December 30, 2010
December 29, 2010
That's why we're kicking off a new series in the new year called "Pairing Party Mondays," where we'll team up with some of your favorite food bloggers to introduce you to the best of both worlds - cooking and wine pairing.
And even though its not technically Monday (or 2011 for that matter), we're anxious to get things started. Afterall, New Year's Eve is rapidly on the move and we're sure many of you may be hosting parties and likely have not even thought to plan your menus! Well, fear not our little Boulud's... Lisa Matthias of "The Novice Nosher" has prepared a delightful and easy-to-make Proscuitto Wrapped Pears that boast elegance without hindering your time or budget.
• 2 pears (use Bosc or Bartlett)
• 1 packages thinly sliced prosciutto
Slice the pears around the core so that you have about 4 pieces, then slice those in half. Cut or split the prosciutto in half with your hands. Wrap each slice of prosciutto around each piece of pear; the prosciutto will overlap, just place them overlap-side down on the plate and arrange to your liking.
Winobee Says: Cured meats, like proscuitto, often have a intense characteristics, and when matched with the fruitfullness of pear, provides a fragrant, delicate, sweet and balanced flavor. Your wine should match these characteristics. Try pairing with a dry sparkler, like Ferrari, from the Trentino region of northern Italy.
Tasting Notes: This bubbly is made from 100% Chardonnay and has a finesse all its own. Its ultra dry texture leaves a long finish on the tongue, but balances with fruity flavors like apple and pear that piggyback off this particular dish.
Where to Buy: J.J. Buckley Fine Wines
December 28, 2010
Best value wine offering a delicious sparkle and zest accompanied by a soft, fruit-forward flavor.
Where to Buy: BevMo
Mionetto "Il" Prosecco
Combines notes of citrus, pear and floral with a light effervescence that doesn't overpower the palate. Simply sip as-is or whip up a cocktail using vodka, triple sec and pineapple juice. You'll love the versatility!
Where To Buy: Wine.com
Unravel the bubbles of this uncomplicated champagne in a perfect, party-portable size. These 187mL bottles are great for individual consumption (who wants to share anyway?) Simply pack a few in your cooler, grab a straw and bypass the flutes!
Where to Buy: 67Wine
Banfi Rosa Regale
Softer than champagne, this light wine is made of brachetto and blends rose and raspberry aroma notes with a sweet, appealing touch of berry on the palate. It's a perfect option to bypass dessert for at your dinner party or to toast with at midnight!
Where To Buy: BevMo
Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Brut Cava
This brut cava adds elegance to any soiree. It's thick Absinthe-green glass and emblazoned solid pewter crest is enough to catch the eye, but the blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Zarello grapes within offer a satisfying fruit intensity and perfumed bouquet.
Where to Buy: Wine.com
December 27, 2010
Christmas is over, so who's ready to pop the cork on a bottle (or two) of bubbly later this week? Me! To get the best out of that bottle, here are a few tips on where to buy, what to serve and how to mix so you can uncork your new year right. The only thing left will be to pop n' pour!
- CALCULATE: A (750 ml) bottle of bubbly will pour approximately six glasses. You should plan on one and a half to two glasses per person, per hour. For a toast— one glass per person usually suffices.
- BUY: It’s best to buy wines in stores with a high turnover. Bottles could be on retailers’ shelves for months and could get overheated.
- BRING: Bringing a bottle of bubbly is a wonderful way to say thank you to your host if you are a guest. Stick it in a festive bag and you’re ready to roll!
- CHILL: It’s recommended to chill your bubbly well — either in a refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or in an ice bucket for about 30 minutes. For a quick fix you can cool it in the freezer for 30 minutes as well.
- SERVE: The recommended glass for sparkling wine is the flute. The flute is tall and elongated, and perfect for young wines.
- POUR: A glass of bubbly should never be poured more than half full. This insures that it does not get too warm sitting in your glass and the head space gives you room to appreciate it.
Check back tomorrow for our top budget bubblies to ring in the new year right!
December 21, 2010
Tis’ the season for delicious libations, which can often lead to excess calories. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes its fun to have little good binge with all things delicious! But if your anything like me, you're probably attending countless holiday soirees where those food and drinks can easily add to your waistline. So why not make a few more conscious decisions to avoid having to crash diet at the new year?
Word to the wise, bypass the heavy eggnog and serve something fun and festive that doesn't mean having to load up on lots of calories. Opt for a delicious sparkling wine cocktail, like this Sparkling Ginger Daisy PUNCH, which bypasses high quantities of fruit juices that can contain a considerable amount of unnecessary sugar. It's perfect for entertaining and will inspire guests to help themselves without the excess guilt.
Sparkling Ginger Daisy PUNCH (serves 8)
- 1 cup gin
- 1 cup ginger liqueur
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup grenadine
- Approx. 2 cups Mionetto Prosecco Brut
In a large punchbowl, stir together gin, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, and grenadine. Add large chunks of ice to keep everything chilled. Add the Mionetto, and stir again.
Serve with a ladle, and consider keeping a bowl of sliced ginger next to the punchbowl for guests to garnish their own drinks versus rimming individual glasses with unneeded sugar.
ADDITIONAL TIP: If you're looking to cut calories even further, try diluting the required amount of lemon juice with 50% water.
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- Paint the bottom of the glass a solid color and include a name in a bright color atop. Adding personalization to your gift makes it that much more special to your recipient. It's also great because it alleviates the need for wine charms... they'll always know which glass is theres!
- For the perfect wino couple, custom monogram the glasses and pair with their favorite type of wine.
- For sassy winos, create a themed glass based on your recipients favorite activity, like talking, shopping or playing sports. Spruce it up with feather boa strips or charms and pair with a sassy bottle of wine that matches your theme, like Bitch Wine or Purple Cowboy (they may not be the best tasting, but they make the overall package super fun).
December 3, 2010
December 2, 2010
- The Police "Synchronicity" -- newest to the collection, this red blend gives florals on the nose and bright berries on the palate
- Woodstock Chardonnay -- blend of tropical fruit and pear, very new world
- Rolling Stones "Forty Licks" Merlot -- offers a combination of black cherry, touch of mint and hint of cedar
- Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" Cabernet -- prominent chocolate, cassis and black currant attributes