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A General Guide to Food and Wine Pairings

Sep 30, 2010

The holiday season is upon us again and that means lots of food, wine, and celebration. If you are the hosting type, you'll likely already be planning your upcoming parties and guest lists, and beyond that, your menus. While there are no ironclad rules where food and wine pairings are concerned, there are certainly some simple guidelines that will help make your dinner parties easier and assist in a seamless party season.

The holiday season is upon us again and that means lots of food, wine, and celebration. If you are the hosting type, you'll likely already be planning your upcoming parties and guest lists, and beyond that, your menus. While there are no ironclad rules where food and wine pairings are concerned, there are certainly some simple guidelines that will help make your dinner parties easier and assist in a seamless party season.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a fabulously deep, complex and hearty red that is wonderful with juicy roasts, steak and pork chops.

Pinot Grigio is a rather delicate white making it a lovely choice for light fish dishes and shellfish.

Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with tangy/tart dishes as well as smoked or grilled meats and fish.

Chardonnay has the wonderful ability to compliment fatty fish, like salmon, as well as roast chicken, lobster and pasta in a rich, lush sauce.

Pinot Noir has great depth for dishes with earthy flavors such as mushrooms, truffles, root vegetables and also pairs nicely with lamb, beef stews, game meats and roast turkey.

Serve a Riesling or Gewürztraminer with chicken or seafood containing sweet & spicy flavours like chilies and ginger as well as recipes with citrus notes.

A rich and rustic Zinfandel is fantastic with pâtés, mousses and terrines.

Malbec and Shiraz are bold enough to drink with barbecue sauce based meals, spicy dishes, sausages, ham and pork roasts.

When in doubt, think about pairing the wine with its region. For example, if you plan on making a Tuscan inspired dish, a beautiful Italian Chianti would be a natural fit.

And of course, no celebration would be complete without a toast of Sparkling Wine which will conclude any dessert course with utter panache.

(Photo Credit: Whole Foods Market.com)

 

Wine Pro Hangouts

Sep 27, 2010

Any food and wine enthusiast has their favorite restaurant, recipe, cocktail and wine. The question remains though, where are the pros spending their time? Food and Wine Magazine went undercover with expert Sommeliers to find some of America's new secret hot spots. From New York to Michigan to Seattle, click over to Food and Wine to see their fabulous slideshow gallery of some of the best new hangouts that are not just reserved for the professionals. 

Any food and wine enthusiast has their favorite restaurant, recipe, cocktail and wine. The question remains though, where are the pros spending their time? Food and Wine Magazine went undercover with expert Sommeliers to find some of America's new secret hot spots. From New York to Michigan to Seattle, click over to Food and Wine to see their fabulous slideshow gallery of some of the best new hangouts that are not just reserved for the professionals. 

(Photo Credit: Food and Wine.com)

 

De Long's Wine Grape Varietal Table

Sep 17, 2010

De Long's Wine Grape Varietal Table is an extremely beneficial tool for any wine lover. Mimicked after the periodic table of elements, this comprehensive guide categorizes the world of grape varieties in a simple-to-follow format. This guide imparts a visual comparison providing a better understanding of the wine you are drinking.

De Long's Wine Grape Varietal Table is an extremely beneficial tool for any wine lover. Mimicked after the periodic table of elements, this comprehensive guide categorizes the world of grape varieties in a simple-to-follow format. This guide imparts a visual comparison providing a better understanding of the wine you are drinking.

"The table contains 184 red and white grape varieties organized by both body (vertically) and acidity (horizontally). The Wine Indexes, which help to answer the bacchanalian question "what grape are you drinking?", now include all wine regions worldwide. To fit all the additional information in, the table is now 24 x 36 inches (printed on 110 lb. acid-free archival paper), and the indexes now comprise an 88 page perfect-bound book. The table and index book are packaged in an attractive and sturdy gift box."

This chart is the perfect addition to any wine lover's life, no matter your expertise.

Drop by Just Fine Wine to get yours!

(References and Photo Credit: DeLong Wine.com)

 

Food Network New York City wine & Food Festival

Sep 16, 2010

From October 7-10th, New York City will be abuzz with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. This festival will feature such culinary heavy hitters like Booby Flay, Ming Tsai, Giada De Laurentiis, Tyler Florence and hundreds more. As well as appearances and seminars with wine experts such as Shelley Lindgren, Richard Betts, Francesco Marone Cinzano and many, many more pros.

From October 7-10th, New York City will be abuzz with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. This festival will feature such culinary heavy hitters like Booby Flay, Ming Tsai, Giada De Laurentiis, Tyler Florence and hundreds more. As well as appearances and seminars with wine experts such as Shelley Lindgren, Richard Betts, Francesco Marone Cinzano and many, many more pros.

From The Food Network's Official Site:

"The third annual Food Network New York City wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure takes place October 7-10, 2010 and once again is hosted by and benefits the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength. Building on the success of the 2008 and 2009 Festivals, the 2010 Festival is set to turn up the heat in New York City this Columbus Day weekend.

The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure magazines began as a one night event, SWEET, in the fall of 2007. In 2008, Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, launched the inaugural Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. The first annual Festival consisted of over 80 events.  The second annual Festival in 2009 grew to over 120 events held throughout the Meatpacking District and beyond. Festival events ranged from extravagant walk-around tastings like the Burger Bash, SWEET, and the Grand Tasting, to culinary demonstrations and educational wine and food pairing seminars led by the industry's biggest names, to kids-oriented interactive cooking experiences and, local events incorporating the businesses in the host area, the Meatpacking District.

The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is the only festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America's most beloved television chefs. Mirroring the charitable component of its sister event, the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine, 100 percent of the net proceeds from the New York City festival directly benefit the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength.
 
Taking place primarily in the fashionable Meatpacking District and select landmark settings such as the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, the festival seamlessly integrates into the pace and lifestyle of the city. This year's chefs and culinary personalities include Dan Barber, Daniel Boulud, Alton Brown, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Giada De Laurentiis, Masaharu Morimoto, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart, and Ming Tsai, to name just a few.  Winemakers and cocktail experts including the likes of Alessia Antinori, Anthony Giglio, Ray Isle, Mark Oldman, Andrea Robinson, Josh Wesson and the Tippling Brothers, leading a journey through an extensive array of wine and spirits from the Southern Wine & Spirits of New York portfolio.
 
The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is produced by Karlitz & Company and Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, the Exclusive Provider of Wines and Spirits for the Festival."

For more information and to purchase tickets visit their official website here.

(Reference and Photo Credit: NYC wine and food festival.com)

 

Cornucopia: Whistler's Celebration of Wine and Food

Sep 7, 2010

Situated in beautiful Whistler BC, Cornucopia's Wine and Food Festival is one of the largest and most celebrated festivals in Canada. The festival runs from November 11-14th and is a fabulous weekend filled with wine, food and fun.

Situated in beautiful Whistler BC, Cornucopia's Wine and Food Festival is one of the largest and most celebrated festivals in Canada. The festival runs from November 11-14th and is a fabulous weekend filled with wine, food and fun.

"Cornucopia is Whistler's premier wine and food extravaganza. The annual event is a unique opportunity to mingle, mix and learn from acclaimed chefs, sommeliers, vintners and restaurateurs’ visiting Whistler or Whistler locals. Featuring a sumptuous variety of hands-on seminars, fascinating winemaker dinners, gala tasting events and sizzling after-parties, Cornucopia offers something for both the experienced gourmet and those seeking to better appreciate the epicurean delights of wine and food.

Now celebrating its fourteenth year as one of Whistler's most popular signature events, Cornucopia returns for 2010 with another spectacular line up of succulent culinary offerings and glamorous grape galas.

Cornucopia's Crush Gala Grand Tasting, a festival highlight, will be presented on Friday, November 12th and on Saturday, November 13th to accommodate the high demand for tickets to the event!"

Tickets are currently on sale and they sell out fast. For more information on the events and to purchase tickets, go to their official website.

(Photo Credit and references from Whister Cornucopia.com)

 

Creative Uses For Recycling Wine Corks

Aug 20, 2010

 

 

Any wine enthusiast is likely to have an overabundance of wine corks. Did you know there are many ways in which to reuse your corks? All it takes is a little time, a few tools and a bit of creativity in order to create a number of home made cork accessories. Rather than throwing your corks away, why not try some of these projects?

 

  • Store your reminders on this fabulous cork board.
  • In need of a new bath mat by any chance? Look no further.
  • It's never too early to get started on those holiday wreaths.
  • Weddings are expensive enough. Save some money with cork place card holders.
  • Perhaps you're in the market for some new coasters? These wine cork coasters are perfect for holding your wine glasses.
  • If you're in the midst of a home renovation project, cork baseboards are a super chic option.
  • The garden can also benefit from cork as a moisture retaining mulch. Simply, chop or grind your used corks and sprinkle over your garden.
  • If you happen to have a few thousand corks at your disposal and plenty of time on your hands, check out the chair Gabriel Wiese made of corks
  • And if you're feeling especially ambitious, you may want to consider following the lead of one homeowner who covered his entire house in wine corks. Dedication at its finest.

Whatever your style or craft level, anything we can do to be a little more eco-friendly, small or large, all while getting to enjoy our favorite wine is naturally a win-win situation. 

(Photo Credit: Factory Direct Craft Blog)

 

Introducing our first World Vineyard Seasonal Release

Aug 11, 2010

This year Just Fine Wineand Winexpert are pleased to announce our first value brand limited time offering.

This year Just Fine Wineand Winexpert are pleased to announce our first value brand limited time offering.

Announcing…

World Vineyard Chilean Carmenère/Malbec

&

World Vineyard Argentine Chardonnay/Torrontes

 

 

World Vineyard Chilean Carmenère/Malbec

Chile’s signature grape, Carmenère brings dark cherry, chocolate and tobacco, while Malbec gives black fruits, red berries, spice and great structure, all leading to a lush toasty-smoky finish.

Drink with grilled beef, pizza, or dark chocolate.

Sweetness Code: 0 (Dry) | Oak Intensity: Medium | Body: Medium

 

Argentine Chardonnay/Torrontes

World Vineyard Argentine Chardonnay/Torrontes

Argentina’s greatest white grape, Torrontes has enticing aromas of peach and orange blossoms, citrus and white fruit, complementing Chardonnay’s tropical fruit and green apple notes to a mouth-filling finish.

Perfectly balanced for food or casual sipping, serve with seafood, grilled pork, pasta in cream sauces or ratatouille.

Sweetness Code: 0 (Dry) | Oak Intensity: None | Body: Medium

 

These seasonal releases yield 23L (approximately thirty bottles of finished product). There will be only a limited quantity of each of these varieties produced; once they’re gone, they’re gone. The wine kits will be available to order beginning September 7, 2010 at a price of $135 (on-premise).

To read more about these exciting Limited Edition wines CLICK HERE.

 

From France's Beaujolais Region, Le Gamay Nouveau est Arrive!

Jul 14, 2010

Exciting new products just keep coming here at Just Fine Wine! On the heels of the Seasonal Spéciale Releases, we are happy to also introduce, for a limited time only, French Gamay Nouveau!  Made with Gamay grapes sourced directly from France’s Beaujolais region, Winexpert’s Gamay Nouveau is a departure from the usual recommendation of waiting three months or longer before opening the first bottle. It will improve with time; however, "trunk aging" is all you really need with this wine.

Exciting new products just keep coming here at Just Fine Wine! On the heels of the Seasonal Spéciale Releases, we are happy to also introduce, for a limited time only, French Gamay Nouveau!  Made with Gamay grapes sourced directly from France’s Beaujolais region, Winexpert’s Gamay Nouveau is a departure from the usual recommendation of waiting three months or longer before opening the first bottle. It will improve with time; however, "trunk aging" is all you really need with this wine.

Selection International French Gamay Nouveau will yield 23L (approximately 30 Bottles) of finished product and is available by pre-order only. Deadline for pre-orders is August 3rd, 2010 (no deposit required). The price is $175 (on-premise) and the product release date will be September 7, 2010.

 

CLICK HERE to read more about the Beaujolais Festival in France which occurs on the third Thursday of November each year.

CLICK HEREto find out some tips to host your own French Gamay Nouveau party!

French Gamay Nouveau

 

An A-Z Glossary of Wine Type Pronunciation

Jul 13, 2010

Unless you speak a wide variety of languages, it's not surprising that some of us have struggled with the pronunciation of a Gewürztraminer or Spätlese. Thankfully Inter Wine came to the rescue with this A-Z glossary of the pronunciation of wines of the world:

Unless you speak a wide variety of languages, it's not surprising that some of us have struggled with the pronunciation of a Gewürztraminer or Spätlese. Thankfully Inter Wine came to the rescue with this A-Z glossary of the pronunciation of wines of the world:

WinePronunciation
AmaroneAh-ma-ROH-nay
AmontilladoAh-mone-tee-YAH-doe
BarbarescoBar-bar-ESS-coh
BarberaBar-BEAR-ah
BaroloBar-OH-lo
BeaujolaisBo-jho-LAY
Beaujolais NouveauBo-jho-LAY New-VOH
Beaujolais-VillagesBo-jho-LAY Vih-lahzh
BeauneBone
Blanc de BlancsBlahN du BlahN
BordeauxBore-DOH
BourgogneBoor-GON-yeh
Brunello Di MontalcinoBrew-NELL-oh dee Mon-tahl-CHEE-no
BrutBroot
BurgundyBURR-gun-dee
Cabernet FrancCab-air-nay FrahN
Cabernet SauvignonCab-air-nay So-veen-yawN
CaveCahv
ChablisSha-BLEE
ChampagneSham-pane
ChardonnayShar-doe-NAY
Chateauneuf-du-PapeShah-toe-nuff-duh pahp
Chenin BlancShay-naN BlaN
Chiantikey-AHN-tee
Chianti ClassicoKey-AHN-tee Class-ee-ko
Chianti Classico RiservaKey-AHN-tee Class-ee-ko Re-ser-va
Cinsaut/ CinsaultSaN-so
ColheitaKohl-AY-ta
ColombardCole-um-bar
CosechaKoh-SAY-cha
Côte RôtieCoat Row-tee
Côte de NuitsCoat duh Nwee
Côtes-du-RhôneCoat duh Rone
CrianzaCree-AHN-za
CruCrew
CuvéeCoo-vay
Demi-secDeh-mee-seck
DolcettoDohl-CHET-toh
EisweinICE-wine
FinoFEE-noh
Fumé BlancFOO-may- BlahN
GamayGam-may
GarnachaGar-NAH-cha
GewürztraminerGeh-VERTZ-trah-mee-nur
GrenacheGren-AHSH
JerezHair-eth
KabinettKah-bee-NET
LanguedocLahn-geh-dawk
LoireLwahr
MâconMah-coN
ManzanillaMahn-than-NEE-ya
MargauxMahr-goe
MeritageMARE-eh-tedge
MerlotMer-low
MeursaultMuhr-soe
MontrachetMon-rah shay
MusignyMoo-see-nyee
NebbioloNay-BYOH-low
PauillacPaw-yack
Petite SirahPeh-TEET Sih-RAH
PiemontePee-eh-MAWN-tay
Pinot BlancPee-noe BlahN
Pinot GrigioPee-noe Gree-joe
Pinot GrisPee-noe GREE
Pinot MeunierPee-noe Mehr-n'yay
Pinot NoirPee-noe Nwahr
Pouilly-FuisséPoo-yee Fwee-SAY
Pouilly-FuméPoo-yee Foo-MAY
Puligny-MontrachetPoo-lee-nyee mon-rah-shay
RieslingREES-ling
RiojaRee-OH-ha
Saint-EmilionSan'Tay-meel-yon
SancerreSahn-sair
SauternesSaw-tairn
SangioveseSan-geeo-VEHS-eh
Sauvignon BlancSO-vin-yon Blahnk
SémillonSeh-mee-yohn
ShirazSHEER-oz
SoaveSo-ah-vay
SyrahSih-RAH
SpätleseSHPATE-lay-zuh
TempranilloTemp-rah-NEE-yoh
TrebbianoTreb-bee-AH-no
TrockenbeerenausleseTROCK-en-BEHR-en-OWS-lay-zeh
ValpolicellaVal-poh-lee-t'chell-ah
VerdicchioVehr-dee-kee-oh
Vinho VerdeVeen-yoh vair-day

 

 

Cooling Off With Wine Slushes

Jul 13, 2010

It has been one hot Summer. Whether you're on the East Coast or the West, trying to beat the heat has been fleeting, to say the least. Thankfully Kelly Magyarics, wine writer and wine educator, has the perfect solution for staying cool. Wine slushes anyone?

It has been one hot Summer. Whether you're on the East Coast or the West, trying to beat the heat has been fleeting, to say the least. Thankfully Kelly Magyarics, wine writer and wine educator, has the perfect solution for staying cool. Wine slushes anyone?

Kelly writes: "Frozen wine slushes are hot. An appealing alternative to sangria or a wine spritzer, they are surprisingly refreshing, and retain the wine's character while adding and enhancing its attractive fruit flavors. Thirst quenching, not cloying, wine slushes are the perfect way for wine lovers to indulge their taste this summer while lounging by the pool or relaxing on the deck.

The most inviting wine slushes usually start with a dry, yet fruity white or red wine. (Some smart choices are Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Rioja, or Merlot.) Add a combination of fruit juice and/or fresh fruit, blend until smooth, and freeze until the desired consistency. (The alcohol in the wine will prevent the mixture from totally freezing solid). For a smoother, quicker result, pour the blended mixture into an electric ice cream maker and process until slushy. Serve in colorful tumblers or Margarita glasses."

For some of Kelly's recommendations for delicious wine slush recipes, CLICK HERE

 

(Article adapted from Wine Enthusiast by Kelly Magyarics. Photo Credit: Supple Wine.com)