Thanks to its cultural roots, Alsatian Riesling craves pork—pancetta, sausage, potatoes fried in pork, leg of pork, pork belly—but it gets along swimmingly with salty seafoods too.
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Stop ordering Cabernet with your oysters! We asked a group of sommeliers from around the country about the worst food and wine pairings and why they're so terrible together.
Barbera is wonderful with grilled or roast meats, loves sausage or pizza, and didn't find a chicken it couldn't catch.
In the hot summer months, even if we can't be relaxing by the beach, we find ourselves planning meals that revolve around seafood: briny raw oysters, buttery lobster rolls, wild salmon charred on the grill. But what should we drink?
Which wines work well with a plate of juicy carnitas or a carne asada burrito? We asked 17 sommeliers for their advice.
A BYOB restaurant is a beautiful thing; it's also fun to get takeout and be able to open wine from your own collection or favorite wine shop. But if Chinese food is on the menu, which bottles should you pop? Depends on if you're eating Mapo tofu or Peking duck, dan dan noodles, dumplings, or delicate seafood preparations. We asked 14 sommeliers for their wine pairing advice. What's the most delicious wine to pair with Chinese food? Here's what they had to say.
Sushi and beer are an awesome combination, and many folks like to order sake with sushi (even if it might not be strictly traditional), but you might be surprised how delicious wine and sushi can be together. Whether it's a salty-seeming coastal white wine from Italy, or a palate-cleansing sparkler from France or Spain, wine can make for a truly special sushi meal. Which bottles should you pop? We asked 11 sommeliers for tips.
You have ketchup. Sauteed mushrooms and onions. A whole array of cheese options. Maybe you're even the kind of freak who likes lettuce on your burger (weirdo). But when it's burger night, do you have wine ready? We asked 10 top sommeliers from around the country for their burger-night picks.
How do you make pizza—a near-perfect food—even better? By drinking the right wine with it. If you think of wine as a sauce for your food, you'll want to make sure it's a sauce that works with the dish: complementing the earthy flavors of mushrooms and sausage, or contrasting the richness of the cheese, standing up to the bright acidity of tomato sauce and countering the spice of pepperoni. We gathered pizza-pairing advice from 11 top sommeliers from around the country.
Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are the authors of several acclaimed food and beverage books, including the recently-released Food Lover's Guide to Wine. We recently had the chance to use their mountains of expertise to help answer some of our most serious holiday beverage questions. Here's their guide to what to drink and when, what bottles to give and why.
Throwing some fish on the grill and spritzing it with a squeeze of lemon is an easy way to celebrate the waning days of summer. For drinkables, the rules had always been "drink white wine with fish." An inevitable backlash brought red into style, but there is room for both on the porch, soaking up the last illuminated evenings of the year. Here are a few of our favorite wines to serve with grilled seafood.
Succulent ribs can be prepared from pork or beef, but in terms of selecting a wine to drink with them, the sauce and spices are the most important consideration. Dry-rub ribs have spicy notes that respond well to earthier wines. The wet ribs need something fruitier or off-dry to balance and enhance the sauce. Here are a few of our favorite wine picks for your next rib dinner.
Urban myth has it that chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon are wonderful together. Whoever started that one should be slapped. Sweet chocolate causes trouble with dry Cabernet. The only road-tested formula to make chocolate and red wine work is to "add sugar" along with those wine tannins.
Rich and juicy burgers require luscious and juicy reds—from spicy Zinfandel to succulent Merlot to quaffable Chianti. At the end of the day, however, pairing wine to hamburgers is as much about the condiments as anything else.
According to PMQ Magazine, as of September 2010, there were almost 65,000 pizzerias in the United States. Add to that a ton of people making pizza at home, and you've got a lot of pies. What's the best wine to serve on pizza night? That's depends.
What to pair with Parmesan gougères studded with pink peppercorns? The effervescence of Champagne can act as both a soft fire extinguisher and a textural foil to the dish.
Some of you may be planning to serve a festive roast for Christmas, but others go with fish, goose, or a huge order of Chinese food. Whether you're having a delivery feast or following Kenji's make-at-home method, Peking duck is a meal that deserves a proper beverage.
As the weather cools, my craving for French onion soup always resurfaces. This dish is so simple, but so good, especially if you use a rich and flavorful stock, the sweetest of slow cooked onions, a thick piece of crusty bread, and good-quality nutty Gruyere. Pairing soup with wine can be a bit tricky and it's a bit counterintuitive to match liquid with liquid, but believe me, a good glass of wine makes this meal even better.
What's the best wine to drink with carnitas-stuffed tacos? Master sommelier Evan Goldstein shares a few wine pairings for this porky delight.
So I decided to give you a week's worth of food and wine pairing suggestions, all of which began with an inspiring recipe on this site. I don't adhere to many traditional "wine and food pairing rules," like no red wine with fish, so I'm including a white wine and a red wine recommendation for each. And, because food and wine pairing can be intimidating, I'm going to explain exactly why I chose the wines I did.