Celebrating Family Heritage #SundaySupper Food and Wine Pairings

This week’s #SundaySupper is all about celebrating your family’s heritage. As an avid lover of all manner of ethnic foods, I love the theme!  And wow, I was blown away by the diversity of menu!  It’s fabulous to see so many ethnicities represented.

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Such a culinary melange deserves wine pairings that are just as diverse.  With that in mind, I’m recommending wines from each of  the 4 major categories of wines (Red, White, Sparkling, and Dessert).  While Red and White wines are the most popular choices, don’t forget about Sparkling wines which not only add a bit of pizzazz to your meal , they are among the most food friendly wines.  Likewise, serve a Dessert wine for that extra special finishing touch to your meal.   My wine recommendation include wines from the U.S., Spain, Italy, and France

The key to pairing wines with such a diverse menu is to follow some practical guidelines (See “Related articles” below), and is to take advantage of food friendly wines.

I’ve devised a “Food and Wine Pairing by the numbers” scheme.  My recommended wines (bolded) are listed below.  Each recommended wine has a corresponding number.   Next to each menu item, I’ll note the number of the recommended wine.

While I’ve recommended specific wines, I encourage you substitute the same type of wine if you have a favorite, or you can’t locate one of the recommended wines.

 My wine recommendations are:
  1. Sparkling – Rosé (Mumm Sparkling Brut Rosé)
  2. Sparkling – Moscato di Asti (2010Martini & Rossi Moscato d’Asti )
  3. Red – Merlot (2009 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Merlot)
  4. Red – Sangiovese (2008 Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva)
  5. White – Albarino (2010 Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns)
  6. White – Riesling (2010 Chateau Ste Michelle Eroica Riesling )
  7. Fortified Dessert – (Yalumba Museum Reserve Antique Tawny)
While food and wine pairing can seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be.  In my experience there are very few truly awful food and wine pairings.  The key is to experiment, and discover which combinations you like best.  For example, I bet a few of the desserts go best with a cold glass of milk;-)

Here’s the Celebrating Family Heritage #SupperSunday menu:


  1. Martin, we are honored to have you join #sundaysupper and I can’t wait to try your wine recommendations! Thank you!

    1. You’re most welcome. I’m looking forward to offering wine pairing for future menus. This is exciting stuff!

  2. Great list of wines you chose to pair with this diverse menu. I’ve had wines from all 7 of the producers, and they are consistently reliable, well made wines.
    You are right when you say there are few awful pairings and great that you’ve encouraged your readers to think beyond red OR white, and that some dishes can be paired with EITHER a red or a white.
    Cheers and Bon Appétit!

    1. Thanks Eileen! And thanks for the introduction to SS. I’m looking forward to trying some recipes!

  3. Renee Dobbs says:

    Thank you so much for your excellent wine pairings. I am so happy you joined us for the heritage celebration for #SundaySupper. Cheers to you and your family!

    1. Thanks so much Renee…a #SupperSunday cheers to you and yours too!

  4. juanitascocina says:

    What a fabulous listing of wines! I am so excited to learn more! Thanks for pairing my chocoflan with something delicious!!!

    1. You’re welcome! That wine should work very well with your chocoflan. I’m going to give that a try. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  5. Conni Smith says:

    Thank you for the wonderful pairings!!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m pleased to be a part of #SS, and I’m looking forward to more food and wine pairings (foodie version), or wine and food pairings (wino version);-)

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