Cioppino, the Liguria-inspired seafood stew, reflects both the creativity and the ingredients the chef has on hand. This tomato-dominant version cries out for a red wine. We think Montepulciano d’Abruzzo responds best .
The critics are raving about the 2014 vintage of Sicilian wines. While a healthy dose of skepticism is always in order, I agree with them in this case. Nero d’Avola and the reds from Etna are excellent examples. But give Frappato a try . . . especially paired with this Chicken Marsala dish. Eccezionale!
Everyone seems to enjoy Leek and Potato Soup: hearty and soulful, but with a subdued flavor profile. As such, it calls for a wine pairing that’s contrasting in style. Select Cali Chardonnays and White Burgundies deliver on that.
‘Tis the season to recommend wines for the Holidays. We believe this post is “more complete” than the recommendations provided by your local newspaper or wine merchant.
Assyrtiko, assertively dry and lemony, is a white wine that can stand up to the pairing challenge of the artichoke. Here’s a way to ease into this pairing and experience this great, Greek grape.
French Onion soup may be old school, but it’s given new life when paired with this Rhone blend from the Ventoux region of southern France.
Have you selected your Thanksgiving wines yet? If not, perhaps this post will help. All the best for a safe and happy Holiday!
Salade Niçoise – the Provençal salad of tuna, egg, potatoes and haricots verts. Surprisingly, the salad pairs with a number of varietals, but not without some cautions. Check it out.
Riesling and Pork. Why not Pinot Noir or Beaujolais? In this case, it’s the carrots that serve as the bridge and makes this pairing spectacular! Check it out.
Franciacorta, Italy’s great sparkling wine, is a versatile pairing partner. Especially when it is enjoyed in its backyard – the shores of beautiful Lake Como!