2012 August

Some of our favorite recipe pairings….very tasty.

Charred Pepper Steak Sauce

Looking for something new to accompany your meat? Sick of the typical steak sauce and barbeque sauce? Well here is a recipe full of distinct flavors that will go with tons of different things. I would love this with a big Paso Robles Zinfandel. Lots of body and spice with hints of sweetness. Get the… read more »

Green Bean Salad with Basil, Balsamic, and Parmesan

When I was a kid, I thought that green beans were the most disgusting, unappetizing vegetable to grace my dinner plate. Who wouldn’t hate them? They looked like a pile of army green mush. But now, I love green beans…when they are fresh…just like they are in this salad. Here they are crisp and flavorful…. read more »

Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

Gnocchi is one of my favorite dishes to make and share with my family. With this Spinach Ricotta version it’s back to the basics. It is perfect for a light Chianti…nothing fancy. Straight Chianti. Serve it for your family, friends, yourself…anyone…and I guarantee you’ll knock their socks off. Enjoy! Get the recipe here from Simply… read more »

Peach & Prosciutto Bruschetta

This recipe is perfect for the summer heat. Anything with goat cheese is welcome in my house…I could eat it all day. The peaches in this treat are begging for a sparkling Rose…how refreshing!   12 slices grilled sourdough baguette 6 ounces goat cheese 12 slices thinly-sliced prosciutto 2 ripened peaches, sliced thin Good-quality olive… read more »

Olive and Goat Cheese Ravioli

As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I had to have it. How good does this look? Unreal. And you can taste it just by looking at it. With this, I am running with a Vermintino. It has just enough acid and will be right on with the flavors  presented. This is a… read more »

Island Pork Tenderloin

This recipe is an absolute knockout. It has a fun, spicy flavor that will be wonderful. However, the cumin and cinnamon proved to be a challenge when finding a wine to pair with this. If you have a nice Gewurztraminer, that should do the trick. Enjoy! Here’s the recipe from Little B Cooks.    … read more »

Ragu alla Bolognese

Love this old, standard Ragu Bolognese. It brings me back to the times I have had in Italy. With this, we can’t get past a good ol’ Chianti. There is a reason why Italian foods go with Italian wines. Delicious! Thanks to What’s Gaby Cooking for this recipe. Ingredients 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 tablespoons… read more »

Gnocchi with Squash and Sweet Corn

This is a great summer recipe for you…so light and flavorful. This is absolutely begging for a big Chardonnay. Something buttery and full bodied like a Sonoma or Napa version.Bingo, Bango. Check out the recipe from The Kitchn here.  

Skirt Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Not only is this recipe unique, but it packs a great punch. There is so much spice and flavor in this it is incredible. When finding a wine for this dish, I did have a little bit of difficulty because wine and spice are known to disagree. I think we can get a lighthearted California… read more »

Zesty Tortellini Salad

Another great twist to a classic side dish..and perfect for these summer heatwaves we’ve been having! The tough part about this pairing is the zesty flavors. I love zesty, but zesty and wine often fight. However, a rounded California Zinfandel would be fruit forward enough to take on the challenge here.   Ingredients 1 cup… read more »