fall foods with wine

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!

What wine pairs with stuffing your face on Thanksgiving?

The Story:

Have you ever heard of the term itis?  You won't find it in Webster's, nor will your mother know the definition.  No, for this word, you have to go straight to the urban dictionary (or to someone with street cred).  But to save you the added effort, I'll give it to you now.  Itis is defined as "the drowsy sleepy feeling you get after eating a large meal. Usual meals like big Sunday dinners, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals."  And just in case you need to see the word in sentence form, the urban dictionary offers up this, "man, that itis done got me.  I'm fixin' to take a nap."  Now you understand, right?  Me, too!  I always thought it were the turkey that made me so sleepy, but apparently, it's the amount of food I'm inhaling, accompanied by large amounts of fat and salt, yummy!  So, this Thanksgiving when your stomach swells up to the size of an eight month pregnant woman, you can share this little information you just learned with your family and friends.  But, please don't tell them it was your favorite wine expert that gave you this incredibly intelligent word...just something you came across on the Internet.  I mean, I wouldn't want to make myself look any sillier than I already do;)

The Pairing:

A Cru Beaujolais is thought to be the quintessential wine to serve on turkey day.  Beaujolais is a wine region in France (they name their wine after the place it's grown) and is made using the Gamay grape.  Most people are familiar with Beaujolais Nouveau, which is fruity red wine released on the third Thursday of November, shortly after being bottled.  Cru Beaujolais however, is different from Nouveau and is often compared to good Pinot Noir, except at a fraction of the price ($10-20/bottle).  Its been said that this wine is the best choice when serving a Thanksgiving feast for large amounts of people.  However, I have to disagree.  I recently tasted the 2010 Jean Marc Burgaud Vieillesc Vignes Morgan with a huge lineup of Thanksgiving fare and personally, it didn't always work.

Although the wine has been given wonderful acclaim by Robert Parker, the only items I truly enjoyed with the wine was the turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.  The mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole all clashed with the wine.  And my maple glazed ham didn't work, either.  Except, I will note that the pieces of ham without the glaze did.  (You can expect my wine and ham pairing later in the week)  So, why would I serve this wine for a banquet full of people who are going to choose other items on the table?  This is the problem with picking one wine for Thanksgiving dinner when a vast assortment of foods are being served!  So, my advice...if you're going to serve earth driven dishes such as turkey, stuffing and veggies, go with the Beaujolais.  But for items like sweet potato casserole or dark meats, refer to my previous posts for suggestions.  At the end of the day, your loved ones probably won't care what they're drinking, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't make it a more enjoyable experience!  Cheers!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  Have you ever heard of the term "itis"?  Do you have a particular wine that you like to serve on Thanksgiving?  Let's chat!

Where To Find The Wine:

The 2010 Jean Marc Burgaud Vieillesc Vignes Morgan retails for $19.99 at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please visit their website: http://khourysfinewine.com/ or call 702-435-9463.  They can ship anywhere!

Meat Lovers Thanksgiving Dinner with Wine

The Story:

It was an awkward situation to say the least.  Two of my friends, who are just casual acquaintances with each other, ended up dating the same guy and I suddenly found myself in the same room with both of them at the same time.  Only to make matters worse, one was the ex-girlfriend and the other was the present.  The tension in the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife.  And although they both tried to be ladylike, I had a feeling something was going to happen.  And of course, my psychic intuition, or merely the fact that I'm a woman was right.

The ex-girlfriend decided to create conversation, I guess to be friendly by asking, "did you do anything special for his birthday?"  Every hair on my body rose up in anticipation of what the new girlfriend would say.  I was shocked the ex-girlfriend would even ask a question like that, but I think she was genuinely coming from a good place.  "I took to him to an all you can eat meat dinner.  He's a meat guy.  He likes meat,"  states the new girlfriend with a matter of factness to her voice.  As she walks out of the room, I see the ex-girlfriend's eyes fill with water.  I'm clearly lost because I didn't think her response was so bad.  "What's wrong?" I asked.  "That bitch!  She knows I'm a vegetarian.  She said that to be cruel."  I tried to hug my friend, but she stopped me.  My heart went out to her knowing she must have some unresolved feelings there and also, I wasn't quite sure that's how my other friend meant it.  It's clear however, that meat and men, aren't they the same thing;)~, can sure stir up emotions.

The Pairing:

Not everyone wants white meat on Thanksgiving.  I personally love a big, juicy drumstick or piece of beef.  These darker meats call for a bigger, fuller bodied wine that can stand up to the fat content of the meat.  That's when I pull out a bottle of the 2007 Domaine de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet from France.  This southern Rhone red wine is a blend of up to 13 grapes but is mostly Grenache based with some Syrah.

After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I immediately love how well the two work together.  The wine's medium to full body stands up nicely to heaviness of the meat without being too cloying and its smooth tannins do especially well with the dark turkey meat.  The earth and spice aromas found in the wine work incredibly well with the herbs and spices used to flavor the meat and the raspberry and blackberry aromas give the pairing a touch of sweetness.  Finally, the real reason one chooses a red from France with meat is due to its wonderful acidity that helps to prolong the flavors of the food and cleanse the palate in-between bites.  Hope you enjoy!  Cheers!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  Are you a vegetarian and have a special Thanksgiving spread you like to serve?  Do you like the darker meat on a turkey or like to serve beef on Thanksgiving?  Let's chat!

Where To Find The Wine:

The 2007 Domaine de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet 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!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Wine

The Story:

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the #1 day to drink wine in America?  Me neither, because the way I drink wine, you would think everyday was a holiday!  And since it's hard enough choosing a wine for Friday night from a sea full of labels at the grocery store, I decided to host a pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner to showcase 6 wines that would work with any holiday spread.

I invited the regular "tasting" crew (winos), along with a few other close friends and tried to get everyone to bring a dish.  I wanted a little bit of everything on the table, including sweet potato casserole, maple glazed ham and who could forget, turkey.  We were scheduled to start dinner at 8, but by 8:15, it was clear we were running behind.  We forgot to buy enough cheese for the macaroni and the stuffing was missing an extra bag of breadcrumbs.  Plus, my friend needed to toast her heaping mound of marshmallows on top of her casserole and another friend needed to throw her rolls in the oven.  Luckily, I bribed everyone to stay and wait by pouring a delicious and beautiful holiday cocktail (details coming soon).

We finally sat down to eat at 8:40 and I raised my glass in a toast to good friends, good food and a special thanks for not ripping my head off due to starving bellies.  And with that, we started our meal.  We took each glass of wine and tried a few bites of food.  The pairings were close to perfect and over the next couple weeks, I will be sharing them with you.  Today, I start by highlighting my absolute favorite, sweet potato casserole (extra marshmallows, please)!

 The Pairing:

The problem with choosing one wine for Thanksgiving dinner is that there are so many different dishes on the table.  A wine that does the trick every time is a slightly sweet, German Riesling Spatlese.  The 2006 Ansgar Clusserath Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spatlese from Germany is a great choice.  The hint of sweetness in the wine works incredibly well with sweeter dishes like maple glazed ham and of course, sweet potato casserole.  Plus, Riesling is incredibly versatile with food due to its naturally high acidity and low alcohol level so it's sure to work with just about any dish.  In addition, guests who don't often drink wine will also enjoy its touch of sweetness.

What I like about this particular Riesling with sweet potato casserole is the wine has a rich texture helping it to stand up to the heaviness of the dish.  There is also a smoky element that plays nicely off the toasted marshmallows.  Additionally, the wine has enough sugar to stand up to the sweetness of the yams.  Finally, the length of the wine's finish along with its refreshing, clean acidity make you want to take another bite of the food and then another sip of the wine.  Cheers!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  What is your favorite dish to serve for Thanksgiving dinner?  Do you have a wine you like to pour on Thanksgiving?  Let's chat!

Where To Find The Wine:

The 2006 Ansgar Clusserath Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spatlese retails for $29.99 (only 166 cases were produced) at Khourys Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please visit their website: http://khourysfinewine.com/ or call 702-435-9463.  They can ship anywhere!