Wine Pairings

Some of our favorite recipe pairings….very tasty.

Import Selection: Gewurztraminer, 1985, A. Gaschy

WOW! That was the second word we exclaimed after tasting this wine. We couldn’t get the first one out be­cause we were struck speechless by the richness. Okay, so I love great gewurztra­miner. But, this isn’t just great, it is phenomenal! More on that later. First, though, I really love the story of gewurztraminer. Gewurztraminer… read more »

Santa Anita Uncorked!

Santa Anita Uncorked – Another Wonderful Adventure in Wine and Food This year, we held Santa Anita Uncorked on 6/11, and it was a great success.  With food vendors from all across San Gabriel Valley, and Wines like no tomorrow, this was one of the best events to date.  Those who attended indulged in unlimited… read more »

Wine with Food: Malaga| Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: Malaga By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. |   The name Malaga has always intrigued me. My thoughts visualized warm Mediter­ranean breezes and balmy summer after­noons with a chilled glass of wine on a veranda overlooking the blue waters off the southern coast of Spain. The vivid scene dictated a fresh, young, fruity, style of… read more »

Wine with Food: Dry Chenin Blanc | Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: Dry Chenin Blanc By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. |   The chances of your receiving a gift bottle of California wine labeled “Dry Chenin Blanc” is higher than it used to be. There are several reasons for this, but the most impor­tant one is that more and more of our wineries are opting… read more »

Wine with Food: Tapas| Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: Tapas By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. |   A most refreshing custom of Spain is the serving of a tidbit every time wine is served. These wonderful appetizers are standard fare at all restaurants, wine bars, and gatherings. In fact, it is automatic. Most establishments will place one piece of tapas on a small plate, and… read more »

Wine with Food: Rioja | Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: Rioja By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. |   I am writing this on the eve of departing for Spain. I was motivated to the topic by my expectations of the culinary surprises I am looking for, and maybe some discoveries of wines. Spain is best known for its sherry wine. They are in a… read more »

Wine with Food: Petite Sirah | Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: Petite Sirah By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. |   Petite Sirah varietal wine suffers a per­sonality complex! It is passed up by beginners and connoisseurs, for different reasons. The person new to wines is usually enamored with the big name varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Johannisberg Riesling spending most of… read more »

Wine with Food: California Gamay Beaujolais | Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: California Gamay Beaujolais By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. | November 1984 If you are presently a white wine enthusiast yet wish to develop a red wine palate, this is the wine to start with. Many people who say they like white wines only, do so because they have usually been turned off by… read more »

Wine with Food: La Tache | Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: La Tache By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. | January 1985 I was stopped by a young mother at a shop­ping mall last month. She had her two children with her. They were restless, so I did not have the opportunity to answer her ques­tion fully. I did not catch her name. She had… read more »

Wine with Food: Pan­ache| Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: Pan­ache By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. | March 1984 I do not generally write about a single trade named product. In fact, the makers of Pan­ache do not know I have selected it for my featured wine this month. My reason for the choice is because the product is unique in the United… read more »