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Complimentary Contrast

By Foster Smith CSW

Do opposites attract?

I wonder if we have become somewhat “fixed” on the idea of marrying types of grapes with certain types of food, i.e. seafood, steak, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon. While this is undoubtedly correct, I find it more interesting to consider all components of the dish.

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Dinner of Desire

Break out the fine china for a little romance.

By Jan Walsh

Clo Pegase’s Jan Shrem finds that food and wine alone do not make for a romantic evening.

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Porch Pairing

Sauvignon Blanc pairs best with warm weather fare.

By Jan Walsh

Light summer fare served with well-chilled Sauvignon Blanc makes for many fresh and delicious pairings.

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Bella's Garden

Soft shell crab is a match for Bella’s Garden Shiraz 2007.

By Jan Walsh

Bella’s Garden is near and dear to the heart of Two Hands vintner, Richard Mintz. The wine is the namesake of his daughter, Bella. I recently enjoyed this award winning wine—named number five in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines 2007—with Mintz at Blackberry farm, paired with a pan fried soft shell crab.

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Luck and Money

Pair 75 wines with black-eyed peas and turnip greens on New Year’s Day.

By Jan Walsh


If the number 75 is a reminder of the percentage your stock portfolio lost in 2008, take no chances. Pair 75 wines with black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day. The peas symbolize good luck, the greens symbolize paper money.

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Champagne Flutes and Martini Glasses

Serve tuna tartare in a chilled martini glass.

If you are a wine lover’s whose martini glasses gather dust, we have the recipe for you. Serve ahi tuna tartare in chilled martini glasses paired with champagne flutes of J. Brut sparkling wine.

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A Mouthful

Gewurztraminer is difficult to pronounce but easy to pair.

By Jan Walsh

The most popular wines are so because people can pronounce them. Chardonnay is easy to say, whereas Gewurztraminer- geh-VEHRTZ-trah-mee-ner-is a mouthful. But if you ever learn to pronounce it, you have done the hard part. Pairing Gewurztraminer is as easy as... a variety of soft and hard cheeses, pork, smoked foods, spicy foods, sauerkraut, Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisines. And it is a classic pairing with holiday entrees of roast turkey or ham.

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The Vineyard Table

Wente Vineyard's Carolyn Wente shares a pairings recipe from her cookbook.

By Jan Walsh

Most cooks match the wine to the food. But Carolyn Wente matches the food and recipes to Wente's Livermore Valley, California wines. She spent a day in the kitchen trying to create a white meat recipe that would pair well with Wente Merlot. And from her cookbook, Sharing the Vineyard Table, Wente shares her pairing advice and recipe for Wente Vineyards 20006 Crane Ridge Merlot.

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Solaire Chardonnay and Grilled Salmon

Robert Mondavi loved wine—and pairing wine with food.

By Jan Walsh
Photography by Beau Gustafson


For pairing with Solaire by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay, winemaker Rick Boyer enjoys a 
grilled salmon with dilled mustard glaze.

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Peak Pairings

Who says there is no such thing as a perfect pairing?

By Jan Walsh
Photography by Beau Gustafson


Terlato Wine Group has three: Angels’ Peak and lamb chops, Devils’ Peak with deviled pork chops, and Cardinals’ Peak with penne with Cognac.

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