Food + Wine Tips

A Guide to Rich White Wine and Food Pairings

Rich white wines are one of my personal favorites. Chardonnay is the most commonly known wine in this category, and it is so versatile mainly because there are several types of Chardonnay, with the main two types being Unoaked and Oaked. With Unoaked Chardonnay, you will taste more crisp, citrus flavors, and with Oaked Chardonnay, you will notice creamier buttery flavors.

Foods to pair with Unoaked Chardonnay include almost all light seafood dishes, soft cheeses, and fresh salads (next time you have a craving for chicken salad, you should try an Unoaked Chardonnay with it.)

When it comes to pairing foods with Oaked Chardonnay. Think FAT. Creamy sauce? Yes. Buttery dish? Yes. Are you going to need to go for a jog after this meal? Then yes, it likely pairs well with Oaked Chardonnay. Since you typically serve richer kinds of seafood like Lobster, Crab, and Scallops with butter, they are a great match with Oaked Chardonnay. Try it with creamy soup, creamy pasta, risotto, salmon, poultry...the list goes on! Cheers and Bon Appétit!

A Guide to Dessert Wine and Food Pairings

Let's talk about Dessert Wines. Ports, Sherries, Ice Wine, and Madeira are mostly served at the end of your meal with a rich, decadent dessert. And for a good reason. These rich, sweet wines are a perfect match for your succulent desserts that sometimes involve hard-to-match foods such as chocolate and caramel.

Desserts, however, are not the only thing you can serve with these wines. Other foods that pair well with Ports are proteins commonly served with sweet sauces featuring red fruits such as Venison, Veal, and Duck. And surprisingly, although opposites when it comes to flavor profiles, salty cheese, olives, and pickles complement rich, sweet ports nicely. So next time you're indulging in a cheese plate, switch up your wine and check out what it does to your palate.

When serving port to your guests, unless you own specific Port Wine Glasses, the wine is enjoyed ideally in a traditional white wine glass which can easily be cleaned with The Wine Brush.

A Guide to Sweet White Wine and Food Pairings

I am not a huge sweet wine fan. I'm about as excited to drink sweet wine as I would be to drink my wine out of a plastic cup, and we all know that doesn't happen since there's this thing called The Wine Brush to clean my wine glasses. That being said, some foods just beg for the sweetness of wines like Moscato, Riesling, and Gewürtztraminer.

When it comes to these wines, you really just need to think in one of two directions. Either opposites attract or keep your food's flavor profiles sweet...just not as sweet as your wine.

As for the opposites, think sweet and spicy, which is why this type of wine pairs wonderfully with Asian, Indian, Moroccan, and Thai Cuisine. My mother-in-law, who is Chinese, loves her sweet wines. I always thought it was because of her sweet tooth, but, it turns out, it may be because the contrast between the sweetness of the wine and the heat in the incredible Chinese food she prepares is delightful. This is also the reason this wine pairs nicely with...

A guide to Rosé Wine and Food Pairings

Let's start with how Rosé should be served - chilled and in a proper wine glass (which means it should have a stem), but that's no problem because I'm sure you have The Wine Brush to clean your wine glasses.

Now, when it comes to pairing wine with food, Rosé is frequently overlooked, but it shouldn't be. You may have noticed it is pretty common to serve Rosé with your appetizers, and that is because it is known to pair well with creamy cheeses, smoked meats, various nuts, and olives, all of which are frequently found on a charcuterie board. It also is a lovely pairing with a Nicoise Salad or a Caprese Salad.

There are a few things you won't want to eat with your "pink wine," such as heavy red meat and overly rich foods but aside from that, bring it on. Poultry? Yes. Lobster? Duh. Salmon? Hell Yeah!

This is also one of the best wines to serve with foods from around the world. Indian Curry, Moroccan Food, Thai Fare, and Mexican Cuisine are all great pairings for Rosé. Do you ever order Sweet and Sour Chicken...

Sparkling Wine and Food Pairings

Ok, so unless you have been living under a rock, I am sure you have seen Pretty Woman, even if it was before your time (I was 8 when it was released). If you haven't, get your favorite bottle of Bubbly and watch it ASAP, and then you can continue reading this educational blog post.

Now that we have established that everyone reading this has, in fact, seen Pretty Woman, let me start again. We all know the scene in the movie when Richard Gere offers Julia Roberts a strawberry to eat with her glass of Champagne. When she asks him why he says it brings out the flavor in the Champagne. He isn't wrong, which is why Champagne and Strawberries are a classic wine pairing. Other foods traditionally paired with Sparkling Wines include oysters, caviar, almost all fish, and light soft cheeses.

What you may not have known is that Sparkling Wine is much more versatile than you would think. Let's start with some food pairings that are not overly obvious but seem somewhat reasonable when you think about them. If you're trying out a Bubbly that's on the sweeter side,...

How Long Wine Lasts Once the Bottle is Open

If you are an avid wine drinker, there is a chance that this question is irrelevant to you. Maybe every bottle of wine you open you fully intend on finishing within three days (or three hours...we're not here to judge). But, if you enjoy only the occasional small glass of wine, you need to take note because if you pour yourself a nice glass of Cabernet after it's been open a week, then be prepared to drink vinegar.

This chart offers a range in which typical wines stay fresh. Keep in mind the longer it's open, the more it will oxidize. All of the wines need to be kept cool. The refrigerator is a great place to store your open wines to keep them fresh, even reds! My grandpa swore by it (although I can't imagine a bottle of red wine lasting longer than two days in that house). The trickiest wine of all is Sparkling Wine. Not only does an open bottle oxidize, but it will also start to lose its bubbles, and what good is bubbly without the bubbles? There are specific wine stoppers for sparkling wine that will help keep the bubbles fresh, but my recommendation would be to save the...

Wine and Cheese

Wine and cheese are one of life's great pairings. It's so great there is an actual holiday to celebrate its union. Ok, maybe not a Federal, you don't have to work type of a holiday but the kind of holiday that say's, "It's ok to have just wine and cheese for dinner." That sounds like a perfect evening!

Now before you whip out your fresh mozzarella and start munching on it with a big, bold glass of Cabernet, let's discuss a few guidelines on getting the most out of your wine & cheese dinner.

First of all, as the saying goes for most food and wine pairings, "if it grows together, it goes together." In other words, cheese and wine with the same origins are likely to pair well. Next, you do not want one flavor profile to dominate another. A bold, tannic wine will overpower mild cheeses, so keep your soft, fresh cheeses paired with lighter wines. If you like strong, full-bodied reds, you will want to stick with sharp, aged, hard cheeses. Creamy cheeses like brie are a delicious compliment to sparkling wines, and opposites attract when you pair a port with moldy blue...

BBQ and Wine

It's National BBQ month so let’s break down some simple tips for grilling and wine!

If you are having a spread with a wide array of food, then look no further than Sparkling Wine and Rosé. Served chilled, these two wines are the most versatile wines for grilling out. Look for sparkling wines like Cava and Prosecco to pair with seafood, vegetables, and even grilled chicken (without heavy BBQ sauce). Rosé can handle all those pairings but can also work with beef and pork. For the heavier dishes, look to your bolder South American or Spanish Rosé.

As always with white wines, they pair great with seafood and chicken. The lighter the fare (flaky white fish, shrimp, oysters), the lighter your wine should be. Chardonnay is great with grilled chicken and richer seafood like lobster, scallops, and tuna. Turn to your Pinot Grigio if you are grilling out fruit for a sweet grilled meal. And if you are someone who prefers a sweet wine like Riesling, you can pair that with grilled chicken and fish as well (if it has spice then that’s even better!)

Pinot Noir is probably the...