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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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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Watermelon Lime Spritzer

Viennese Coffee

Easy Key West Limeade

Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies

Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tomato Salsa with Five Delicious Fresh Garden Ingredients

Tomatoes are easy to work with and make many delicious appetizers. This salsa fresca recipe is quick to make and tastes delicious.

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Tomato salsa has only 5 delicious fresh ingredients. We often make this salsa to serve with nachos, tacos or even with breakfast omelets.  Once you have made fresh tomato salsa, you will never go back to the store bought variety, I guarantee it!

Welcome back to the Ultimate Recipe Challenge! This linkup is the brain child of Kim Six Fix, thanks Kim for putting this all together! This month’s challenge is tomatoes, which are probably one of my favorite foods.

My favorite combination of tomatoes is multi-colored red Roma tomatoes, yellow pear and black heirloom varieties. This combination can also be purchased in a small variety pack from Costco or even Aldi’s grocery store. You can make this recipe with regular tomatoes too, but I love the bright colors in this side dish.

Here’s what to do:

Tomato Salsa with Five Delicious Fresh Garden Ingredients

Tomato Salsa with Five Delicious Fresh Garden Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mixed colored tomatoes (or 4 large tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • Juice from 1/2 squeezed lemon or lime
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1. Wash tomatoes, place in blender. Chop coarsely. Put in medium sized bowl.
  2. 2. Add onion (or chop in the blender)
  3. 3. Add garlic.
  4. 4. Using a lemon reamer, juice the sliced lemon right over the bowl of tomatoes.
  5. 5. Add a few drops of tobacco sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with chips, sour cream, olives or nacho cheese. Add an avocado the second day for delicious guacamole. Makes 4 cups.

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