Let’s knock your socks off by pairing a chilled Pinot Blanc or a Rosé with spicy Saag Paneer next time you grab Indian food with friends. These fruity, sometimes sweet wines go well with the luscious textures and rich spices in this traditional dish of spinach and soft cubed cheese. Wine goes well with spicy food because the alcohol and sugar cut the heat and revive your taste buds for the next bite.
Some wine needs to breathe. That can take time. Do we really need to stand over a bottle of wine and watch every breath it takes? How do we know when it’s ready? Is it possible for wine to get too much air? The pressure is too much!
You heard it here first, grilled cheese loves to be paired with wine. Okay, maybe you’ve heard it elsewhere first, but there’s no denying that people are looking to pair wine with food that might have formerly been considered too low-brow for wine. We’re thrilled with this trend. Enter an American favorite that’s gotten some serious foodie attention of late, so why not pair it with a wine?
In light of the on going debates and political party fueled sound bites, we got nostalgic about the origins of our country. In 1776, the founding fathers liked to party just as much as folks do today. Of course they had different means of making that happen. For starters, wine and wine grapes were hard to come by and shipping it across the stormy Atlantic proved troublesome for a number of reasons. Then there was that pesky conflict with the British.
We stumbled on to a surprisingly action packed history when we started exploring fortified wines. First, we were just looking for an intelligent way of explaining to our readers pre-dinner and post-dinner drink names (Apéritif & Digestif) and discovered that there was a whole category of wines that fell under the umbrella that is fortified wines. We found sometimes surprising and often exciting stories of exploration and revolution that involved these wines. Clearly, pirates were involved here somewhere, too.
A friend just got back from a trip to Hawaii but he missed out on one of the best things there - Spam Musubi. And if we’d pair that with a chilled Viognier. We understand that you might not be convinced. We've seen the skeptical looks before. You might think this is a low brow food but people who make this are unmistakably joyful about it. They are happy to share with friends. If you've ever had a someone give Spam Musubi to you, you know what we're talking about. This is a dish that's made with a lot of love. Why not show that food some love back by pairing it with a nice wine?
Great sushi calls for a great beer or sake. Why not open a bottle of something that’s got the best of both worlds? Poochi Poochi is a sparkling sake that has enough sugar to pair well with spicy foods but is dryer than a typical sake. Yet this wine is delicate and pairs well with the nuanced flavors of a grand sushi blow out.