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

Bordeaux Bubbles? #Winophiles

Bordeaux… You think rich red wines, Cabernet or Merlot based. Or perhaps you think of Sauternes, those luscious sweet wines from southwest Bordeaux. But when you think of Bordeaux, do you think of bubbles? Probably not. It’s not easy to find crémant de Bordeaux in the US. I checked local wine shops, to no avail […]

Nesting and pairing – polenta with red pepper and eggplant with a Rhône Style blend

Many of us, find ourselves staying in more these days. As I write this, Broadway has announced that all theatres over 500 seats will go dark through April. I sit in Vegas, a member of the entertainment industry, waiting to see what will happen here. I have friends in Washington, who are staying at home. […]

Though the mountains may crumble…Apremont and some Alpine pairings #Winophiles

Inspired to find some “Godforsaken Grapes” At Cam’s suggestion, I picked up Jason Wilson’s “Godforsaken Grapes” to read for this month’s French #Winophiles piece. I’ve been devouring it whenever I have a moment free. On Saturday February 15th, the #Winophiles will gather on Twitter to talk about indigenous french grapes, “godforsaken grapes” if you will, […]

A tale of two syrahs

It’s no secret that I am a syrah lover. I love it’s wild side, it’s unpredictablility. Winemakers find it to be a malleable grape, one that can take off on tangents. Soil, climate and winemaking technique can affect this grape, making syrah from different regions dramatically different in the glass. I listened to winemakers across […]

French Wine…where to begin? #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are diving into a French Wine 101.  It’s timely as we all enter our comments to the government in opposition to proposed 100% European wine tariffs.  (If you have not heard about this, I’ll post some links at the bottom for more information.) We have done a bit of writing […]

How to measure a year – 2019, specifically..

Years….they used to take forever! No longer. Now they often seem to speed by in a blur. The coming of the New Year makes me nostalgic. I sit warm, happy with a full belly and I remember that this is not to be taken for granted. Time for a little reflection and gratitude. I head […]

12 Days of Wine Day 12 – Syncline

Syncline Let’s start with the name. Syncline…where does that come from? It was a new word to me. This winery & vineyard in located in the Columbia Gorge AVA. Vineyards are typically in scenic areas. Grapes like a view. But the Columbia Gorge? Come on…this is a pretty stellar backdrop. So…back to the meaning of […]

12 Days of Wine Day 10 – Girardet

If you have tried today’s variety I want to hear about it! This is Baco Noir, a French American hybrid created by Francois Baco from folle blanche (which is a wine grape from France) and a red grape of the vitis riparia species (comes from America, but the exact grape is unknown). This variety is […]

12 Days of Wine Day 9 – Wooldridge Creek

We are sticking to Southern Oregon today, but…we are into a white wine. Viognier is a white Rhône variety that has found a home in the new world. It is thought to be the leading white variety in Virginia, where it does very well. You will find it in California where it can vary in […]