Right about now, you hear a lot of Thanksgiving wine advice. But why? Why is Thanksgiving food and wine pairing such a challenge?
It’s come to my attention that May 25th was National Wine Day, and June 4 will be National Cheese Day. So this week, right in between, let’s talk about wine and cheese pairing.
Long story short, pairing wine with cheese is no different than pairing wine with any other food. So for that, let’s review my super-basic food and wine pairing tips.
The first time that the food and wine pairing light bulb went off in my head, when I had a combination that really underscored how good a good combination can be, it was thanks to a bottle of Riesling.
My husband and I were at a restaurant in San Francisco and it was one of those perfect evenings. But what sticks in my mind is taking a bite of the smoked sea bass, then a sip of the Riesling, and thinking, “Oh. My. God.”
With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away—yikes!—it’s time to start to thinking about holiday entertaining. And when I think about holiday entertaining, I think about wine tasting parties. They’re a great way to host a fun, festive time without spending a lot of money or driving yourself crazy in the process.
Whether you’re trying wines in a winery tasting room, a retail shop, or even at your own dinner table, the temptation is to take a sip and ask yourself, “Do I like this?” In other words, the natural way of thinking is to compare the just-tasted wine to all the wines you know, so as to decide whether or not to have it again.
But if that’s all you’re doing—deciding whether you like the wine or not—you’re not getting all that you can from that tasting.