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Wine and Food Pairing Guide

Pairing wine with cheese and other foods is a fun concept, but comes with a lot of uncertainty.

Should you pair a spicy wine with spicy foods? Do citrus foods make dry wines too hard to handle? Is a dessert wine meant to be paired with a dessert or does it stand as a dessert all on its own?

Whether you’re out to dinner or having people over, being able to pair the right wine with food is a very useful skill.

Light Dry White

Light, crisp white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio lend themselves to lighter tasting foods. Fresh or roasted vegetables, fish and even cream and oil based sauces pair well with these wines. If you are looking for a wine to pair with pre-meal salad, look no further.

Sweet White

Sweeter white wines such as Riesling pair well with a lot of different things. You can pair them with soft cheeses, pastas with creamy sauces, breads and smoked meats. Sweet whites are great wines to have with finger foods, and meat and cheese platters.

Rich White

Rich wines such as Chardonnay are traditionally paired with grilled poultry but can also go well with cooked vegetables, shellfish and some breads and pastas. Chardonnay is a great addition to bread, oilve oil and sun-dried tomatoes.

Sparkling

Champagne is a wonderful wine to toast and celebrate with, but can also go well with a lot of dishes. Fish, fresh vegetables, most cheeses, nuts and eggs are some good choices. A light, cheesy omelette is amazing with a brut champagne.

Light Red

Light red wines such as Pinot Noir pair well with roasted vegetables, shellfish, poultry and beef. Filet Mignon is a common pairing that works well with most Pinot Noirs. Though those listed above are the best pairings, any meats usually lend themselves well to light red wines.

Red

Red wines pair well with white and red meats as well as cheeses. If ever a wine was made for a meat and cheese plate, it was a red wine such as a Merlot. Using spicy, salty and smoked meats, along with hard cheeses, make for a great combination.

Dry Red

Cabernet Sauvignon, and other dry reds, are paired with a lot of the same things that other reds are such as meats and cheeses. Dry reds also pair very well with desserts. A good Cabernet Sauvignon can be paired with an entire meal that starts with meats and cheeses and ends with a chocolaty dessert.

Dessert

Dessert wines are just that… dessert. While they are well paired with soft cheeses and smoked meats, dessert wines are not meant to be paired with desserts. They are meant to be desserts all their own.

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Could the Fountain of Youth Flow with Greek Wine?

In Ikaria, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, they love their local wine and way of life.

And it’s a good thing they do. Residents of the island live, on average, 10 years longer than other westerners. Some locals credit the peaceful lifestyle and close community while others credit the locally made wine or water. Did I mention that the water is radioactive?

Researchers say it could be any number of things. Among these things are the diet and wine from local produce, the steep incline of the terrain that causes all citizens to get exercise throughout the day and even the radioactive water. For more information, click here.

How to Make Homemade Wine

Have you ever entertained the thought of making homemade wine?

If you have, you probably talked yourself out of it because as we all know, it’s a very difficult process and probably involves a lot of expensive equipment. Or does it?

The fact is, you can make your own wine at home with little instruction and investment. While it will take some care and time, homemade wine making is a money saving, delightful hobby. And it all starts with the grapes…

Making the Must

There are many ways you can create the juice (or must) that will be fermented into wine. The easiest of these is to buy a wine making kit which will contain everything you need to make the desired wine. Since you’re here, however, you’re probably not going that route.

The classic way we all think of is pressing the actual fruit that you are using (it doesn’t have to be a grape wine) into juice. You can do this with a juicer machine, by stomping it, or in any way you can think of to get enough juice out of the fruit. You will normally need a large quantity of fruit for this method.

Wine makers can also choose to buy juice or concentrate. There are plenty of wine making or fruit juices available. Concentrates will need to be diluted with water and should have the instructions on the package. Using purified water is safest. [Read more…]

Amazon Pops the Cork on the Wine Industry

As of November 8th, everyone’s favorite online retailer, Amazon.com, extended it’s reach to include the wine industry.

There are currently 1054 wines available for purchase and Amazon is shipping to 12 states. Early reports from other online retailers show “pre-shipping prices 10-25% lower than those offered on amazon.” However, with a standard $9.99 shipping for up to 6 bottles, some savings can still be found.

You can search and sort wines by scores, price, alcohol content and user ratings. This will likely become a strong point for amazon, as user reviews of the wines they are selling will likely end up at the top of search engine results. For more information, click here.

A Simple Guide to Understanding Wine Labels

If you think wine labels are confusing, you’re not alone.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about wines. Sadly, most of it boils down to the confusing labels.

Do you think that wine styles are named by how they taste? Maybe you think the year on the wine bottle is when you are suppose to drink it?

Whether you are an occasional wine drinker or wine is your life, read on. You may learn something.

Brand Name

The brand name on wine labels are fairly straight forward. It is the name of the wine. This may be the name of the wine’s producer, a created name for the wine, or anything the company chooses as long as it does not mislead.

Name or Variety of Wine

This is the name of the wine style. Most wines are named in one of two ways. The first way is by the grapes that are used. A wine is named for one type of grape (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, etc) must contain 75% or more of that type of grape. If the label lists multiple grape varieties, it is because none of the grapes made up more than 75% of the wine’s contents. In this case, all grapes that were used mused be listed. The other way wines are named is by region the wines were made. This happens with many European wines. Port, Burgundy, and Bordeaux are a few examples. [Read more…]

Wine Trends: iPad Wine List

The next time you go to a restaurant and ask for the wine menu, don’t be surprised if you are handed an iPad.

The use of iPad wine menus continue to rise. It adds a novelty to the restaurant that people like to talk about and come back for. It also keeps them buying more wine per visit.

Details

In the past, most wine menus were little more than bottles listed by name and price. While this is plenty for a sommelier, most of us had to depend on restaurant staff or our phones for more information. I for one feel bad not going with the recommendation of the wait staff after I ask for it.

iPad wine lists give you access to information on each wine, such as its description, origin, age and ratings. It will also suggest food pairings from the menu. This allows you to pick the perfect wine with just a few finger movements and educates you along the way. It also won’t be offended if you don’t pick the first wine it shows you.

Convenience

It seems like a lot of work for a restaurant owner to put in each wine they have and add all of the information on the wine. Let me ask you this. How often does technology make things slower?
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Wine Accessories Gifts for All

Give vino lovers the ultimate wine storage solution. Unique wine racks by WineLogic offer impeccable design that simply cannot be matched. WineLogic frames are built from high-quality, solid wood that will stand the test of time.

Frames are expertly crafted by our professional woodworkers. Not only do our unique, in-cabinet bottle holders reduce clutter they also increase organization- making them wine accessories gifts that keep on giving!

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