White Wine

Animal Style Fries with Wine

The Story:

"You're on a diet, good for you. Now stop boring everybody by talking about it."

As I made my morning cup of coffee and scanned my favorite websites for news, I came across an article on Chow.com entitled, "Don't Be a Diet Bore."  The headline made me giggle out loud thinking about all the occasions I've been out with someone who is dieting, or worse, dislikes my blog because I occasionally talk about red meat, high fructose, fried, possibly processed food with wine.  Granted, I've tried my fair share of diets and completely sympathize with wanting to fit into those skinny jeans.  But, it's also important for food not to run your life and for you not to ruin my meal because you've suddenly decided you're becoming a vegetarian and officially cutting wine out of your diet.  That's where I draw the line.

The Pairing:

The reason I can have In-N-Out's Animal Style Fries and not act like an animal by devouring the entire thing in one sitting is because I know that I can have a cookie, pizza, or anything I want an hour later.  And this even includes a glass of vino!

Nerd alert wine!  I told you I was going to get a little geeky with the wines this year!  The 2008 Treana white ($23) from Paso Robles, California is a blend of 55% Marsanne and 45% Viognier (vee-OHWN-yay).  It's a big ass white wine with 14.5% alcohol and an oily, opulently rich character.  Although this white blend is a power house, the grapes are grown in a cooler climate off the Pacific Ocean, which helps to retain its acidity.  Marsanne and Viognier combined create a wine full of lemon, peach, melon and honey with a little Chamomile tea and spice coming through at the end.  Plus, since this wine is so full of flavor and has quite a bit of alcohol and aromatics, it can continue to develop with a little bit of age, as we see here.  This is not the case for many light bodied, easy drinking whites.

Animal fries and Treana are an exciting match.  The fries are on In-N-Out's "secret" menu and consist of french fries with melted cheese, spread and grilled onions.  The spread is thought to be some sort of thousand island dressing.  After a bite of the fries and then a sip of the wine, I immediately notice the sweetness of the onions and ketchup found in the spread playing nicely off the fruitiness of the wine.  Since the wine has also been partially fermented in oak, the slight touch of toast highlights the grilled onions.  Texturally, I want to shout out, "Score!"  The fries are creamy, heavy and oily, mirroring the wine completely.  And finally, the lemon and nice balance of acidity in the wine stands up to the tangy elements of the cheese and dressing and helps to cleanse the palate in-between bites.

Comments:

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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!

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!

Thanksgiving Ham with Wine

The Story:

"Icon. Actress. Supermodel. Chanteuse. Muse. Frog-o-phile.  Cinema and television superstar nonpareil."

This is Miss Piggy's press copy, most likely written by her in anticipation of her new movie Disney's "The Muppets," in theatres the day before Thanksgiving.  She's been gracing the late night airwaves on shows like the "Late, Late Show" with Craig Ferguson, "Late Night" with Jimmy Falon and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to promote her new flick.  And if you can believe it, she's even teamed up with MAC makeup to debut a Miss Piggy-themed collection featuring pink eye shadow, black eyeliner and false lashes, of course.  In addition, she's also modeling designer looks for November's issue of "InStyle" magazine.  Not bad for a cute little pig!  I hope she didn't hear that!

The Pairing:

"Do you have a plan for Thanksgiving dinner?"  Jimmy Kimmel asks Miss Piggy.  She sighs and then says, "Well, I'm gonna have turkey."  Jimmy Kimmel laughs as he repeats her answer, "You will have turkey?"  "Yeah, of course.  That's one of the benefits of being, um, high up on the food chain.  Ya', you can eat whatever's below ya." she states.

Luckily, we aren't pigs and can enjoy a deliciously baked maple glazed ham this Thanksgiving.   To make the meal even more enjoyable, I've paired it with a bottle of the 2009 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France that even Miss Piggy wouldn't turn down.  Gewurztraminer is the name of the grape and is the perfect white wine to pair with Thanksgiving dinner due to its rich, full body and medium acidity.

This wine will work with almost everything on the table and I especially love it with maple glazed ham accompanied by all the hefty sides like sweet potato casserole.  The wine has aromas of lychee, roses, orange peel and spice with a touch of residual sugar left in it.  This residual sugar works nicely with the sweetness of the ham, plus, packs the body and acidity that Gewurztraminer's can usually lack.  In addition, the nutmeg and spice aromas enhance the maple flavors found in the ham and give a great sweet vs. savory experience when sipping this wine alongside turkey or stuffing.  Hope you enjoy!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  Do you serve ham on Thanksgiving?  Did you grow up watching The Muppets?  Let's chat!