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

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Wines To Pair with Thanksgiving Leftovers #SundaySupper

I was excited when I saw this week’s #SundaySupper theme – “What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers“.  The theme provides a perfect opportunity to broach the perennial, and all to often fraught with anxiety, topic of which wines to pair with the Thanksgiving meal.  For you see, many of today’s Thanksgiving leftovers are a prime example of the challenge Thanksgiving presents.  It’s not the Turkey, which is the centerpiece of the meal, it’s the diversity of food and the corresponding tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and unami ) presented by the sides, sauces, desserts, etc.  Not to mention the diversity of preferences among those gathered around your table.

My recommendations for seizing this wonderful opportunity 😉 are twofold.  First, select food friendly wines, and secondly depending on how many folks are gathered around your table, have a wide assortment of wines from sparkling wines to whites, rosés,  and reds.

Wines To Pair With Thanksgiving Leftovers #SundaySupper

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The other reason I’ve been looking forward to this week is more personal. My signature dish for Thanksgiving is a Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brown Sugar and Bourbon Cream. It’s seriously good cheesecake that my family loves.  But every year I have leftover pumpkin puree I swear I’m going to use after Thanksgiving, but inevitably end up finding in the back of the fridge sometime in January!  Not only that, one can only eat so many Turkey sandwiches! So I’m looking forward to the inspiring and creative recipes the #SundaySupper put on the Family table this week!

Check out this week’s lineup and my corresponding recommended wine pairings.

Breakfast & Brunch

Sparkling wines are underrated as food pairing partners, but for my money they offer the most breadth in terms of pairing.  They can work not only as an aperitif, but throughout the meal through to dessert. Pair these items with Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé.  It’s a sparkling rosé from Alsace, France with a soft, fruity strawberry, raspberry and a hint of citrus peel character that will be a good match for the sweet character of these delicious breads.  Go ahead, slather butter on them, the bubbles will cleanse your palate and get you ready for the next bite!

Main Course

Pair these dishes with a Chardonnay.  I like the 2010 Michael Pozzan “Annabella-Special Selection” Napa Valley Chardonnay because of its judicious use of oak, bold, yet balanced acid profile and tropical fruit, citrus, vanilla, and clove character.  It doesn’t hurt that it was #75 on the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Values for 2012 either! 

Pair these well spiced aromatic dishes with Riesling.  I love the 2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling. It’s off-dry  with vibrant acidity and a beautiful white peach, grapefruit and mineral character.
Pair these dishes with a white Rhone blend. What’s great about blends is that the combination of grape varietals creates vinous synergy – a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. Look for the 2011 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc. It’s a blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. It’s a crisp and aromatic wine with honeysuckle and stone fruit aromas that follow onto the palate. It also has very good acidity and an appealing minerality that make it versatile food partner.
Dry rosés are not just for summer, they can also work well for Thanksgiving too.  But avoid the sweet “White Zinfandel-ish pink wines!  The sweetness will clash with your cranberry relish and these wines lack the palate refreshing acidity to be versatile food partners.  One of my favorites is the 2011 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigar, a tasty blend of Grenache, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Mourvèdre that is chock full of strawberry, stone fruit, watermelon, and citrus flavors.

Pair these dishes with Pinot Noir – a classic Thanksgiving recommendation because it’s fruity, low tannin high acidity nature.  On top of that, many Pinot have a cranberry, herbal, and baking spice character that complement, not only the turkey, but the timings too.  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 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. 

Soups, Salads, Sides & Starters

Pair these with a Brut sparkling wine, which is the most food friendly style of sparkling wine. One of my favorites is Mumm Brut Prestige. It shows biscuit, sweet citrus, red fruit and subtle floral aromas.  and cherry , vanilla and citrus flavors with a creamy mouthfeel. 

Pair these dishes with a Sauvignon Blanc.  I recommend the 2010 Leese-Fitch Sauvignon Blanc. It’s dry, crisp and clean, with citrus, flower and mineral flavors. 

Pair this dish with 2010 Ridge Vineyards “Three Valleys” Sonoma Zinfandel Blend

Sweets & Desserts

Pair this dessert with a Sauternes, a sweet white wine from France.  Look for the 2009 Chateau Doisy-Vedrines Sauternes.  It’s a rich and layered, with good acidity and a complex honeyed citrus, floral, white peach, fig and persimmon character.  And if you happen to have any leftover apple pie or fruit based desserts…Yum!

Pair these desserts with an Oloroso Sherry, a rich dense style of sherry.  I recommend the Sandeman Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Rich Old Oloroso Royal Corregidor. This one is redolent of caramel, butterscotch and fig, with notes of pear, orange and raisins, and a long sensual finish. And should you happen to have any leftover pumpkin, sweet potato, or pecan pie…O…M…G!

*Clink* – Here’s to you and your loved ones.  Remember that Thanksgiving is, most of all, a time to be thankful – for family, friends, and life’s many pleasures, including great food and wines. Happy holidays!

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