Why do we pair white wine with fish and red wine with red meat?

Author: Dr. Vinifera Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, but you can call me Vinny. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the fine points of etiquette to the science of winemaking. And don't worry, I'm no wine snob—you can also ask me those "dumb questions" you're too embarrased to ask your wine geek friends! I hope you find my answers educational, empowering and even amusing. And don't forget to check out my most asked questions and my full archives for all my Q&A classics. Dear Dr. Vinny, Why do we pair white wine with fish and red wine with red [...]

2019-08-19T21:46:11-05:00August 19th, 2019|Wine|0 Comments

How to Pair Natural Wine with Seafood

Author: Naomi Tomky Vinnie's Raw Bar opens soon in Seattle, and with it comes gorgeous natural wines paired with oysters, clams, shrimp, and more. The Picture Pantry/Lisovskaya Na/Getty Images Before Bryn Hagman could start picking wines for Vinnie’s Raw Bar, the highly-anticipated addition addition to Chris and Anu Elford’s Seattle bar empire, she had to—as M.F.K. Fisher once did—consider the oyster. These weren’t the meaty specimens she knew from New York, where she ran beverage programs at The Dutch and Chez Ma Tante, but brighter, more floral West Coast ones. Instead of classic Champagne (you won’t find it on the [...]

2019-07-29T23:36:50-05:00July 29th, 2019|Wine|0 Comments

How to Pair a Wine With Steak & Seafood

Author: Elizabeth Sobiski Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images   Pairing wine with both steak and seafood may sound like a difficult task, but if you keep some basics in mind, it is definitely achievable. Most people automatically think red wine with steak and whites for seafood, but consider the specific preparations of steak and seafood you'll be serving. A seafood served in a heavy, rich sauce can handle the flavors of a red wine. Some steak dishes do well with a sauvignon blanc, a fuller bodied white wine. Consider the steak and seafood being served, as well as how it is cooked. [...]

2019-07-20T23:39:47-05:00July 21st, 2019|Wine|0 Comments

Unusual Wine Pairings: 5 Delicious Food and Wine Combinations You Haven’t Tried

Author: Ariel Berchtold Dining at your neighborhood’s trendiest restaurant can be a magnificent culinary adventure. Keep in mind that unconventional doesn’t necessarily mean trying a rare delicacy. You can enhance your dining experience and expand your palate with an unusual wine pairing instead. While at times you may not want to stray from your go-to pairings (medium-rare steak and a glass of Syrah are like two peas in a pod), why not try a few unconventional pairings every now and again? Below you’ll find a few delightful, off-the-wall wine pairings to take your meals from ordinary to extraordinary. Salut! Petrified Wood [...]

2019-07-06T19:17:47-05:00July 7th, 2019|Wine|0 Comments

5 ways to pair Champagne and sparkling wine with seafood

Author: Sally James For hundreds of years, Champagne has been a natural pairing with seafood morsels. More recently, the expansion of the sparkling wine genre has taken it into new flavors, textures, and terroirs that have brought a larger appreciation of how the wine is enjoyed throughout a meal.  Typically, glasses of “bubbly” have been delegated to cocktail parties, pre-dinner drinks, or celebrations. But the revival of older cultures and “outside the box” thinking sommeliers are showing it can indeed last throughout an entire meal. Thanks to the depth and breadth of sparkling wine, sommeliers have plenty to work with [...]

2019-06-28T20:36:07-05:00June 30th, 2019|Wine|0 Comments

Wine for Beginners

Author: Paul Gregutt Getty Want to kick start your ongoing exploration of wine? We’ve got you covered. These simple and smart guidelines will help you discover your palate and launch your long and tasty journey to understanding wine. Getting Started with Wine Tasting Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art in that the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make. The more you fine-tune your sensory abilities, the better you’re able to understand and enjoy the nuances and details that great wines express. The time and effort invested in [...]

2019-06-22T19:07:40-05:00June 23rd, 2019|Wine|0 Comments

Winetraveler’s Holiday Food and Wine Pairing Guide

Author: Greig Santos-Buch The holiday season is upon us, and for many, that means indulging in our favorite foods and drinks. November and December call to mind wintry landscapes, ugly sweaters, large turkey dinners and fun with friends and family. But what wines pair best with all of this excitement? We went out and spoke with a number of certified sommeliers to get their opinions on the best holiday food and wine pairings. Throughout this guide, we’ll look at various styles of food, styles of wine (varietals and blends) as well as brand-specific recommendations you may be able to find [...]

2019-06-14T13:03:25-05:00June 16th, 2019|Wine|0 Comments

What’s the Best White Wine to Pair With Seafood?

Today, Nicholas Daddona — New England-based sommelier and Director of Beverage for the Boston Harbor Hotel — explains some of the best white wine with seafood pairings. Could you explain some of your favorite styles of white wine and tips for pairing wine with seafood? What makes these pairings standout? Seafood is a New England staple. Boston and New England also have a unique availability of wines available in our restaurants and shops, as we enjoy an equal amount of old world (European) and new world (Americas and southern hemisphere) wines. RELATED: Wine Pairing Basics – How Acids, Fats, Salts and [...]

2019-06-08T11:27:34-05:00June 9th, 2019|Wine|0 Comments

5 Best Seafood and Wine Pairings from Miami Beach Chefs

Author: South Beach Seafood Festival     Any true “seafoodie” is all about experiencing exceptional seafood and wine pairings. There are few things better than a delicious, flaky and buttery piece of fish or shellfish paired with a freshly corked bottle of fine wine. But, let’s be honest, most of us aren’t chefs or sommeliers. So we’re taking the guesswork out of the equation and offering up five perfect seafood and wine pairings! We reached out to a few of our favorite restaurants and top chefs from South Beach Seafood Week, a seafood and wine festival in Miami, to get [...]

2019-05-31T19:48:15-05:00June 2nd, 2019|Wine|0 Comments

Four great Rieslings to pair with seafood, Asian spices and Alsace classics

Author: John Wilson European or Australian, Riesling is perhaps the greatest white grape variety Rieslings from Aldi, Wittmann, Zinck and Immich-Batterieberg   Having missed a connecting flight from London home to Dublin a few weeks back, and utterly exhausted, I treated myself to a reviving glass of Pewsey Vale’s The Contours Riesling, from Australia, and some potted shrimp with sourdough toast. It wasn’t cheap, but it was by far the best airport food I have had in years. It also reminded me just how good Riesling is with food. Riesling is a contender, alongside Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, for the [...]

2019-05-26T11:27:20-05:00May 26th, 2019|Wine|0 Comments