Riesling is considered the most noble of all of the grapes. The reason? Riesling makes a classic wine at every sweetness level. Although most people only know the sweet Riesling, some Alsatian Rieslings can be bone dry. Our menu calls for a dry Riesling with an Alsatian Pizza called flammekueche. Click above for more information including recipes. Pinot Noir is one of the most difficult grapes to grow and vinify. But the result can be spectacular. The flagship wines are, of course, the classic Pinots from Burgundy. But the grape has found a second home in Oregon. Great pairings often stay close to the source, so we have chosen Boeuf Bourguignon to accompany our Pinot. Click above to get the recipe and find out more on Pinot Noir.
Sauvignon Blanc is on the rise and most of the thanks goes to New Zealand and their tart, grassy, in-your-face style. If you prefer something more subtle, try a Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé from the Loire Valley in France. Our menu for Sauvignon Blanc includes Tilapia in a cilantro buerre blanc. To read more about Sauvignon Blanc click above. Once considered only as the blending partner of Cabernet in Bordeaux, Merlot made a name for itself in California as a friendly and approachable varietal. Although not as popular as it once was, Merlot based wines can be opulent and complex. Find out who makes the world's most expensive Merlot and then pair your selection with our Currant and Plum Pork. Just click above.
If Cabernet Sauvignon is considered the King of Grapes, then Chardonnay would be the Queen. Chardonnay is planted all over the world, and if guided by the careful hands of the vintner, can make a classic wine everywhere it is planted. Great California examples now rival Burgundy, with Australia on their heels. For this meal we chose garlic shrimp and escargots in parsley butter. Click above for more. For the title of world's greatest, the amazing Rhone Valley Syrahs of France are duking it out with the powerful Shiraz of Australia. Hermitage and Penfolds Grange are classic examples of both styles. The perfect pairing with the bold syrah based wines is lamb. We have a great recipe and more information on the grape with two names if you click above.
Rosés are seeing a big resurgence of late. As a matter of fact, in France they are outselling their much more famous white counterparts. Pictured is the Grenache grape which is one of the most popular varieties for making the so called blush wines. Pair your rosé with marinated smoked salmon and baked chevre for a wonderful light meal with style. Click above. Once considered America's noble grape, it has now been determined that Zinfandel, too, has its origins in Europe. But even so nobody makes a Zinfandel like California. Try a taste test with its Italian brother called Primitivo. We paired our big California Zinfandel with beef kebabs in a chocolate barbecue sauce. Click above for this delicious recipe.
There was a time when the lowly Gamay was kicked out of Burgundy by Philip the Bold to make room for his preferred Pinot Noir. But there is much more to Gamay than Beaujolais Nouveau. Sit down to a dinner of cornish hens in rasberry gravy and a bottle of Fleurie, a top Cru Beaujolais. Just click above for more information. Cabernet Sauvignon is the King of the Grapes. Although a relatively new player on the world wine scene, this offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc creates some of the world's greatest and most long lived wines. Although very different in style, Bordeaux and Napa are both world leaders. Try Cabernet Sauvignon with our traditional hearty beef stew. Click above.
Chianti is one of the world's great food wines. It pairs well with so many dishes. The grape that is the basis for these Tuscan wines is Sangiovese, which is also at the heart of Brunello, a pricey blockbuster of a wine. We stayed traditional and paired our Sangiovese with a delicious vegetarian lasagne. Click above for more on the grape and our italian recipes. Sweet wines have seen their fortunes fall over the last few years. This is too bad because some of the world's most expensive and rarest wines are quite sweet. The grape pictured here is the delicately flavored Muscat grape, a popular dessert wine choice. Reconsider these wines as we taste test six amazing selections with six delicious desserts. Click above for the recipes and tasting infomation.