Story

Here's how I rank on Santa's list:

Nice:

1. Kind to everyone (unless you cut me off the road while driving...then you get the finger)

2. Helped an old man take his medicine, which happened to be cute little blue pills

3. Sent thank you cards to everyone who attended my engagement party, (even if they didn't bring a gift;))

4. Said yes to my boyfriend's proposal

5. Invited my mom to Canada with me for FIVE LONG DAYS;)

Naughty:

1. Drank all the milk and left one little sip in the fridge

2. Gave Max more attention than Chloe (even though she's cuter)

3. Hogged the bed

4. Dreamt about an ex boyfriend (although I was hiding from him in my dream)

5. Stole a parking spot (they didn't have their blinker on, damn it)

The Pairing:

Whether you've been sweet or gratin, this pairing is one that is sure to please even Santa's worst elf's!

The  2006 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva from Tuscany, Italy was pure heaven with potatoes au gratin.  After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I loved how the cheese flavor was heightened and a smoky element from the wine came to life.  Sangiovese, the main grape used to produce this wine has excellent acidity and that coupled with the sour cherry aroma, matched the tangy sharpness of the cheddar cheese, yet cleansed the palate in-between bites.  The grainy texture of the cheddar cheese also matched the wine's tannic structure nicely and the richness of the wine stood up perfectly to the heaviness of the cheese and potatoes.  So yummy!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  Have you been naughty or nice?  And would you rather rock an elf hat or a Santa hat?  Let's chat!

Where To Find The Wine:

The 2006 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva is available at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please visit their website: http://khourysfinewine.com/ or call 702-435-9463.  They can ship anywhere!

Chicken Noodle Soup with Wine

The Story:

I wonder who the idiot is or should I say genius is that came up with the Snuggie? Because let's face it, you can’t call something stupid that’s made millions of dollars. I’m guessing this person decided to put a robe on backwards one day to keep the front of their body warm and thought, I’m gonna be rich! All of us who played around with our robes and wore them backwards are kicking ourselves for not doing it sooner! It’s the stupidest, smartest invention ever and although I swore I would never buy one, the day finally came when I was sick with a cold and wanted something soft to keep me warm. I have to say it did the trick.  Although, I feel one minor packaging error was the fact that the box has a person sipping a cup of joe on it instead of enjoying a glass of wine. Total marketing fail!

The Pairing:

Most people would never think to enjoy chicken noodle soup with wine, but let me be the first to tell you that it’s far better than I had ever imagined. Soup is extremely salty and this can be a huge problem when pairing it with wine, however, a wine with high acidity does just the trick.

The 2007 Michel Picard Sancerre from the Loire Valley of France was a sure winner with chicken noodle soup. “Sancerre” is the name of the region in France where the wine is made.  However, the grape used to produce it is Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc from this region has incredible acidity, plus, a light body and aromas of lemons and herbs.

After a bite of the soup and then a sip of the wine, I immediately enjoy how well the two work together. It was almost so seamless that I couldn’t figure out why. Of course, the acidity in the wine played its part, but it was just one of those combinations where I felt myself wanting to take another bite of the food after every sip of wine. The flavors of the two were complimentary and neither one overpowered the other. Aditionally, the wine's lingering finish prolonged the flavors of both, creating an even more enjoyable experience.  I know they say you shouldn’t drink when you're sick, but this pairing may have you wanting to break the rules a little! Cheers and enjoy!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  Do you own a Snuggie?  Have you ever tried soup with wine?  Let's chat!

Where To Find The Wine:

The 2007 Michel Picard Sancerre retails for $21.99 at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please visit their website: http://khourysfinewine.com/ or call 702-435-9463.  They can ship anywhere!