unusual 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!


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!


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!

Spinach Dip with Wine

The Story:

Party-goer: What are you doing?

George: What?

Party-goer: Did... did you just double dip that chip?

George: Scuze-me?


George: Double dipped?  Wha-what are you talkin about?

Party-goer: You dipped the chip, you took a bite... and you dipped again!

George: So?

Party-goer: THAT'S LIKE PUTTING YOUR WHOLE MOUTH RIGHT IN THE DIP! Look, from now on when you take a chip, just take one dip and END IT!


Don't let this pretty little face fool you.  I might look sweet and innocent but like George on the above episode of Seinfeld, I'm guilty of double dipping.  It's not a deliberate act by any means.  My hand just suddenly starts motioning back toward the dip without any conscious thought on my part.  I seriously get dip amnesia!  And when a bottle of wine is added to the equation, you might as well call the doctor (or slap my hand) because I've totally lost control!

The Pairing:

To complete my 3 part football food and wine pairing series, I chose Spinach Dip.  Popeye would be so proud!  And to accompany it, I chose a bottle of 2008 Mormoraia Vernaccia di San Gimignano (Mormoraia is the producer, Vernaccia is the grape and San Gimignano is a town in Tuscany, Italy - and absolutely breathtaking by the way).  This underrated Italian white wine is full of wild flowers, citrus and herbs.  After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I notice the creamy herb flavors in both the food and wine take center stage and continue through to the finish (aftertaste).  The wine's bright acidity cuts through the creaminess of the dish, but at 12.5% alcohol, still has enough body to stand up to the heaviness of the dip.  The acidity also contrasts the salt from the chips and helps to cleanse the palate in-between bites.  Yummy!


Please let me know your comments in the section below!  What do you think of George and I's double dipping madness?  What do you eat when watching football? Let's chat!