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WINE AND CHAMPAGNE

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Types of White Wines:

Chardonnay (shar-dun-NAY)

Considered the queen of white wine grapes, Chardonnay is grown widely in many of the regions mentioned above. It is a very versatile grape whose character reflects its growing region and production process. Of all the white wine types, Chardonnay produces the most complex wines in the world. Most chardonnays are full, golden and velvety with hints of fruit, nuts, butter, oak, spice or vanilla and have medium to high acidity.

Charonnay Food-wine pairing: it is a good choice for fish and chicken dishes.

 

Chenin Blanc (SHEN'N BLAHNK)

Chenin Blanc has been cultivated for thousands of years in the Loire Valley of France. It is grown widely in California where it is the grape used in many jug wines or inexpensive table wines. Chenin Blanc has higher than average acidity. The character of Chenin Blanc can be difficult to define, but it generally is light and fruity.

Chenin Blanc Food-wine pairing: Salads, mild to spicy rice dishes, sushi, seafood and white meats.

 

Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio (PEE-no GREE or GREE-zho)

Known as Pinot Grigio in Italy and the Alsace region of France, and Pinot Gris in the United States, this grape's character will vary depending upon its growing region. European Pinot Grigio tends to be more acidic with less body than its American counterpart. All Pinot Grigio/Gris possess a citrus aroma.

Food Pairings: Try Pinot Grigio/Gris alongside prosciutto and melon, smoked salmon, hazelnuts whole or chopped and tossed on chicken salad, mushroom and scallop risotto, or fettuccini Alfredo with shrimp and peas.


Riesling (REES-ling)

Riesling, the most notable white wine grape from Germany, is also grown in France's Alcase region and in New York's Finger Lakes District. It is grown in California and Washington, although with less frequency. Riesling has medium to high acidity and light to medium body with a distinct flowery, fruity aroma.

Riesling Food-wine pairing: dry versions go well with fish, chicken and pork dishes.

 

Sauvignon Blanc (SO-vin-yon BLAHNK)

Sauvignon Blanc, also known as Fumé Blanc, is grown in the Bordeaux and Loire regions of France, and in California, New Zealand and South Africa. It is characterized by a light, crisp acidity. It will often contain several fruit components and is frequently blended with Semillion from the Bordeaux region of France.

Sauvignon Blanc Food-wine pairing: a versatile food wine for seafood, poultry, and salads.

 

Moscato: also known as Muscat :The muscat family of grapes of the species Vitis vinifera is widely grown for wine, raisins and table grapes. Their color ranges from white to near black. Muscat almost always has a pronounced sweet floral aroma.

There are several options for food pairing with Moscato wine
  • The wines are low in alcohol and are ideal for drinking without food, perhaps on a hot afternoon before dinner.
  • The light sweet style is also well matched with light appetizer foods
  • Moscato is ideal with a refresher course during a heavy meal, for example you may decide to serve a glass of Moscato with a palate cleansing sorbet after a rich course
  • With dessert - Moscato is an ideal accompaniment to creamy or cheesy dishes. If you enjoy a rich chocolate dessert a light Moscato could provide a pleasing contrast.

Types of Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon (cab-er-NAY SO-vin-yon)

Cabernet Sauvignon can be found in many of the wine regions mentioned above. In the Bordeaux region of France, it is considered the noblest grape of all. It is, in fact, the grape that makes fine Bordeaux wines. Cabernet Sauvignon can age well for decades. It is dark purple or ruby in color, medium to full bodied, and has a beautiful array of intense aromas and flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon would be considered a dry red wine and blends well with Sangiovese, Merlot and Shiraz.

Cabernet Sauvignon Food-wine pairing: best with simply prepared red

meat.

 

Merlot (mur-LO)

Merlot has become very popular in the last 10 years. It is one of the more drinkable types of red wine with its low acidity and mellow softness. Merlot is grown widely in many of the regions mentioned above and can be blended, particularly with Cabernet, or stand alone. Merlot has rich flavors of blackberry, plum and cherry.

Merlot Food-wine pairing: any will do.

 

Pinot Noir (PEE-no NWA)

Pinot Noir is a difficult grape to grow, but yields an exceptional wine with great complexity when conditions are correct. It is grown in the Burgundy region of France, in Oregon and in the cooler regions of California. Many California grown Pinot Noir grapes are used for rose style champagnes. It has light to moderate body with deliciously varied aromas and flavors.

Pinot Noir Food-wine pairing: excellent with grilled salmon, chicken, and lamb.

 

Syrah or Shiraz (sih-RAH or shih-RAHZ)

Known as Shiraz in Australia and South Africa and as Syrah in California and France, this wine has low to moderate acidity making it very drinkable. Shiraz/Syrah exhibits wonderful flavors of spice and fruit. Many think the French version is more acidic, therefore better to accompany food than the Australian version. Shiraz/Syrah is blended with Grenache and Cabernet.

Syrah or Shiraz Food pairings: meat (steak, beef, wild game, stews, etc.)

 

Zinfandel (ZIHM-fan-dell)

Zinfandel wine is most always grown in California, where unlike other red wine grapes, it thrives in the heat and sunshine. It has low to moderate acidity and medium to full body with jammy, spicy flavors. Zinfandel is often blended with other grapes but not named on the bottle.

Zinfandel Food pairings: very much depends on the freshness/heaviness of the wine; tomato-sauce pastas, pizza, and grilled and barbecued meats.

 

Gamay (ga-MAY)

Gamay is what the wines from the Beaujolais region of France are made of. Even though two “Gamay” wines are produced in California, they are not true Gamay and their quality does not come close to their French cousins. With its lower alcohol content, Gamay is meant to be drunk soon after it is b

ottled. It is fresh, light and fruity.

Gamay Food-pairings: matches well with seafood or spicier dishes such as Asian food.

 

Burgundy: red table wine from the Burgundy region of France (or any similar wine made elsewhere).

Burgundy Food-pairings: best with simply prepared red meat.

 

Paisano: easy-to-enjoy style and crisp raspberry taste of this wine that make it a favorite.

Paisano Food-pairings: goes great with everything from fish to chicken.

 

Sangria is a wonderful summer cocktail made with wine, sugar and fruit.