Red Wine

What WINE Pairs With The Election?

What WINE Pairs With The Election?

There's nothing more American than Zinfandel, and I'm not talking about white Zin, people! 

What WINE Pairs With A Cheap Date?

What WINE Pairs With A Cheap Date?

You're single and looking to get some action. You don't want to rely on a date to pay for a meal and unfortunately, you don't get paid until Friday. I have the perfect solution to solve your problem. Because if there's anything "Pimpin' 101" has taught me, it's that real playas' know how to manipulate things.

Red Velvet Cake with Wine

The Story:

First of all, let me state for the record that I fully support making idiotic, ridiculous, totally unachievable New Year's resolutions.  I like to think that I will workout, eat right, cut back on alcohol consumption and stop the use of a word that starts with the letter f.  But for some reason I always forget.  I either suffer from amnesia or a lack of self control, I just haven't figured out which one it is yet.  Like when I make a resolution to cut out sweets.  "What's this?  Red velvet cake!  Guess I'll skip dinner and do an extra 2 hours of cardio so I can enjoy you..."  So this year, I decided to be honest with myself and say F it.  I'm going to do things exactly opposite.  For instance, I plan on drinking more and working out less.  And while working out, I'll incorporate sweets.  When I get upset, I'll shout F the world, buy myself a new puppy and pour another glass. Cheers to bad habits;)

The Pairing:

One of my New Year's resolutions I do plan on sticking with is introducing you to "nerd" wines...a.k.a not Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot or Cab.

Zweigelt (TSVYE-gelt), an Austrian red wine, is killer with red velvet cake.  Austria is known mostly for its whites like the totally hip Gruner Veltliner, pronounced as simply "Groovy" by wine nerds.  This red grape, however, was developed by a "mad" scientist (OK, I don't really know if he was mad) by the name of Fritz Zweigelt in the early 1900s.  It's one of Austria's most widely planted red grapes and makes deliciously fruity, easy to drink, medium to full bodied wines that are full of red fruits, flowers, spice, silky tannins and a nice bite of acidity.  This acidity, by the way, is what makes this wine so darn food friendly.

After a bite of the red velvet cake and then a sip of the 2010 Winzer Krems Zweigelt Kellermeister Privat, I notice how the velvety texture of both the food and the wine mirror each other, creating a creamy mouth-feel.  Then, just as I taste a mixture of blueberries, raspberries and red current, it disappears and the chocolate flavor of the cake takes center stage.  The best part is saved for last when the acidity in the wine stands up to the tangy cream cheese frosting and cleanses the palate.  The two just seem made for each other!  Enjoy!


Please let me know your comments in the section below!  What's your favorite cake flavor?  Have you ever tried an Austrian wine like Gruner Veltliner or Zweigelt?  Let's chat!

Enchiladas with Wine

Dear Santa,

I got your note "where's the cookies?"  I thought leaving you enchiladas and a glass of the 2008 Vina Sastre Ribera Del Duero instead of tired old milk and cookies would teach you a lesson we all have to don't always get what you want in life.

I mean, you've taught me this lesson many times.  Remember when I asked for a Barbie doll and got coal in my stocking with a letter to Sarah.  First of all, I'm not Sarah and second, she doesn't even live here.  And last year, you completely forgot to stop by my house altogether.  Were you busy playing angry birds on the sleigh ride and missed a couple stops?  I sent you a message on Facebook and Twitter and got no response.  Now, imagine how that feels!

So, although you may not have wanted enchiladas and a glass of wine, at least it was perfectly paired.  The wine is from some of the oldest and most impressive vineyards in the Ribera Del Duero region of Spain.  And because it's a dry place with hot days and cool nights, plus a cruel winter, the conditions leave a higher acidity in the wine not usually found in other wines made from the Tempranillo grape.  This acidity helps to cleanse the palate in-between bites and the dark fruit and spice help to bring out the flavors of the sauce.  Plus, although the wine is just short of being Crianza (aged for a year in oak), it still had enough structure to stand up to the weight of the dish.  Both somehow seem better together, right?

Finally, you must have at least appreciated a break in the monotony.  And even if you won't admit it, I'm sure the wine helped to take the edge off.  I know its hard out there for a pimp;)~  Plus, I heard your lactose intolerant, so I purposely made your enchiladas without cheese.  You can't say that about the millions of people leaving you milk, now can you?

P.S. When I start getting what I want, you'll start getting what you