Taste Test: Wines for Spicy Food #WinePW

wine choices for spicy food

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Tackles Enchiladas Our Wine Pairing Weekend group is nothing if not brave.  As we have gotten comfortable with our wine pairing explorations, we have started taking on tougher challenges and this month is one of our better ones: enchiladas. With wine as a daily occurrence at our dinner table, I have … Continue reading

Shrimp & Fennel Risotto with Roero Arneis #WinePW

#SummerofArneis Our Wine Pairing Weekend June session is dedicated to exploring food pairings with Arneis.  We have more entries than you can shake a stick at, so go find a bottle at your local wine shop and try one of our suggestions! At the bottom of this post, you can link to a dozen other … Continue reading

#NWTW: Assyrtiko from Greece

Ready for Something New? We’ve been away for a few weeks with vacation and vacation recovery, so I was glad to be able to re-join the weekly exploration of something new with my London friends at #NWTW.  The wine this week is Assyrtiko from Greece.  Assyrtiko is new for me, have you had it before? … Continue reading

#SauvBlancDay w/ Shrimp & Citrus Sauce

tangent sauvignon blanc shrimp with fresh citrus sauce

Happy #SauvBlancDay ! I have got to be crazy.  Julie and I board an airplane to Europe this afternoon.  We should’ve had takeout pizza last night.  But today is #SauvBlancDay, and Sauvignon Blanc is Julie’s favorite wine.  We joke that every day is #SauvBlancDay for her!  I had to find an “easy, quick” recipe so … Continue reading

Garlic Ramp Pesto on Fettucine with #NWTW Viognier

viognier shrimp calamari garlic ramp pesto fettucine

The #NewWineThisWeek assignment was Viognier from France.  I spent some quality time with a variety of Viogniers this winter, so I didn’t feel a strong pull to participate this week.  Along came Saturday, and I just couldn’t resist.  I stopped by a local wine shop and picked up a $9 Viognier from the southern Rhone.  … Continue reading

#NWTW Falanghina with Calamari & Shrimp Salad

Minnesota Spring is so short-lived.  We seem to linger, locked in winter through April and suddenly it’s 80 degrees.  Maybe that’s why we jump to spring-like meals at the first hint that winter has lost its grip!  We had 6 inches of new snow overnight, and by the afternoon, a combination of snowplows and warm … Continue reading

Shrimp Masala & Viognier

Viognier with Spicy Indian Food After some early success in this Viognier series with spicy foods, I decided to take the spice level up a notch.  Today, we’ll try a couple of nice Viogniers with Shrimp Masala. Whenever I’m looking for an Indian recipe, my first stop is My Fancy Pantry.  Shari is a food … Continue reading

Viognier & Spicy Food? – Shrimp Tacos

Viognier pairs with a number of interesting foods: Indian cuisine, curries, pork, chicken, anything in a cream sauce, moderately spicy foods. Today we’re testing Viognier with spicy foods.  We’re also trying inexpensive examples from California and France.  Let’s go! Our spicy food test dish is shrimp tacos.  Our basic tacos are barbecue-rub spicy, which is … Continue reading

Savory Shrimp Stir Fry and Burgundy – Yep!

“Bending” the Recipe to Fit the Wine When we’re on a virtual tour, some of our meals are carefully matched to the wine.  Other times, we’ll pick something for dinner and try to “bend” the recipe a bit to make it more friendly to the wine we’ll be drinking. Today, Julie had a taste for … Continue reading

Montinore Pinot Rosé & Peach – Chevre Salad

It’s the second half of August, and it has occurred to me that rosé season is rapidly coming to a close in Minnesota.  Wow, summer goes so fast!  Now we need to burn through our remaining rose before the close of the warm weather.  We can use a bottle or two at Thanksgiving, but there’s … Continue reading

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