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#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.

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

 

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

Mains
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

Sides
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

Desserts
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!

 

#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…

Savories

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

Sweets

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

Surprise!

Wines for a Sweet & Savory Fall Harvest Meal by foodwineclick

Fall Fruit and Wine Pairing by Rockin Red Blog

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.

Sauvignon Blanc Paired with Pesto

A Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc paired with pesto

A classic: Sauvignon Blanc paired with pesto.

What makes it a classic? Here’s how the 2012 Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc worked with the pesto I made for the August Wine Pairing Weekend.

I get grassiness and grapefruit on the nose of the wine. I take a sip, and get peach, cherry blossoms, and mineral undertones. I eat a couple bites of the linguine, getting the garlic bite and saltiness in the pesto along with the freshness of the basil and acidity from the tomatoes. A lot happening on the palate. More wine. The crispness of the Sauvignon Blanc refreshes, cleansing the palate to be ready for another burst of flavor from the pesto. The makings of a classic pairing!

Ready to try this classic pairing for yourself? Typically on this site I link over to where you can find recipe details. But my pesto recipe is so simple (yet so good) that I’ll go ahead and re-share it right here:

Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc paired with pesto for #winePW 3Cooking Chat’s Basil Pesto Ingredients
2 cups fresh basil leaves, rinsed and tightly packed
4 cloves garlic
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup Pecorino or Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp pine nuts

The Method: Have a food processor at the ready. Rinse the basil and pluck the good leaves from the plant, add to a measuring cup. I use up all the basil I’ve gotten. If I wind up with more than two cups basil, I scale the recipe accordingly and have more pesto on hand. If you have extra basil and a school age child on hand, enlist them in the process of calculating the recipe proportions, keep those math skills sharp over the summer! Put the basil into the food processor, and give it a quick whir to begin chopping the basil and make room for the other ingredients.

Next, add the garlic, and hit that food processor button again to get the cloves chopped up with the basil.

Add the remaining in ingredients, and then puree to get everything well combined. Open the food processor, scrape the sides to get bits of garlic and basil that haven’t been incorporated, then give the processor a final whir. Presto, you have tasty pesto! If you’re going to be eating within the next hour or so, just leave the pesto out. If you’re making in advance, refrigerate, but take out an hour before serving to bring the pesto to room temperature. Serve over hot pasta.

Wine Pairing: Well, we already covered Sauvignon Blanc being a classic to pair with pesto.  Want to go in a different direction? I’ve also had luck pairing Prosecco with pesto, and Picpoul with pesto is also very good, if you want to try a lesser known wine with your pesto.

a classic pairing: Sauvignon Blanc with basil pesto

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.