Monday, August 18, 2014

Wine Pairing Tip: What to Eat with Your White Wine

Wine Pairing Tip: What to Eat with Your White Wine


It's easy to remember the classic rule of thumb - white wines pair with white meat - like fish and chicken. But have you struggled to go a little deeper to match the flavors in the dish with the right white wine?

One tip for white wine pairings is to pair a white wine with citrus undertones with a dish you've enhanced with lemon. 

For example, a nice grilled salmon with a splash of lemon juice will pair nicely with a Sauvignon Blanc. The citrus notes of this acidic white wine will cut the fat in the salmon creating a perfect combination of flavors and textures.

Be careful with your fish dishes not to choose a wine that will overpower the delicate texture and flavors of your seafood.

For a chicken dish, try a creating a beurre blanc sauce (similar to the beurre rouge we shared a few weeks ago...only with white wine) to elevate a simple grilled chicken breast. A bottle of Chardonnay works well for a creamy chicken dish like this due to its buttery flavor. 

Remember with chicken dishes, you don't always have to follow the rules. Chicken can be a blank slate when it comes to wine pairings, and it all depends on the sauce or seasonings. 

Explore these alternative wine pairing combinations for your next chicken dinner:
  • Sauvignon Blanc works well with dishes using green spices like rosemary and thyme, or citrus dishes.
  • Riesling and Gewurztraminer work well with spicy chicken dishes, because if there sweetness. 
  • Merlot is a jammy wine so drink this with heavy tomato sauce recipes.
  • Pinot Noir is a great wine to go with salty chicken dishes.

What is your favorite white wine pairing? Comment and let us know what you think...then, share this wine pairing tip with your friends.

Cheers wine friends!

Katie

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wine Serving Tip - Why Your Red Wine Glasses Need to Be Larger

Wine Serving Tip - Why Your Red Wine Glasses Need to Be Larger


Have you ever wondered why it matters if you have a red wine glass versus a white wine glass? Well that larger bowl in the red wine glass style allows you to do that fancy wine swirl you see in the movies. You know...the one where after the swirl the wine snob usually complements the wine's legs? 

But, the swirl is a real thing when you are tasting (or serving) wine. Since we experience food and drink with all of our senses, red wine swirled in a 22 oz red wine glass can elevate your wine tasting experience. That red wine swirl gives your wine a chance to open to it's fullest flavor profile. 

In addition to enhancing the wine's flavor, a larger red wine glass will allow you to smell the nose of the wine without sticking your nose in the wine. Yeah...that can be awkward. 

Even if you decant or aerate your red wine, that little swirl before your first sip can change the taste and the smell of the wine enough for your taste buds (your palette) to embrace each note of flavor. So, once you've swirled your red wine, complemented it's legs, and taken a whiff, you are now ready to "chew your wine" and enjoy.

Now, unfortunately for me, when you hand me that over-sized red wine glass, I have to remember not to over pour. It can be tempting to fill the wine glass over that standard 5 to 6 ounce pour. However, a little advice from my own experience, swirling a glass of wine that is too full is a big mess.

How much importance do you put on serving your wine in the right glass? Comment...then, share this wine serving tip with your friends.

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Katie


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Wine Serving Tip - The Perfect Serving Temperature for Red Wines


Wine Serving Tip - The Perfect Serving Temperature for Red Wines


No matter your level of wine experience, most people know that red wines are served at room temperature and white wines are served chilled. However, room temperature can vary greatly depending on the time of year or where you are enjoying that glass of big red wine. 

As a red wine drinker myself, it took me many years of drinking 'the juice' to realize that red wines are best served between 62 - 68 degrees. 

While this temperature range may be 'room temperature' for many wine lovers, it is important to note that maintaining a steady temperature is also important. When storing your red wines, large temperature fluctuations can affect the aging process of the wine. 

For these reasons (and many more), even the most casual of every day wine lovers need to consider how and where they are storing their wine. A proper wine cellar or wine fridge can maintain the temperature of a bottle of red wine so that it is the perfect serving temperature for your next wine party.

Dual zone wine fridges are the perfect solution for storing your wine in a compact, yet easy to reach place. Each temperature zone can be set based on the bottles you are storing. Set the temperature for your red wines between the 62-68 degree range and white wines 49-55 degrees.


So...are you more likely to serve red wine or white wine at your wine parties? Comment below, then share A Bit of Wine with your friends.

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Katie


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