Day: November 20, 2019

An Easy Guide to Food And Wine Pairing

There are no hard and fast rules in pairing food and wine. Nevertheless, it’s easy to get confused about how to create the perfect pairing of food elements with certain wine flavor notes. This easy guide to food and wine pairing will not only give you great wine like those you can purchase online from Sokolin.com, but we’ll give you a host of items that pair beautifully with it.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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This wine is one of the most popular in the United States for its bold fruity and tannin flavors. It pairs well with very heavy and filling meals, but there is also a much lighter side that goes excellently with cheeses.

  • Fruits and Vegetables – tomato, black cherries, broccoli
  • Cheese and Nuts – walnuts, Gorgonzola, cheddar
  • Desserts – bittersweet chocolate
  • Herbs and Spices – juniper, rosemary, lavender
  • Meat and Poultry – beef stew, rib eye
  • Sauces – tomato, brown
  • Seafood – grilled ahi tuna

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Chardonnay

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Chardonnay comes in several styles, and each style pairs differently with food. However, this wine features a sensual body and decadents that stands up to most flavor combinations and dishes where other wines may not. It has excellent acidity, and this helps cut through richer dishes.

  • Fruits and Vegetables – Mango, squash, apple, potato
  • Cheese and Nuts – Unoaked Chardonnay goes best with semi-soft and mild cheeses, Oaky Chardonnay goes well with Havarti, Asiago, or Stilton. Both go well with almost all toasted nuts and almonds
  • Desserts – Vanilla pudding, banana bread
  • Herbs and Spices – sesame, tarragon, basil
  • Meat and Poultry – Chicken, veal, pork
  • Sauces – pesto, cream sauces
  • Seafood – crab, shrimp, lobster

Riesling

In the United States, Riesling is an extremely sweet wine, but European Riesling is minimally sweet. It has an excellent balance of sweetness and acidity that makes it great for food and wine pairings. It does wonderfully at balancing out spicy foods as well.

  • Fruits and Vegetables – Chili peppers, apricots, pears
  • Cheese and Nuts – Gouda, Havarti, candied pecans or walnuts
  • Desserts – Caramel sauce, apple pie
  • Herbs and Spices – ginger, rosemary, Indian or Thai spices
  • Meat and Poultry – Duck, smoked sausage Foie Gras
  • Sauces – Chutney, BBQ, spicy
  • Seafood – Trout, sea bass

Pinot Noir

This odd wine can have some truly bizarre combinations that seem to work very well. You can find cherry listed alongside mushroom or “forest floor” flavors and get a wonderfully fragrant and tasty wine. It’s a lighter body wine that can withstand some meat dishes.

  • Fruits and Vegetables – Figs, mushrooms, dried fruits, strawberries
  • Cheese and Nuts – Brie, goat cheese, walnuts
  • Desserts – white chocolate, creme brulee
  • Herbs and Spices – Nutmeg, cinnamon, truffle, clove
  • Meat and Poultry – Sausage, lamb, chicken, filet mignon
  • Sauces – light to medium red sauce, mushroom sauce
  • Seafood – Salmon, ahi tuna

Sauvignon Blanc

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This lighter, crisp white wine has a very high acidity level with a lot of citrus notes. It’s excellent for pairing with lighter but flavorful dishes. The wine’s herbaceous taste can enhance any herbs in the dish as well. This makes it a popular dinner wine.

  • Fruits and Vegetables – Green apple, citrus, asparagus
  • Cheese and Nuts – Goat cheese, feta, pine nuts
  • Desserts – Key lime pie, sorbet, mango, meringue
  • Herbs and Spices – Tarragon, chives, cilantro
  • Meat and Poultry – Turkey, chicken, pork
  • Sauces – Light cream sauces, citrus sauces
  • Seafood – Oysters, shrimp, lobster, sushi, fatty white fish

Merlot

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Although Merlot’s popularity has gone down in recent years, it’s a staple in the wine industry. You’ll get berry and grape flavoring with a beautiful eucalyptus note. You can use this note to play of elements of your dish.

  • Fruits and Vegetables – Tomatoes, caramelized onions, plums
  • Cheese and Nuts – Pecorino-Romano, Parmesan, walnuts, chestnuts
  • Desserts – Berries, dark chocolate, fondue
  • Herbs and Spices – Juniper, rosemary, mint
  • Meat and Poultry – Steak, grilled meat
  • Sauces – Bearnaise, bolognese
  • Seafood – Ahi tuna, grilled meatier fish

Syrah

Syrah is very difficult to pin down, but it’s popular around the world. One of the biggest selling points is that it have a very smooth but peppery finish. There are usually enough fruit notes to balance the spice, and it goes great with a variety of herbs.

  • Fruits and Vegetables – Stewed tomatoes, currants, beets
  • Cheese and Nuts – Roquefort, sharp cheddar, walnuts, hazelnuts
  • Desserts – Rhubarb pie, black forest cake, coffee-based desserts
  • Herbs and Spices – Sage, oregano
  • Meat and Poultry – Pepperoni, roasted meat, braised pork shoulder, spicy sausage
  • Sauces – Heavy red sauces, BBQ
  • Seafood Salmon, ahi tuna

See Also: 5 Best Wine Regions To Visit Before You Die

With this guide to food and wine pairing, you should now be confident enough to create some truly fantastic dishes. Experiment, mix and match, and find your new go-to food and wine pairing!

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Jimmy Kimmel tricks Trump fans into declaring their support for… Richard Nixon

Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! took to the streets to ask Trump supporters whether they felt the U.S. president should be impeached for his controversial actions. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t, disagreeing across the board.

However, the facts put to the public weren’t actually about Donald Trump. Instead, they were very clear and obvious references to Richard Nixon. You know, that other U.S. president who also faced impeachment for doing crimes. The one who gave us the suffix “-gate” for every public scandal since the ’70s. The one who resigned rather than drag everyone through further mud-slinging and suffering. Read more…

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Volkswagen’s new all-electric concept wagon could be coming to the U.S. by 2022

Volkswagen revealed Tuesday evening a new concept vehicle called the ID Space Vizzion, and despite the crazy Frank Zappaesque name, this one might actually make it into production in Europe and North America.

The ID Space Vizzion is the seventh concept that VW has introduced since 2016 that uses its MEB platform, a flexible modular system — really a matrix of common parts — for producing electric vehicles that VW says make it more efficient and cost-effective.

The first vehicles to use this MEB platform will be under the ID brand, although this platform can and will be used for electric vehicles under other VW Group brands such as Skoda and Seat. The ID.3 is the first model in its new all-electric ID brand and the beginning of the automaker’s ambitious plan to sell 1 million EVs annually by 2025. A production version of the ID. 3 was unveiled in September.

The ID Space Vizzion is equipped with a rear-mounted 275-horsepower motor and a 82 kilowatt-hour battery pack with a range of up to 300 miles under the EU’s WLTP cycle. A second motor can be added to give it all-wheel drive capability and a total output of 355 horsepower.

This concept will likely be described in a number of ways — and during the event at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles it was — but this is a wagon through and through.

What the ID. Space Vizzion will ultimately look like is unclear although much of the shape and overall stance shown Tuesday evening. But Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen of America, did say in his closing remarks that something like the concept shown tonight will come to the U.S.