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Grilled Tuna Paired with a Syrah

grilled tuna paired with a Syrah from Halter Ranch for #winePW 4.Could a Syrah paired with fish work? It sounds like an unorthodox pairing, but I like to try new things! I had a bottle of 2011 Halter Ranch Syrah from Paso Robles that I wanted to use for the September Wine Pairing Weekend event. I’ve enjoyed this before paired with steak, but in the spirit of trying something new, I wondered if grilled tuna paired with a Syrah could work.

There were a few factors that helped make this a good pairing. For starters, a meaty tuna steak is very substantial, matching the body of the Syrah. Then I added some spice to the dish, by serving the tuna with grilled eggplant with spicy peppers. These veggies bridged to the wine nicely, as did the cumin garlic mixture I rubbed onto the tuna steak. Get all the recipe details over on Cooking Chat.

Now, more about that Halter Ranch Syrah. This wine has a big fragrance of violets and forest floor. I got blackberry jam and white pepper taste. I had my initial taste before I started grilling the tuna. By the time we settled down to eat about 10 minutes later, the Syrah had really opened nicely and was showing a lot of finesse on the long finish. This helped it make a nice harmonious pairing with the tuna–plenty of substance for this meaty fish with the spice element to work with the food. A good wine and a nice pairing! In fact, one thing that reminded me to blog about it this morning is I’m making it again for a gourmet get together with friends tonight!

Grilled Tuna with Eggplant and Peppers

#winePW 4 Roundup: Regional Food and Wine Pairings

grilled tuna with peppers and eggplantFor #winePW 4, participating bloggers wrote about “Regional Food and Wine Pairings”. Here are the links to the tasty and creative pairings they came up with on this theme.

Culinary Adventures with Camilla posted “Chuletas de Cordero + Tempranillo

Vino Travels — An Italian Wine Blog shared “Piedmont Pleasures

Grape Experiences is pairing “Avantis Estate Malagousia 2013 and Greek Shrimp

Curious Cuisiniere shared “Cheddar Cranberry Grilled Cheese with Door Peninsula Winery’s Peninsula Red

foodwineclick is sharing “Minnesota Wine at the Midwestern Table

Pull That Cork posted “winePW 4: Sicily

Confessions of a Culinary Diva blogged about “New Mexico: Burgers, Bubbles and Beer

Rockin Red Blog shared about “A Rustic Meal in Valpolicella

Cooking Chat blogged about “A Paso Pairing: Grilled Tuna with Halter Ranch Syrah

You can also visit our group Pinterest board to pin some great pairing ideas for later! Stay tuned for the October Wine Pairing Weekend, which will focus on “Fall Fruits and Wine Pairings” on Saturday, October 11.

Regional Food and Wine Pairings: 9/13 Twitter Chat Questions

Twitter Chat questions posted for Regional Food and Wine Pairings

Sneak peak at Cooking Chat’s pairing!

We are looking forward to the 4th Wine Pairing Weekend event coming up this Saturday, September 13! The September #winePW theme is “Regional Food and Wine Pairings.” 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 get an idea of what they are planning by checking out the preview post over on Cooking Chat. I will be hosting this event from my @winePW Twitter handle, and will also be chiming in from @cookingchat.

This website is being developed in conjunction with the #winePW event. The idea is to roundup some of our favorite food and wine pairings from the #winePW events and other pairing experiments. We hope over time this will become a handy resource for people to get pairing ideas. This site is pretty new, but I’ve been blogging about food and wine for over 5 years and nearly 500 posts over at Cooking Chat!

We have a few questions to guide the #winePW 4 Twitter Chat. Of course, feel free to share anything on the topic of refreshing wine pairings or related themes. When you are responding to a particular question, please start your tweet with the letter “A” followed by the number of the question you are answering.

Q1: Where are you tweeting from?

Q2) Do you have a favorite region that features great local cuisine that pairs very well with the wines from the area?

Q3) Why do you think food and wine from the same region tend to go so well together?

Q4) Have you tried pairing food and wine that are local to you? Tell us about it!

Q5) Have you tried any recipes that are inspired by local wine region cuisine but veer from the traditional preparation methods?

Q6) Have you tried local cuisine while visiting a wine region? Details please!

Q7) What’s the best example a pairing you’ve had that fits our “Regional Food & Wine” pairing theme?

Q8) Any other insights on “Regional Food and Wine Pairings” that hasn’t come up yet?

We hope you enjoy this chat and consider joining us in October to chat about “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 October 11. You can email constantmotioncamilla AT gmail.com if you’d like to do a blog post for the next one. For general questions or ideas about Wine Pairing Weekend, email winepairingweekend AT gmail.com.

Regional Food and Wine Pairings for #winePW 4

regional food and wine pairings is the theme for Wine Pairing Weekend 4

Another Wine Pairing Weekend event is right around the corner! On September 13, we will focus on “Regional Food and Wine Pairings.” I’m looking forward to hearing what my fellow bloggers will come up with showcasing the tasty interplay of food and wine that hail from the same area!

I’m hosting this one via my Cooking Chat blog, and have posted more details over there. Check that out for a bit more about what I’m looking for, but will summarize the basic info for interested participants here:

  • Send an email to tell me you’re in: Include your blog url, Twitter handle, link to your Pinterest profile, and any other social media detail. If you know your blog post title now, include that…but you can send me that a bit closer to the event, I’d like to get a sense of who’s participating and give some shoutouts and links as we go. If you’re a past #winePW blogger, just your post title will do unless you’ve updated any of the other details. The email is winepairingweekend AT gmail.com
  • Send your post title to me by Tuesday, September 9, to be included in the preview post. I will do a preview post shortly after getting the titles, linking to your blogs. Your title should include ” #winePW 4″ (Note: I’d like us all to use the hashtag in the title to make it easier to see the posts getting shared on Twitter).
  • Publish your post between 12:01 a.m-7:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, September 13. You can always schedule your post in advance if you will be tied up around then.
  • Include a link to the other #winePW participants in your post, and a description of what the event is about. I’ll provide the html code you can easily put in your initial post–which will link to people’s general blog url–then updated code for the permanent links to everyone’s #winePW posts.
  • Get social! After the posts go live, please visit your fellow bloggers posts’ to comment and share. I’ll follow-up later with some specific strategies for that social sharing.
  • Sponsored posts OK if clearly disclosed. Please be sure to disclose if your post is sponsored or if you are describing wine or other products for which you have received a free sample.
  • Live #winePW Twitter Chat September 13, 11 a.m. ET: Participating bloggers and others interested in the subject will connect via a live Twitter chat. It’s a nice bring way to bring in others interested in the subject who didn’t get a chance to share a blog post. You can definitely still join the blog event if you’re not available for the live chat.
  • Highlights on WinePairingWeekend.com: Some #winePW participants will be invited to have their posts featured on the Wine Pairing Weekend site. The goal of the site is to create a growing database of great pairings for a wide variety of wines and food. You can let me know in your email with post title if you’re interested in having your post included on the site.
  • Regional wine reps: Would love to hear from representatives of a wine region interested in being part of the #winePW 4 fun. Just drop me an email at winepairingweekend AT gmail.com if you woud like to explore possibilities.