How to Pair Wine with Food

Wine is a great choice for entertaining, here are some tips on pairing the perfect wine with everyday foods. This post contains affiliate links from which I will make a commission at no additional charge to you. Any opinions given are completely my own.How to Pair Wine with Food|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Choosing the Perfect Wine

We are occasional wine drinkers. I find that having a bottle or two in the pantry is an easy way to be prepared for last minute guests and dinner parties. It’s also a treat to share a glass with my husband on Saturday night after the kids are asleep. It’s called BALANCE.

 

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Years ago we visited the California wine country. It was so beautiful, I would highly recommend it if you haven’t been there. We visited a boutique winery, small but known for it’s incredible red wines. I had never been to a winery before, but I was hooked after that first experience. After the tour and the tasting, we signed up for their monthly wine club. For several years we had incredible wines delivered to our door every month. It was as if we were on vacation each time we drank that wine. We loved it. Unfortunately, this winery is now out of business, and we haven’t been in a wine club since.

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The Wine Club Solution

Although we occasionally purchase grocery store wine, we never seem to have the right wine for the food we are serving. If we have red wine in the house, I’ll be making chicken. Or if we have white wine, our menu includes spaghetti. Usually we end up running to the store to find what we need because we don’t have it.

I dream of having a small wine cellar some day. I like the idea of having wine for any meal or occasion on hand. This photo above is not a small cellar, but it is stunning is it not? Wow!

We recently became a distributor for the Direct Cellars Wine Club and we couldn’t be happier! We are getting 4 bottles of premium boutique wine (2 red and 2 white) shipped to us each month. The cellar will be slowly growing! I will be sharing more specific details soon!

Here’s how it works: With this Direct Cellars Wine Club we will get our monthly wine shipments for FREE when 3 other people sign up for the Wine Club membership. Isn’t that amazing?

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Here are some ideas for what to serve with your FREE WINE.

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How to Choose Your Wines

There are a few basic rules to remember when choosing wines. First, red wine is usually served with red meat.

TIP TO REMEMBER: RED=RED

White wines are usually served with seafood, or poultry.

TIP TO REMEMBER: White = White CHICKEN OR FISH

The temperature of the wine is also a factor in the flavor. Red wines are served room temperature, uncorked for a few minutes before serving so it can “breathe”.

White wines are served cool and crisp. Chill in the refrigerator or in an ice bucket before serving.

Now for the foods: The wine and cheese chart above is a great resource. I printed it for my kitchen so I can have it on hand. Cheeses bring out the flavor of the wine so they make a great combination. For cheese tray directions, read my How to Make a Cheese Tray Post.

Wine, cheese and FRUIT are wonderful together. Fruit balances the cheese and brings out the fruity flavor of the wine. Frozen fruits are a delightful addition to chill your white wine in the glass when serving.

Here are some serving ideas:

Strawberries with Proscecco

Raspberries with Rose

Peaches and Chardonnay

Blackberries with Riesling

Mangos with Moscato

Blueberries with Sauvignon Blanc

Pineapple with Pinot Grigio

Cherries with White Zinfandel

Wines to Serve with Common Foods

Hamburgers: Try Shiraz, Zinfandel or Pinot Noir

Fried Chicken: White wines such as Chardonnay, Riesling or Chenin Blanc

Spaghetti: Reds such as Merlot, Chianti or Valpolicella

Baked Light Flavored Fish (such as sea bass, flounder, sole, or cod): Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc

Sliced Cold Cuts: White Zinfandel, Riesling, Rosé,
Gewürztraminer

Steak or Lamb: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel,
Syrah, Merlot

Desserts: Moscato, Late Harvest, Vouvray,
Spumante

With a little organization and a Direct Cellars Wine Club membership you can be ready for entertaining, or when you and your hubby have a few minutes to share a bottle. Sign up with my affiliate link to start earning your FREE WINE!

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Guilt Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet

Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet have always been a favorite at our house. We make them occasionally in large quantities for the entire family. They are great for breakfast, snacks, or even with ice-cream!

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Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles

We love anything chocolate. This month the Ultimate Recipe Challenge is Chocolate and I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch of my favorite waffles. These waffles are great for anyone with food issues because they are so basic. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan! It’s a win, win, win! There are lots of delicious recipes this month in the Recipe Challenge, so be sure to check them all out!

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I like my waffles best made with coconut oil for a rich flavor.  Serve them with hot maple syrup, fresh strawberries and even whip cream (if you can eat it!) on the side.

Here’s how to make a perfect batch!

 

Guilt Free Chocolate Waffle Recipe

Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles

Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free baking mix
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Maple syrup
  • Whip cream

Instructions

  1. •Preheat waffle iron.
  2. •Combine the baking mix, cocoa, salt and baking powder in medium sized bowl.
  3. •Separate eggs. Combine egg yokes with coconut milk, vanilla, and coconut oil.
  4. •Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mixture. Combine.
  5. •Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form in blender. Fold into batter.
  6. •Grease the waffle iron with coconut oil or butter. Pour in mixture, bake until done.
  7. •Makes 8 chocolate waffles. Waffles may be frozen and reheated in the toaster or served with ice cream.

 

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Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Easy Chai Tea Latte is something you will become addicted to, it is so delicious and so very good for you!

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Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one. – Chinese Proverb

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Easy Chai Tea Latte

Everyone loves a good cup of tea now and then. If you are not a tea drinker, this recipe will convert you! I have been replacing my morning cup of coffee with this tea because I am trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine that I consume. With this tea, I don’t even miss that morning coffee! The tea is slow brewed for deep rich flavor with a winning combination of spices. Make a big batch because you will want more and more! It’s also delicious iced.

Don’t forget to share it with your family, my teenage boys love it! It’s so much healthier than soda, and very inexpensive to make.

Easy Recipe

Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 12 whole black pepper corns
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 6 1" slices of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • Honey (optional)
  • Coconut Milk (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add all spices and tea bags.
  3. Turn heat to low, simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add Coconut milk, heat 5 more minutes.
  5. Strain through a sieve to remove spices.
  6. Pour into a tall pitcher with ice for iced tea or 6 individual ceramic cups for hot tea.
  7. Serve with honey or enjoy plain.
  8. Makes 6 Servings.

The coconut milk really makes this tea amazing! You can also try Almond Milk, but I highly recommend the coconut milk. There are so many good health benefits to this tea! This combination of spices has been around for ages in the middle east and is known to have benefits such as blood purification, aids in digestion, aids the nervous system, strengthens the bones, and gives you increased energy. Did I mention that it’s low calorie? It is! Honestly, it’s a win, win!

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Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies, win your family over with these delicious treats!

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Secrets of the Snickerdoodle Cookie

We recently discovered the Secrets of the Snickerdoodle Cookie. I have been cooking my way through a number of new recipes. This is the first batch of Snickerdoodles we have ever made and it definitely won’t be our last. This classic cookie is sure to become one of your family’s go to favorites.

Snickerdoodles are basically a sugar cookie with lots of spices, and a delightful pecan on top. We found a secret combination of spices that make this cookie completely unique. They will melt in your mouth!

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Snickerdoodle Recipe

Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 5 1/2 cups all purpose Flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons finely ground Cloves
  • 3 teaspoons Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. •Combine butter and 2 cups of sugar.
  2. •Add vanilla, eggs and cream of tartar.
  3. •Add baking soda and salt.
  4. •Roll dough into 1" balls.
  5. •Roll balls in mixture of 1 cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.
  6. •Place balls on greased cookie sheet.
  7. • Press each ball slightly with the bottom of a glass until flattened. Add a Pecan half into the top of each cookie.
  8. •Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Yield is 5 dozen cookies.

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Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies

These Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies are perfect for a special treat with loads of flavor. Easy recipe! 

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Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies

This Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookie recipe is my latest obsession. Not only is it easy to make, but completely delicious. It even smells amazing with the lavender herbs. The Meyer Lemons are my favorite and seem to have the most powerful flavor and scent. They are also a rich deep yellow color. How could you not love them?

Lemon and Lavender are often used together in European cooking from Italy or France. I have seen recipes for ice cream, cakes, roast chicken and more. My family was anxious to try these new cookies and they have become one of our new favorites.

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Lavender Sources

This recipe calls for a bit of dried fresh lavender. You can find this edible herb at specialty herb or gourmet shops. Amazon also carries it stock. If you have it growing in your garden you can use that instead, as long as it’s organically grown without pesticide.

Recipe

Lemon Lavender Sugar Cookies

Lemon Lavender Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • Cookie Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 honey
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup softened coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed lavender blossoms
  • Icing Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine sugars, honey, butter, coconut oil and eggs in a large bowl.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Add flour, lemon zest, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  4. Stir until combined.
  5. Fold in crushed lavender blossoms. Combine.
  6. Roll dough into 1" balls, place on greased cookie sheet.
  7. Flatten balls into 2" rounds with the bottom of a drinking glass, preferably one with a patterned bottom.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven, let cool 5-7 minutes.
  10. Make icing by combining powered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl with a spoon.
  11. Stir until smooth, drizzle icing over warm cookies.
  12. Makes 3-4 dozen.

 

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