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Wine Pairing for Steamers

Cava, a wine pairing for steamers. from @foodwineclick.

Wine pairing for steamers! I was excited to read Jeff’s Wine Pairing Weekend post pairing steamed clams and mussels with Cava for a number of reasons.

I’m getting ready to head to Cape Cod next week, and I expect my Dad will make a batch of steamers at least once while there. This is typically a post-beach snack, an hour or two before dinner. Usually beers are cracked open to go with it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a nice cold beer after the beach.  But hey, I am more of a wine guy, especially when comes to what to drink along with food. So I’m glad to know that there’s a good bubbly option besides beer to go with the steamers.

Cava is a nice option when you want a sparkling wine at significantly less than Champagne prices. It sounds like Jeff, who blogs at foodwineclick, found a good one for his steamer pairing: Campos de Estrellas Estate Cava Brut ($15). It definitely met our #winePW 2 theme of “refreshing summer pairings”. Get on over to foodwineclick to get all the tasty details of the pairing.

Oh yes, there’s one more great thing to mention about Jeff’s post. The steamer and Cava pairing was enjoyed on his porch….what better way to enjoy a summer day!

Photo courtesy of Jeff Burrows, foodwineclick.com.

#winePW 3 Roundup: Wine for Summer’s Bounty

Linguine with pesto and Sauvignon Blanc was one of the #winePW blog posts.

The August Wine Pairing Weekend event asked bloggers to share on the theme “Wine for Summer’s Bounty”. They 12 contributors did a great job with creative recipes and wine pairings for all the good produce that is coming in from local farms and gardens this month! Check out the links below for all the tasty details!

Pull That Cork shared “Wine for Summer’s Bounty. Will Garnacha Do the Trick?

Meal Diva paired “Summer Vegetable Red Sauce with Amarone

Culinary Adventures with Camilla posted “Pan-Seared Padròns with DeRose Vineyards’ Négrette

Vino Travels — An Italian Wine Blog shared “Tomato, toe-mah-toe: Summer’s bounty with Sicilian wine Donnafugata

Grape Experiences paired “Cecchi Chianti Classico 2010 and Vegetable Lasagna

Curious Cuisiniere shared “Chipotle Garden Salsa with Wild Hare Petite Sirah

ENOFYLZ Wine Blog posted “Grilled Paiche with a White Greek Blend

Take a Bite Out of Boca shared “Quinoa-Crusted Eggplant and Heirloom Tomato Stacks paired with Monrosso Chianti

foodwineclick shared “Summers’ Bounty or Attack of the Killer Turnips?

Confessions of a Culinary Diva blogged about “Lobster Paella and Albarino

Tasting Pour shared “Summertime and the Cooking is Easy

Cooking Chat paired “Linguine with Pesto, Fresh Tomatoes and a Sauvignon Blanc

Get ready for #winePW 4: Wine Pairing Weekend happens the second Saturday each month. For Saturday, September 13, we’ll be seeking blog posts on “Regional Food and Wine Pairings” and hosting a live Twitter chat on that topic 9/13 at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

Wine for Summer’s Bounty: 8/9 #winePW Twitter Chat Details

Wine for Summer's Bounty: Questions now posted for Wine Pairing Weekend 3 Twitter Chat.We are looking forward to the 3rd Wine Pairing Weekend event coming up this Saturday, August 9! The August #winePW theme is “Wine for Summer’s Bounty.” We will be holding a live Twitter Chat in conjunction with the event this Saturday 8/9, 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 is a fairly new website 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 3 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) What’s fresh at local farms and gardens around you now?

Q3) Do you have something you only like to eat this time of year?

Q4) What wines do you like to enjoy along with fresh summer produce? Share a a good pairing you’ve had!

Q5) Any fresh veggies you like this time of year that pose wine pairing challenges?

Q6) What’s the best wine you’ve had so far this summer?

Q7) Any other insights on “Wine for Summer’s Bounty” that hasn’t come up yet?

We hope you enjoy this chat and consider joining us in July to chat about “Regional Food and Wine Pairings” Wine Pairing Weekend is held the second Saturday of the month, so we’re up next on September 13. You can email winepairingweeekend AT gmail.com if you’d like to do a blog post for the next one or with any other ideas or questions.

Duck Legs Paired with an Off-Dry Pinot Gris

duck legs with an off-dry Holman Ranch Pinot Gris. Culinary Cam #winePW post.

photo coursesy of Culinary Cam

Today I wanted to highlight a pairing from our first Wine Pairing Weekend Back in June. For the inaugural #winePW event, Culinary Cam paired duck legs with an off-dry Pinot Gris from Holman Ranch, which they call their “5 degree Brix”.  Cam does a nice job breaking down the brix and off-dry terms in her #winePW post. I also like the way Culinary Cam incorporated the lemon taste she got in the wine into her preparation, using a Meyer lemon marmalade to glaze the duck legs. So if you are looking for a good way to prepare duck legs and a good wine to enjoy with it, check out Cam’s post for all the details!

Orzo Salad with a Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

Orzo Salad paired nicely with a Trebbiano for Wine Pairing Weekend 2.

photo courtesy of Vino Travels.

Italian wine tends to be very food-friendly, so it’s great having Jen from Vino Travels: An Italian Wine Blog participating in our Wine Pairing Weekend events.  For the July #winePW event “Refreshing Summer Wine Pairings”, Jen paired orzo salad with the the 2012 I Lauri Lume Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. Sounds like a great match to me! The salad had a variety of veggies along with some tasty Pecorino cheese from Tuscany.  Trebbiano is of the many wonderful Italian white grape varietals. Jen reports that:

“On the nose this trebbiano had lots of citrus and minerality to it with a hint of petroleum. It was dry with some grassy notes on the palate. Throughout it had refreshing acidity creating a nice crisp wine.

Get all the details on Jen’s pairing, including more background on the wine, over in her #winePW 2 post. Keep an eye on all her Italian wine posts on Vino Travels, and check out the other #winePW 2 pairings via this roundup post.

2012 I Lauri Lume Trebbiano d'Abruzzo

 

Wine Grilled Chicken with Lewis Station Winery’s Oaked Chardonnay

Today we start to feature contributions from my fellow Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW) bloggers. Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere wisely notes that cooking with wine is a good way to set up a nice pairing. For the first #winePW, Sarah made Wine Grilled Chicken and paired it with Lewis Station Winery’s Oaked Chardonnay. In addition to cooking with wine, Sarah also gets some points for using a local to her Wisconsin winery! The recipe features a variety of fresh herbs, and looks pretty easy to prepare. If you can get a bottle of the Lewis Station chard to duplicate Sarah’s recipe that’s great; but if you’ve come to this post looking for something to make with Chardonnay you have on hand, I’m sure your bottle can be readily substituted. Be sure to check out Curious Cuisiniere for all the recipe details and for many other great recipes and pairings!

Wine Grilled Chicken with a Chardonnay for #winePW

photo courtesy of Curious Cuisiniere

Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa and a White Burgundy

Salmon with Mango Salsa and a White BurgundyMy first instinct for salmon is to serve a Pinot Noir, but sometimes the topping or sauce calls for a white. When I made some mango salsa for grilled salmon recently recently, a white definitely seemed to be the call to go with the tropical fruit. I had a white Burgundy I was eager to try, and thought it could potentially work. I wound up being pleasantly surprised at how wonderfully the pairing came together. Get all the recipe details over in my Wine Pairing Weekend 2 post on Cooking Chat: Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa and a White Burgundy.

The Burgundy I chose was the 2012 Guffens-Heynen Macon-Pierreclos Le Chavigne. We got honey and clover on the nose. Nice fruit on the wine–cantaloupe perhaps? Also a touch of honey–the fruit and honey definitely made this taste like summer in a glass. Perhaps most notable was the depth of texture in this wine, providing a great mouthfeel and long finish. This really made the pairing work–the wine had just the right weight to go along with the salmon–not to light, not so big it would overwhelm. The flavors in the salsa flowed seamlessly with the fruit and honey taste of the wine.

I loved the wine, but it’s not the style I tend to expect and seek in a white Burgundy. I typically gravitate toward an austere style with lots of minerality, and don’t expect such ripe fruit as we had in this one. I guess this is just a reminder that great Burgundy can come in different styles! Our pairing worked great, but I would by no means make a general recommendation to pair Chardonnay with this dish–many chards would be too oaky and/or buttery to play nicely with the flavors in the mango salsa. For Chardonnay to work here, it needs to be one that really let’s the fruit shine as our choice did. For a Burgundy, this one from Guffens-Heynen is a good value and worth tracking down–it seems to be available for around $30ish.

 

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Bonny Doon Syrah for #winePW

Yesterday was the first official Wine Pairing Weekend event! I enjoyed hearing all the great pairings my fellow bloggers came up with for grilled meat. I will post highlights on some of their pairings in the coming days, but first wanted to share about my pairing: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Bonny Doon Syrah.

grilled pork tenderloin paired with Bonny Doon Syrah for #winePW.

The pork dish gets marinaded with lime juice, cilantro and garlic and topped with chipotle cream. So I was looking for a wine with some substance and a bit of spice. I picked the 2009 Le Pousseur Central Coast Syrah from Bonny Doon Vineyard. I got a whiff of a summer meadow on the nose, and was struck by the polish on this wine from the first taste. Supple cherry fruit and a bit of leather. The finesse and flavors of the wine worked well with the nuanced smoky and spice flavors of the pork.

Questions for #winePW Twitter Chat

wine glass ready for #winePW chatWe are looking forward to the very first Wine Pairing Weekend event coming up this Saturday, June 14!  The first #winePW theme is “Wine Pairings for Grilled Meat.” We will be holding a live Twitter Chat in conjunction with the event this Saturday 6/14, at 10 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 pairing 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.

As you may gather, this is a new website 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 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 Twitter Chat. Of course, feel free to share anything on the topic of wine pairings for grilled meats 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: What are some of your favorite foods to grill?

Q2: Is there a particular type of wine you tend to choose when grilling?

Q3: What factors do you consider when choosing a wine to serve with grilled meat?

Q4: What is a favorite pairing you’ve enjoyed for grilled meat?

Q5: Any good grilled food & wine pairings you like that might surprise us?

Q6: Does anyone have a good food & wine pairing you are planning to enjoy on Father’s Day?

Q7: Any other insight on grilled meat & wine pairing that hasn’t come up yet?

We hope you enjoy this chat and consider joining us in July to chat about “Refreshing Summer Wine Pairings.” Wine Pairing Weekend is held the second Saturday of the month, so we’re up next on July 12. You can email winepairingweeekend AT gmail.com if you’d like to do a blog post for the next one or with any other ideas or questions.