Photo: Christine Siracusa
With spring on the horizon, comes a deliciously fresh, crunchy, tart palate of springtime fare. From crisp salad greens to artichokes, fennel, peas, asparagus and ramps – these mouthwatering veggies have never been on the list for ‘most likely to pair’ when it comes to one of our favorite libations, WINE. In the past, it’s the bitterness or the acidity of these bright and tangy greens that have kept old school wine minds steering clear of pairing wine to these elements. Today, we’re more apt to pair wines to just about any food – examining mouthfeel, acidity and tannin more closely when balancing wine to the flavors of an ingredient or dish. So, let’s sort through this list together and leave you with a list of grape gems that will keep your palate happy all spring long!
Let’s start with bright whites. From Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Grigio, a good number of bright, leafy greens like arugula and spinach are pairing besties with these tantalizing whites. Yet, the sommelier’s secret weapon...
An enormous thank you to who attended our Facebook LIVE event last night!
Chef Mike + I had a fabulous time chatting cheese and charcuterie board building with you all. We covered lots of tips, tricks + more to hosting your own cheese and charcuterie party. Not only did we cover perfect pairing tips, but we covered: how many cheeses to buy, the quantities of cheese/charcuterie to purchase for gatherings (per person), tools for your cheese board, cheese storage, party board prep (how to arrange, cut, design), other accoutrements (salts, jams, spreads, honey, vinegars, etc.) for adding to your board + more!
For the full video, watch HERE!
A listing of the wines, cheeses, and meats covered in the video covered here:
Cantina di Carpi 'Piazza Grande' Lambrusco + Dr. L Sparkling Sekt paired to all of the cheeses + meats
Berthier Coteaux du Giennois Sauvignon Blanc paired to the L'Amuse goat gouda
Francis Berwyn Pinot Gris paired to all of the cheeses + meats
Domaine de la Manarine Cotes du Rhone...
Photo: The Jason Show
All the reasons that I started Sip Better, my friends, lives right here in this recent segment I did on The Jason Show.
How do I drink wine? Low in calories, without sugar, no additives, pesticides, concentrates and free of all the other dirty little agents that can be added to wine in certain regions or countries.
Sip Better is just that -- wine produced free + clear from all of the above, only from organic/sustainable family farmers and generally low in caloric intake.
This week on Fox 9 I discuss a few tips as to 'how' to drink low in sugar/calories and the brands to avoid when perusing your local retail shelf.
Check it out!
Looking for that perfect holiday tipple + appetizer pairing that will 'WOW' your guests?
This week on The Jason Show, our very own somm, Leslee, shows off her wine-tail making skills with her original Winter (Wine) G+T Recipe paired to one of her best pal's Gougère Spinach + Artichoke Recipes.
Chef out Leslee + Chef Corey of Create Catering on The Jason Show earlier this week!
In the meantime, enjoy Leslee's Winter G+ T Recipe and learn how to make Chef Corey's delicious gougères!
A Somm's Winter G+T
Infuse approx 2oz of fresh spruce tips in to a bottle of dry London gin (Bombay or Beefeater) for 24hrs
(May infuse longer, however, be aware the longer the infusion, the more bitter your gin will become from the pine resin, etc.)
Strain spruce tips, needles, etc. from gin + rebottle
- Shake 2oz (per person) of infused gin with ice
- Pour into large Burgundy wine glass
- Top with 4oz of delicious Cava -- like this one!
Chef Corey's Spinach + Artichoke filled Gougères
Makes roughly 50...
This week we nearly broke the internet with a Thanksgiving dish that a friend of mine created for our segment on a popular local daytime television show I regularly appear on.
Chef Corey Meier, from Create Catering, whipped up an English Muffin stuffing that made our talk show host, Jason Matheson, from The Jason Show 'oooohh + ahhhh' more than any other food segment as we chatted delicious Thanksgiving sides coupled to a variety of wines perfectly paired to the dishes.
Watch the segment, grab the recipe + order up the wines -- just in time for your Thanksgiving feast (see details in the SHOP page for ordering the wines)!
Thanksgiving Dessert Alert! I'm also featuring a delicious Layered Pumpkin Pie in a Jar recipe from my gal pal, Brenda, of A Farmgirl's Dabbles. Because who doesn't need a tasty new way to enjoy pumpkin pie this holiday season? Click HERE for the recipe.
Enjoy your bites + paired Sip Better sips this Thanksgiving!
English Muffin Stuffing Paired to Domaine des...