Wine Food Pairing

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

A Fight to the Finish

Not everything goes as planned. I had, in hand, what I hoped would be a knock-your-socks-off white for this month’s wine with food pairing. However, it wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes, like people, good wines go bad. It wasn’t corked but, wow, it smelled like dank gym shoes and it tasted much worse. It was ruined, most likely, during a long and arduous transit from New Hampshire to Arizona back to New York and again back to Arizona in 100°F (38°C) ambient temperatures, and most assuredly hotter temps in cargo on the tarmac.

Susan had brought it with her as a special treat for us, and - to be sure - for you. Alas, the airlines “forgot” to unload her luggage, thus...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Mix and Match

Generally, when serving a meal, I like to pair the wines with the region from which the food comes. It’s not always possible - Asian food, for example - but, when making Italian dishes (even as specific as Sicilian fare) there are so many good local wines available for pairing.

However, if you look slightly northwest out your window in Palermo, Sicily, you might be able to see the coast of France, and - more specifically today - the Costières de Nîmes region, from which today’s wine comes. (Yes, Sardinia is in the way of your view... but work with me.)...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

The Luck of the Draw

I’m a typical Virgo. I am very particular about things - from the color of my socks, to the route I drive to and from work. I would say that I am deliberate, especially when it comes to food and wine. I don’t do potlucks; I don’t believe there should be any “luck” in a meal, or with its accompanying...
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