I don’t know about you, but I have a thing about Italian food and wine. More so than with other countries and their wines, I just have to have Italian reds when I cook Italian-inspired dishes.
White wines pair beautifully with cheese. Liz Thorpe, author of ”The Book of Cheese,” says serving oaky Chardonnay with creamy havarti is “crowd-friendly cheese and wine 101.” The Kitchn swears by floral Gewürztraminer with gooey, pungent morbier. And Loire Valley chèvre is “perfect” with local Pouilly Fumé and other Sauvignon Blancs. Yet the French, masters […]
With its robust immigrant communities and booming dining scene, a city like Seattle owes its residents a thoughtful wine list at all its restaurants. At least that’s how Suzi An sees it. An is proprietor of Vita Uva, the first wine shop focused on natural and minimal-intervention wines in Seattle’s International District. The 65-square-foot retail […]
Chinese food has a reputation. And, like many reputations, it’s pretty unfair. Most Americans are under the misconception that Chinese fare is not especially wine-friendly. Even though the Chinese are now the world’s largest consumers of Bordeaux, and Chinese fine dining is ascendant across the U.S., many diners can’t shake the illusion that the only […]
We’re never gonna tell you not to eat cheese with your wine. That we can solemnly swear. However, if you’re a beer drinker, beer and cheese pairings are very much worth your time. Think about it — beer is grain-based and effervescent, so putting it with cheese can be an easier, more balanced path to […]
Is it spring yet? Whether the start of April brings you warm temperatures and sunny skies, or yet another snowfall from a cold snap that just won’t quit, take heart. We’ve got your drink pairing for your April horoscope right here, brightening up whatever is out your window and in your glass. Aries: Rum Punch […]
Pairing burgers with wine surpasses high-low gimmickry. The humble patty is currently in its prime (pun absolutely intended), as chefs elevate black-bean burgers, bacon-topped behemoths, and everything in between with carefully chosen ingredients and housemade condiments. Sean Brock, the James Beard Award-winning chef in Charleston, S.C., is at the forefront of the gourmet burger movement. […]
If pairing doughnuts and beer is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Like craft beer, doughnuts are experiencing a 21st-century American renaissance. Gourmet iterations from chefs like Wylie Dufresne, and in flavors like passion fruit with cacao nibs, happily coexist with coffee-shop classics ideally consumed straight from the bag.
Whether you’re struggling to identify the ingredients in your Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast, or reveling in a $45 plate of slow-roasted carrots enigmatically named “Symphony,” dining out has its challenges, especially when it comes to navigating the wine list. It’s not your fault. Too many restaurant wine lists read like a tax attorney wrote a […]