Food & Wine Pairings: Part 1

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What foods go best with wine?

The first rule, or shall I say suggestion (because some rules were made to be broken) is if it grows together, it goes together. That of course means for example Italian food - Italian wine! Which leads me to the subject of this blog - Pizza & Wine! Specifically the varietal, Sangiovese!

The slightly sweet acidity of the tomato, the creaminess of the cheese and the chew of the crust (dough) is what makes the classic pizza so special.  Match that with say Chianti - one of the prized wines and sub regions of Tuscany - which is made from Sangiovese grapes!  Its characteristics include tart or preserved cherry, red fruits, espresso, figs, sweet balsamic, oregano, cigar smoke, even notes of dry cured meat/game (kind of like walking into an Italian Market).  Delicioso!

Note: Some Chianti wines of course taste better than others. For instance look for Classico, Rufina or Superiore and Riserva which means the wine has been aged for 2 years. Some wines from Montalcino are better (richer, aged longer, special plot of land) than others. Not all wines are a prized Brunello Di Montalicino (ages for 4 years), which are made from Sangiovese as well.  There a tons of good Italian wines in the $10-$20 range. Experiment for yourself! Until we meet again (or until I write the next blog) - Arrivaderci!!  Check out this cool video with Sofia Loren below!

Summer Wine Tips

Well it’s been quite a summer in the northeast! A few tips if you are drinking Wine (or any alcoholic beverages for that matter).

  1. Pace yourself. 
  2. Yeah, drink water between beverages. Drinking water between beverages will help keep you hydrated, which is especially important on hot days. 
  3. It’s totally fine to chill all wines... yes, even reds (1/2 chill)! If you're chilling reds, you can also try a sangria! It's easy to make and a great drink to cool down with.  
  4. And don’t miss out on the selection of good Rosé wines that are now available, give them a try! They go great with fish/seafood, vegetarian dishes as well as chicken and lighter meats (any kind of pork- even rich, fattier cuts), any kind of salads (be careful with the vinegar), and cheese of course!

Falafel Wine Pairing

What wine to drink with falafel?


We just had wonderful homemade falafel from a student of Kathy's... We put together the accoutrements and the tahini sauce and we drank a Chablis.. yes, Chablis!

Chablis is just above the Burgundy region in France, so it's referred to as a white burgundy at times; but more specifically, chablis. It's made from the chardonnay grape, and typically little to no oak is used/detected.

The acidity was just right for falafel — good minerality, tangy with light fruit overtones. It was magnifique!