Wine Pairings for #SundaySupper Birthday Celebration

It’s the first anniversary for #SundaySupper this week!  I was excited when I saw the theme for this week’s #SundaySupper because, while I haven’t been part of the #SundaySupper movement from the beginning (my first post was Father’s Day last year), it’s a family I feel so fortunate to be a part of.

I knew little about food blogging community before Eileen McConnell Gross of Wine Everyday invited me to be part of the #SundaySupper Movement by offering wine pairing recommendations. I’ve been blown away by the creativity, compassion, and commitment the #SundaySupper family brings to the “Family Table” every week

The #SundaySupper mission is to Bring Back Sunday Supper around the family table in every home. It starts off as one day a week and soon becomes a way of life.

I’m laughing to myself as I write this because, as a self-described ‘wino with latent foodie tendencies” I love the recipes.  They’ve given me a ton of ideas, but more importantly inspired me to take action and do more cooking.  On the other hand, it can be a challenge to come up with wine pairing for such creative recipes. I’ve been stumped a time or ten, and often have to get more information to come up with a wine pairing recommendation. I very much enjoy it though, and miss it the weeks I don’t participate.

Ultimately, I hope that my wine pairing recommendations will inspire my #SundaySupper family and their readers to try some new and different wines (and wine regions) and gain confidence in pairing wine and with the amazing dishes served up at the family table every week.

Wine Pairings for 52 weeks of #SundaySupper
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For this week’s birthday event by the #SundaySupper team was asked to choose recipes from contributors that have inspired them in the past year.  My favorite event was the 5 ingredients or less, when I limited my wine pairing recommendations to the 5 most food friendly wines.

Check out this week’s astounding recipes. My wine pairing recommendation are italicized. Click on the name of the wine to find out where to purchase.

What’s a celebration without some bubbly?! Pair these dishes with a Sparkling Blanc de Noirs, a sparkling wine made with black grapes. One of my favorites for under $20 is Chandon Blanc de Noirs.  It’s made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. It’s a lovely salmon color with a red fruit (cherry, strawberry, and red currant) character.

Try the following dishes with a Sauvignon Blanc.  Look for the 2011 Veramonte Ritual Sauvignon Blanc from Chile – it’s an elegant Sauvignon Blanc that sees a bit of oak, with pineapple, stone fruit, and citrus aromas and flavors.

Pair these dishes with a Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. I recommend the 2011 Pascal Janvier Jasnières.  It shows a core of tangy apple, citrus fruit complemented by a mineral undertone. 

Pair these dishes and what you serve with the Harissa with a Riesling.  One of my favorites is the 2010 Trimbach Riesling.  It’s dry wine from the Alsace region with delicate aromas that belie its rich, fruity tropical fruit, peach and citrus flavors:

Pair these dishes with Pinot Noir.  Look for the 2011 Hahn Winery California Pinot Noir. It has wonderful mixed berry, lavender, and spice aromatics, that follow onto the palate.

Pair these dishes with a Sangiovese. Look for the 2009 Ninety+ Cellars Reserve Lot 57 Rosso Toscana.  It’s a blend of mostly Sangiovese (80%) with the balance split between Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.  Therefore it’s a what’s referred to as a “Super Tuscan”.  It’s loaded with blackberry, black cherry, and spice character.

Pair these dishes with a red Rhône blend.  I recommend the newly released vintage of one of my favorites, the 2011 Tablas Creek Vineyards Patelin de Tablas.  It’s a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Counoise. The blend of grape varieties produces a vinous synergy resulting in a fresh juicy red fruits, spice, and mineral character.

Pair these dishes with 2010 Ridge Vineyards “Three Valleys” Sonoma Zinfandel Blend. It’s a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, Alicante Bouchet, and a significant dose of old-vine Carignane that adds depth and acidity to this tasty blend.  It’s well-balanced has a bright red berry fruit, herbal and spice character. 

Pair these dishes with a Moscato d’Asti from Italy.  Look for the 2011 Saracco Moscato d’Asti. It shows a sweet, fragrant, delicate, floral, tropical fruit, and a hint of honey character.  It’s “frizzante”, which means it’s not as effervescent as most sparkling wines. It’s a great example how a wine can work with multiple courses!

Pair these desserts with a Sauternes,  a sweet wine from the Sauternais region of the Graves section of Bordeaux. They are made from  SémillonSauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes affected by noble rot.  Look for the 2005 Guiraud Sauternes.  It has a full-bodied, honeyed, lemon tart, baked apple, baking spice, and  vanilla cream character

Pair these desserts with Port.  Look for Warre’s “Otima” 10-year-old Tawny Port. It’s a rich tawny with a toffee, caramel, honey and dried fruits character. 

This week we’re excited to announce a New Addition:  Tablescape by An Appealing Plan, Anniversary Dinner featuring Cheesecake with Fresh Berries originally posted by The Messy Baker Blog

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here → Sunday Supper Movement.


  1. Laura says:

    i have learned so much more about wine pairing from your posts. It has been fun to branch out of my comfort zone and try new wines.

    1. Support says:

      Thanks so much Laura…the feeling is mutual…I’ve been making many of the recipes the #SS team has come up with, and what a great group of individuals!

  2. Patti says:

    Nice selection Martin! I would have never paired my soup with a Pinot Noir!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Patti! Ha! Pinot Noir goes with virtually everything!

  3. It is amazing how each week you can find wines that complement all of our disparate dishes! Well done!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Dorothy! It’s a challenge at times, but I love the diverse recipes put up week in and week out by the talented #SS team!

  4. Who feels cool pairing pizza with wine? THIS GIRL DOES! Thanks so much Martin for your pairing suggestions, I always look forward to seeing them…and putting them into action!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Heather! I love that you are putting some of my recs into action!

  5. taranoland says:

    I so enjoy seeing your post. Thanks so much for the pairings!!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Tara! I so appreciate being small part of the amazing #SS team!

  6. Thank you for everything you do Martin! We appreciate your pairings!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Susan! I appreciate all the great recipes to work with!

  7. MarocMama says:

    You always impress me so much with your knowledge and ability to pull this off each week!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Amanda! It’s fun and challenging to work with such a diverse palate of recipes! Definitely an inspiration to work with the #SS team!

  8. juanitascocina says:

    Great wine pairings once again. My wife and I read this one together to learn something together! Thank you for helping us!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks for the kind words Jen! Thank YOU for some many creative recipes! I’ve made that Savory Cheesecake a few times now and it’s always a hit!

  9. It´s always so interesting to learn about wines from you, there are so many options is a pity I can´t always find them. And I like how you started cooking along Martin! Have a great day!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks for the kind words Paula…It’s a joy to work with such a great talented and smart group of foodies. And yes…I have started cooking more. Made a #WeekdaySupper recipes yesterday!

  10. Martin~ #SundaySupper wouldn’t be the same without your wine recommendations! I thank you for expanding my wine selection beyond the Chardonnay that I used to pair with every meal… no matter what was on the plate! I have really enjoyed your selections and it means so much to me that you are part of the family!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words and more importantly your support Isabel! So glad you’re expanding your wine palate too…just as I’m expanding my food palate. Now that’s a win-win!

  11. I’m so glad you joined in the Sunday Supper fun and I do want to try every one of your wine recommendations. It is tasting the world one bottle at a time. Thanks for all you have done to pair our recipes with fabulous wines.

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks for the kind words Renee…that’s one of the things I love about wine….it’s a way to travel the world virtually! Cheers!

  12. akiasi says:

    Beautiful post Martin! I’m slowly learning more about wine from you, and I think it’s a wonderful idea that you provide wine pairings every week. You’re the coolest wine guru ever!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Alaiyo! I don’t know about “wine guru”…but hit me up anytime you have questions!

  13. I love your weekly wine pairings! Vino is a compliment to any meal.

  14. Hezzi-D says:

    Great selections! I always like to see what you are recommending and then I make notes of the ones I have never tried and want to. It helps to know what type of foods to pair them with!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Heather! I hope you get a chance to try some of the pairing. Remember to experiment to find what suite YOUR palate best

  15. I always love reading what you pair things with! So glad you are part of the group!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Erin! I’m so pleased to be part of #SS!

  16. I always love your wine lists and pairings! I am totally going to look for the 2011 Pascal Janvier Jasnières!!! Thank you!!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Alice. If you do get a chance to try the Chenin Blanc. Let me know what you think. I think it’s a wonderful alternative to Chardonnay.

  17. Soni says:

    Thank you so much for your wine suggestion with my Pumpkin Donut Puffs!I will definitely look for the Moscato’d Asti!!I love fruity wines and the hint of honey sounds fantastic :)

  18. Martin, I think I say the same thing to you in my comment every week but it’s always true – I learn so much from your posts about wine. I love drinking it but I don’t know anything about it, so you bring something really valuable to the Sunday Supper table. It’s good to know that I can turn to you for some excellent recommendations. Cheers!

  19. Fantastic wine pairings as usual, Martin :) ~ Bea @ galactosemia in PDX

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Beate!

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