Food & Wine Pairings

Criss Crossing Wine Country and tasting Wine from many different regions, we are also learning what goes well with the wine along the way. Food & Wine are an integral symbiotic arrangement especially pairing local food with Local Wine.  This in some cases is what enhances the overall experience. Here are some of the Recipes and Pairing we have discovered along the Way.

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Presqu’ile Rosé of Pinot Noir, Strawberry, Citrus and Avocado Salad

On our final day at the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend, we drove north to the Santa Maria Valley to visit the stunning Presqu’ile Winery. Located in the Northern part of Santa Barbara County the climate here provides a longer growing season giving deeper complexity to the wines and a natural acidity. The property is beautiful with beautiful vineyards and modern and inviting architecture and an amazing view.

The Rose of Pinot Noir is made from Pinot Noir from the Presqu’ile Estate Vineyard. It is fermented by native yeast and aged 5 months in stainless steel. It is Fresh & crisp with bright red fruits…crisp red apple, cherry & strawberry.

Ryan at Presqu’ile

Ryan at Presqu’ile

While we were at the winery enjoying this lovely Rosé of Pinot Noir, Ryan who was handling our tasting mentioned that he had scored a great pairing with this wine the week before. He took a bottle of the rosé out to a gathering and they paired it with a strawberry avocado citrus salad. Everyone cheered for his perfect pairing. Tasting the rosé I could envision the pairing and how well it would go. The sweetness of the berries, the tart acid of the citrus and the rich fattiness of the avocado with this beautiful rosé cutting through…so I popped back another of their Mississippi pecans to keep my mouth from salivating too much and decided that this inspiring recipe and pairing I would need to try for myself!

Blood Oranges

Blood Oranges

I used a couple of blood oranges for some extra depth of flavor. Here we go…Thanks Ryan!

So we went to one of local Farmers Markets, Downtown 3rd Farmers Market and picked up some fresh Strawberries, Avocado and Salad mix and went home and made a Perfect pairing of Rose and Fruit Salad. Enjoy.

Sweet Potato Gnocci & Reisling

We wanted to find a wine to pair with this. Asparagus is notoriously difficult to pair with. I was leaning toward an Alsace Riesling or a Gruner Veltliner from Austria with back up plans of a Sancerre or Pouilly Fume from the Loire Valley (as recommended by Food and Wine). So we headed to Marché Bacchus, which is a wonderful little wine shop and bistro here in Las Vegas. They were very busy with lunch, but Jeff Wyatt the owner was kind enough to take a couple of minutes to help me and make a recommendation. With the asparagus he recommended something with good acid but also a heavier viscosity and directed us to a Schieferkopf Riesling from Alsace. It was a perfect pairing.

View Wine Bar, Las Vegas

The location is a little hard to find, which is why we are talking about it here and giving you directions. You will find it above Brio at Tivoli Village. To get there, walk past the entrance to Brio and around the corner and look for LV Market! Enter there and cross through the downstairs bistro and take the stairs to the 2nd floor. Head to the front of the building and relax in the industrial decadence of the “View”.

You can see the fountain out the front windows and the mix of industrial architecture with exposed ceilings and ducts and tufted couches and seats with natural woods and wine bottle light fixtures in plumbing pipes is enchanting in my opinion. My advice is to go on a weekday mid day and sit at the bar. Joey will be working and she is full of great advice on food and wine. If you like a little more action, well then hit it in the evenings when Joey tells me the place is hoppin’!

Food & Wine Pairing Recipes

Dinner with a view – Cadaretta

We got in a van not knowing how long the drive might be.  I suppose I could have looked at a map, but I’m not sure that would have helped.  We actually ended up in Oregon.  Walla Walla AVA is a border AVA with part of the AVA in Washington and part in Oregon. We […]

Cahors – Malbec from along the winding river Lot

We’ve all heard of Malbec.  First thought that popped in your head?  Big bold Argentinian Malbec.  Right?  This month with the French Winophiles we are exploring Cahors, France the original home of Malbec. History of Cahors This region sits in the south west of France about 100 miles east of Bordeaux in the Midi-Pyranees and […]

Farmer Fizz? An exploration of Grower Champagne with the French #Winophiles

Grower Champagne, Farmer Fizz it’s been called. Why do we want to drink it? Why would I prefer “a dirt to glass story” to go with my bubbly? Who wouldn’t? Quick breakdown on Champagne You are probably already aware that just because it is fizzy wine, doesn’t mean you can call it Champagne. That title […]

Vinho Verde and Arroz de Bacalhau (Rice with cod)

A simple dinner inspired by a simple Vinho Verde from Portugal. I love Vinho Verde.  I don’t typically drink soft drinks, soda, pop, coke…what ever you might refer to it as in your neck of the woods, but bubbles in my wine…well, I’m a sucker for that.  Vinho Verde, takes me back to the fresca […]

Côtes de Provençe through Rosé filled glasses #Winophiles

Provençe … Even the word itself sounds like a sigh, an exhalation. Your mind drifts to summer breezes, the fragrance of lavender in the air, warm sun on your skin, sunflowers, olive trees, elegant beaches and Provençe rosé. This month the French #Winophiles are tackling French Rosé.  Rosé, the wine of summer, can be made […]

Spring Vegetable Frittata to pair with an Alsatian Pinot Blanc

I recently had occassion to make a frittata.  We were doing a tasting of Alsatian Pinots with the French Winophiles, with some beautiful samples provided by @AlsaceWines.  When I searched for a pairing to go with the Emile Beyer Pinot Blanc, a suggestion of eggs and spring vegetables came up.  I settled on a pairing […]

A Palette of Pinots – The Hues of Alsace

What comes to mind with you think of “Pinot”? Do you think of a ruby-red pinot noir from Burgundy or a rich deep pinot from Sonoma? Is it the pale straw of a pinot grigio from Italy? Whatever color variation of this grape you thought of, you probably were not thinking of Alsace when you […]

Dipping my toe in Crémant D’Alsace

Okay, not literally… Later this month the #Winophiles are exploring Alsace as the region celebrates #AlsaceRocks.  While we were waiting for the wines for our upcoming post to arrive, I picked up a crémant d’Alsace that was available locally to pair with a weekend dinner.  This is just my quick prep work, on June 16th […]

Lambrusco and Chinese Takeout

When I was a child there were two types of wine as far as I was aware, Blue Nun and Cold Duck.  My childhood in the late 60’s into the early 70’s saw my parents hosting small parties or attending them and I remember the tall blue bottles of Blue Nun and the deep purple […]