#winePW 10 Twitter Chat Questions

The 10th Wine Pairing Weekend event ties into another special wine event–Open That Bottle Night. For more on the backstory on #OTBN and what we are up to with this #winePW event, check out the event invite post on Cooking Chat.

We will be holding a live Twitter Chat in conjunction with the event this Saturday 9/13, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Please join us! Simply share tweets with our hashtag, #winePW and follow that stream. We do also have a Twubs page setup as a handy way to view the Chat and automatically add the hashtag. Be sure to check out the great pairings the participating bloggers come up with! You can find links to all the tasty posts at the bottom of my post on Cooking Chat. I will be hosting this event from my @winePW Twitter handle, and will also be chiming in from@cookingchat.

Q1) Where are you tweeting from?

Q2) Have you participated in #OTBN before? #winePW

Q3) Do you tend to put wines down for a long time? #winePW

Q4) What’s the longest a wine has lasted in your cellar? #winePW

Q5) How did you choose your bottle for #OTBN? #winePW

Q6) What #wine did you choose? How was it? Live up to expectations? #winePW

Q7) What food did you serve with your special bottle? How was the pairing? #winePW

Q8) Did you participate in an #OTBN gathering, or was it a quiet meal at home? #winePW

Q9) Do you have anything special on hand that might last until next #OTBN? #winePW

Q10) Anything else to share about #OTBN? Thoughts on special #wine & food pairings? #winePW

We hope you enjoy this chat and consider joining us in April to to chat about wine pairings for early spring vegetables, hosted by A Day in the Life on the Farm  “Fall Fruits and Wine Pairings”, hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Wine Pairing Weekend is held the second Saturday of the month, so we’re up next on April 11.  For general questions or ideas about Wine Pairing Weekend, email winepairingweekend AT gmail.com.

New Year’s Wine Resolutions: #winePW 8 Roundup

For our January Wine Pairing Weekend event, Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva had us share our New Year’s Wine Resolutions. Here’s a roundup of the tasty results!

Sue from It’s Okay to Eat the Cupcake is pairing “Fiery Red & Icy White”.

Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla has Argentina on her mind and is sharing “Empanadas Mendocinas + ’10 La Posta del Vi natero Malbec”.

Cindy of Grape Experience suggests starting the year with “Wine & Dine: Fontana Candida Terre de Grife 2012 Frascati & Slow Cooker Artichoke Dip”.

Shaina of Take A Bite Out of Boca is offering “Herb Marinated Mushrooms with Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile”.

William of Wild For Washington Wine is giving us “ A Resolution for Greek Wine, A Recipe for Avogolemeno”.

Martin from Enoflyz Wine Blog is shaking things up with “Skillet Kale Pesto & Seitan Pizza with Querceto Chianti Classico”

Jade from Tasting Pour is pairing “Halter Ranch Cotes de Paso and Duck Breasts with Cherry Hazelnut Compote”.

Sarah that Curious Cuisiniere brings us “Chicken Cacciatore & Washington Merlot”.

Wendy from A Day on the Life of the Farm has a “New Year’s Wine Resolution of Prime Rib Roast with 2010 Cotes de Bourg”.

David of Cooking Chat is going Greek with “Greek Lamb Stew & Wine Pairing”.

Jennifer from Vino Travels it taking us to Puglia and sharing “Typical Dishes and Wine Pairings from Puglia”.

Jeff from food wine click is focusing on “Wine & Food Resolution 2015: Italy Deep Dive”.

Michelle from Rockin Red Blog will be tempting us “My 2015 Wine Resolution: Diversity!

Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva, is focusing on the “Rhone Rangers & Paul Bocuse”.

Sparkling Wine and Appetizer Pairings #winePW 7 Roundup

Sparkling wine and appetizer pairings was the focus of the December Wine Pairing WeekendTo get ready for the holiday season, the December Wine Pairing Weekend focused on sparkling wine and appetizer pairings. Thanks to Jeff from foodwineclick for hosting us!

Sparkling Wine and Appetizer Pairings
Here are the ideas available from our group for you. Try something new this year!

Bacon and Greens Dip with Bubbly by Cooking Chat
Piedmont Sparkling Nebbiolo & Pungent Anchovy Green Sauce by foodwineclick
Segura Viudas Aria Cava with Oysters and Spanish Tapas by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Butterflied Spicy Prawns and Treveri Sparkling Wine by Wild 4 Washington Wine
A Seasonal Nibbles Duet + Pear Valley Vineyard’s Frizzante Muscat by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Appetizers served with a Sparkling Wine by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Cranberry Brie Biscuit Bites and Sparkling Muscat by Curious Cuisiniere
Moscato with Fresh Fruit Almond Cake and Zabaglione by Vino Travels — An Italian Wine Blog
Domaine Meriwether Sparkling Wine and Make Ahead Spanakopita by Tasting Pour
Wine and Dine: Anna de Cordoniu Brut NV and Herbed Parmesan Crisps by Grape Experiences
Italian Sparkling Wine: Bubbly & Bacon #winePW by Girls Gotta Drink
The Holidays Sparkle on #WinePW by Rockin Red Blog
Butternut and Bubbly
by It’s Okay to Eat the Cupcake
Smoked Salmon and Potato Chip Appetizer with Louis Roederer Champagne by ENOFYLZ

Be sure to mark your calendars for January’s Wine Pairing Weekend, hosted by Christy at Confessions of a Culinary Diva. We’ll be sharing “New Wine Resolutions – Wine or Region you want to explore in 2015. Join in the #WinePW 8 conversation on Saturday January 10!

Wine Pairing Weekend Event Schedule

Pasta and red wine, from page providing the Wine Pairing Weekend Event Schedule. #winePWThrough the monthly Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW) event on the second Saturday of each month, bloggers share about food and wine pairings related to the monthly theme. These bloggers and all others interested in the topic also participate in a live Twitter chat at 11 a.m. ET via the #winePW hashtag. The Wine Pairing Weekend event schedule below is a handy overview of upcoming events and past events, with links to the theme for the month described by the host, and links to the roundup so you can see what the bloggers came up with for the theme.

Upcoming events

It’s All About Romance on February 14, 2015, #winePW 9, hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Open That Bottle Night (OTBN) Pairings on March 14, 2015, #winePW 10, hosted by Cooking Chat.  *Note OTBN is on February 28. On the 3/14 #winePW day, we’ll share about what we opened and paired with it.

Past events

New Year’s Wine Resolutions on January 10, 2015 #winePW 8 hosted by Confessions of a Culinary Diva

Sparkling Wines and Hors D’oeuvres on December 13, 2014 #winePW 7, hosted by foodwineclick

Creative Thanksgiving Food and Wine Pairings November 2014 #winePW 6, hosted by Curious Cuisiniere, links to blogger pairings here

Fall Fruit and Wine Pairings October 2014 #winePW 5, hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla, links to blogger pairings here

Regional Food and Wine Pairings September 2014 #winePW 4, hosted by Cooking Chat, links to blogger pairings here

Wine for Summer’s Bounty August 2014 #winePW 3, hosted by Cooking Chat, links to blogger pairings here

Refreshing Summer Wine Pairings July 2014 #winePW 2, hosted by Cooking Chat, links to blogger pairings here

Wine Pairings for Grilled Meat June 2014 #winePW 1, hosted by Cooking Chat


Thanksgiving Wine Picks from #winePW Bloggers

There’s a lot to think about if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner. How long to cook that turkey, what sides will you serve…and how many people are coming exactly? Or if you’re like me, and visiting, the wine you bring will be one of your main contributions. Either way, we are here to help you with your Thanksgiving wine picks!

Each month, Wine Pairing Weekend bloggers share wine pairings based on different themes. We’re a group that thinks a lot about great combinations of food and wine. Earlier this month, we shared some creative Thanksgiving food and wine pairings. Now that we are just one week away, we thought we’d ask #winePW about their Thanksgiving wine picks to give you some ideas. Here’s what they had to say:

Pull that Cork: We at Pull That Cork will be spending Thanksgiving Day with friends, wine friends that is. We will be taking a 2006 Michel Loriot Inspiration de saison Extra Brut Champagne. We love our Champagne. Also, for the Pinot Noir lovers in the group we are contributing a 2008 Acacia Pinot Noir. Yes, we love Pinot Noir too! Our friends are cooking, so we know the food will be delicious.

Happy Thanksgiving from Peter and Nancy!

Pull That Cork Thanksgiving Wine Picks

ENOFYLZ Wine Blog: We always open multiple bottles of wine for Thanksgiving. We always have a sparkling wine because they’re so food friendly and it seems to make the gathering more festival. This year that will be a 2003 Roederer Estate L’Ermitage. Other wines we’ll be serving are 2013 Donkey and Goat Stone Crusher Roussane, an orange wine, and the 2011 Onesta Bechthold Cinsault from a 130 year old vineyard! For dessert it will be Warre’s Otima 10 year Tawny Port.

Vino Travels: I can’t say I’m 100% sure what I’ll be drinking for Thanksgiving this year, but I’ll definitely be opening a Finger Lakes Riesling as I make an annual trip there and always enjoy one with my Thanksgiving meal. For reds I’m torn, but possibly an Amarone or one of my VIno Nobile di Montepulciano or Brunello di Montalcino. I save opening these bottles for special occasions and usually holidays.

Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Our family’s Thanksgiving tradition is adventure. I rarely have turkey on my table and this year is no exception. Since we will be feasting in our new-to-us home, I decided that that theme for this year will be: putting down roots. I’ll be serving soup and salads made with root vegetables along with Donkey & Goat’s Roussanne; DeRose’s Négrette will accompany our Fennel-Leek-Orange Osso Buco with Roasted Turnips with Parmesan and Butter Braised Radishes; and we’ll finish with a duo of Halter Ranch wines to go with a Spiced Parsnip Cake and Bittersweet Cremeux with Buddha’s Hand Crème Anglaise.

Rockin Red Blog: Our Thanksgivings are usual quiet events; my parents will join my husband, myself and our teens for a traditional Southern meal with lots of food and pie! A perennial wine favorite at our Thanksgiving table is Trefethen’s Dry Riesling 2012 Oak Knoll District Napa Valley. It is a crisp well balanced wine that really blends all the flavors and textures of Thanksgiving together beautifully. Additionally we like to include a Pinot Noir as another great pairing with the meal. This year’s Pinot Noir selection is Del Dotto Cinghiale Vineyard 2009 Sonoma Coast. Cheers!

Tasting Pour: Tasting Pour believes Oregon Pinot Noir is the perfect pairing for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. If you like this style of wine, it is the way to go. Join us as we explore our cellar and determine the perfect wine for our table. In the process you may determine the perfect wine to make you truly thankful.

Cooking Chat: We will start with a white or perhaps bubbly as we nibble on appetizers. I’ll pick that wine after I decide what appetizer(s) I’m bringing to the feast. I’ve been focused more on which Pinot Noir to bring for the main course featuring turkey. I’m going to start by opening the 2011 Deux Verres Reserve Pinot Noir from Torii Mor in the Willamette Valley, then perhaps move down the coast to the 2012 Taft Street Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. I recently blogged about 10 Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving options if you’d like some more ideas!

Torii Mor Pinot Noir, a good Thanksgiving wine option

Creative Thanksgiving Wine and Food Pairings #winePW 6 Round-up

Turkey with Tempranillo and Sweet Potatoes, one of the featured "Creative Thanksgiving Food and Wine Pairings"

No surprise that Thanksgiving was on our mind for #winePW 6. Our theme was “Creative Thanksgiving Wine and Food Pairings”, and we were ably hosted by Sarah of Curious Cuisiniere. Below please find links to all of the creative pairings that the Wine Pairing Weekend bloggers served!

Creative Thanksgiving-Inspired Dishes and Wine Pairings

Turkey, Tempranillo and Sweet Potatoes by Cooking Chat
Thanksgiving from the Veneto: Turkey, Pomegranate Sauce & Valpolicella by foodwineclick
Norwegian Meatballs by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Shepherds Pie Casserole with Barnard Griffin Syrah Port by Wild 4 Washington Wine
Butternut Squash and Cheddar Bread Pudding and Donkey & Goat Stone Crusher by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Purple Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Lobster + Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Arugula Pear Salad paired with Torrontes from Argentina by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Layered Sweet Potato and Apple Bake with Cranberry Blush by Curious Cuisiniere

Walnut Tart with Sparkling Brachetto d’Acqui by Vino Travels — An Italian Wine Blog
Can we skip to dessert? by Pull That Cork

Don’t Forget Leftovers!
Day After Turkey and Seafood Gumbo by It’s Ok To Eat The Cupcake
Turkey Pot Pie and Boedecker Cellars Chardonnay by Tasting Pour

You can also visit our group Pinterest board to pin some great pairing ideas for later

Be sure to mark your calendars for December’s Wine Pairing Weekend, hosted by Jeff of foodwineclick. Just in time for Holiday parties, we’ll be sharing sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvre pairings. Join in the #WinePW 7 conversation on Saturday Dec. 13!


Pairing for Salmon with Olive Lemon Relish

pairing for salmon with lemon olive relish: 2012 Champalou VouvrayOne of my favorite salmon recipes comes from Barbara Lynch’s cookbook, Stir: Mixing It Up In The Italian Tradition. I follow her pan-seared salmon method just about any time I’m cooking salmon inside as opposed to the grill. But what has me writing here is to discuss a pairing for salmon with olive lemon relish, a very tasty recipe from Stir.

In this preparation, the salmon gets topped with a relish made from olives and lemon. The lemon includes bits of the fruit as well as the juice. Shallots, parsley, honey and white wine vinegar round out the taste. If you don’t have the book you could probably come up with your own version, though I do recommend the cookbook!

I often go for Pinot Noir with salmon, and that can work pretty well with this dish. But I also had a side dish of pasta with dandelion greens, and was thinking a white would offset the bitterness of the greens better than a red. So wound up choosing the 2012 Champalou Vouvray, 100% Chenin Blanc. The wine has a nice, clean crisp taste and a delicate floral bouquet. Definitely a nice pairing for the salmon as well as the dandelion pasta!salmon with lemon olive relish

Steak with Chanterelle Mushrooms and a Cabernet

Steak with Chanterelle Mushrooms and a CabernetI had a bottle of 2012 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon on the wine rack, awaiting the right dish to open it with.  Beef seemed like a natural, and I figured mushrooms would make the pairing even better. The tasty result was this Sirloin Steak with Chanterelle Mushrooms and a Cabernet recipe I posted over on Cooking Chat recently.

This wine is definitely steak-worthy! The Halter Ranch Cab is deep red in the glass. I got eucalyptus on the nose. I tasted blackberry and cherry fruit, along with notes of charcoal. Tannins are well-integrated. It’s approachable now, but I suspected decanting or aging would really make this shine. So I decanted after the first small tasting pour. Just 15 minutes or so in the decanter really help show a nice long finish on the wine.

No surprise that this robust Cab paired nicely with the steak. In addition to standing up to the beef, there was enough nuance to the wine to play well with the subtle flavors of the chanterelle mushrooms. A winning match for sure!

One more note on the wine: this Cab is comprised of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. I’d say the grapes blended in with the Cab add to the depth and complexity. Halter Ranch is a SIP Certified sustainable winery, too. One more reason to grab a bottle! More details on the winery can be found here on their website.

Full disclosure: I received a courtesy sample of this wine from the winery. As always, the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Steak with Chanterelle Mushrooms and a Cabernet from Halter Ranch.

Pumpkin Lasagna with a Halter Ranch Côtes de Paso

pumpkin lasagna with a Halter Ranch Cotes de Paso for #winePW 5

Culinary Camilla photo

Not only did Camilla do a great job hosting the “Fall Fruit and Wine Pairings” for #winePW 5, she came up with a great recipe and pairing for it! I wouldn’t have thought to make a lasagna with pumpkin, but that’s my bad because it sounds and looks great! Then she pairs that Pumpkin Lasagna with a Halter Ranch Côtes de Paso, yum! Here’s a link to the recipe and pairing details on Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

I’ve enjoyed a few different wines from Halter Ranch in Paso Robles, including the Syrah I paired with grilled tuna for the #winePW 4. I’ve got to try their Côtes de Paso blend! I love a Rhone style blend, and in addition to the traditional Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, it has a good bit of Tannat, too. Interesting blend!

Be sure to check out all the other tasty #winePW 5 pairings with fall fruit and wine pairings! Rounded up here. 

#winePW 5 Roundup: Fall Fruit and Wine Pairings

Linguine with Carnival Squash and a Garnacha for #winePW 5The October Wine Pairing Weekend theme was “Fall Fruit and Wine Pairings”, hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Here are the links to all the tasty pairings!


Wine Pairing Weekend #5 Bloggers

Here’s what all of the bloggers have created for the October Wine Pairing Weekend!

On the Menu…


Pumpkin Lasagna with Halter Ranch’s Côtes de Paso by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Squash and Sausage Soup with Pumpkin Cornbread and McKinley Springs 2010 Bombing Range Red by Tasting Pour

Linguine with Roasted Carnival Squash and a Garnacha by Cooking Chat

Pinot Vs. Syrah – Pork Tenderloin with Fig & Apple Sauce by Confessions of a Culinary Diva


Caramelized Almond Apple Upside Down Cake with a Late Harvest Riesling by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Forgotten Fire Late Harvest Riesling and Warm Apple Crisp by Grape Experiences


Wines for a Sweet & Savory Fall Harvest Meal by foodwineclick

Fall Fruit and Wine Pairing by Rockin Red Blog