How To Perfectly Complement Your Dinner with Wine

IMG_6984I don’t know about you, but the perfect way to say, “I care” is with a home cooked meal. Add a bottle of wine… and BAM… instant BFF! A home cooked meal (and bottle of wine) is exactly what was waiting for me as I walked in the door Saturday evening. Sure I spent the day at a dance competition, with Sarah, while Steve and Jess took care of things around the house. We also received our first “Home Fresh” package so everyone was anxious to try out the first meal. Can you say, “winner, winner… chicken dinner”? Seriously, our first meal was pan-seared chicken with herbs de Provence. Delicious! If you haven’t tried “Home Fresh”… you must. Here’s a link to try Home Fresh & it will give you $40 off your first package. (Hint: don’t wait — try it out)

Anyway, I’m digressing…. here are some dinner choices for red, white, and sparkling wines to make dinner planning easy.

RED WINE

Rich, bold, and intense, a good Pinot Noir or Merlot also boasts a robust color in addition to a rich flavor bouquet. Foods that pair well with red wines tend to be flavorful beefs or other red meats. If you choose to pour a red wine pair it with a savory Filet Mignon topped with savory blue cheese or even a rich pork chop, perhaps served with an apple glaze? If these sound a bit too fancy, try making a pizza! It’s fun and pairs perfectly with a hearty red.

Here are a few recipes for red wines:

Blue Cheese Filet Mignon with Port Wine Sauce

Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza

WHITE WINE

Elements of oak and honey with undertones of citrus and butter make white wines easy on the tongue. Whites are more widely preferred by the wine novice, so if you’re unsure of your dinner guest’s wine preference, a white wine may be the best place to start. Foods that tend to pair well with whites include white meats, like shellfish and occasionally chicken, that have a sweet, more delicate flavor profile.

Here are a few recipes to consider:

Hearty Lobster Stew

Shrimp Risotto

Roasted Chicken with Greens

SPARKLING WINE

Finally, a sparkling wine should absolutely not be overlooked. While it can pair well with shellfish, Asian dishes, and appetizer boards, its best saved for dessert! Make the dessert a fun and interactive & whip up the deserts together as an activity for the ultimate fun!

Here are some desserts worth of the bubbly:

Chocolate Dipped Fruit Fondue

Almond Cookies

Apple Tart

Enjoy and Cheers!
Sending you big (((hugs)))

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