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I Need a Cocktail: Wine Guide Part I
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I Need a Cocktail: Wine Guide Part I

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With the holiday season upon us, I thought it would be a fabulous idea to share a sort of beginner's Guide To Wine with the Influenster Nation. Wine is not only a part of my ancestral heritage but also a huge part of my family background. The cherished memories of watching my father and grandfather turn our garage and backyard into a miniature makeshift winery every late October and November still lingers in my thoughts. 

My wish is to pass along my passion for family tradition with fellow foodie lovers. Whether you'll be hosting holidays dinners, cooking with friends or simply enjoying a gourmet get together, may this easy guide to wine pronunciation and food pairing be of some use to you. While there are general rules of specific wines that rightfully compliment certain particular foods, the real rule of drinking wine is first and foremost that of individual pleasure. If you find drinking a wine that tastes good with any food dish you're serving, then that's the right wine for you! Happy Holidays to you and your family! Ciao! Stay beautiful!

PART I: HOW TO PAIR WINE WITH FOODS

FISH

Shellfish- Fume Blanc

Grilled Salmon- Pinot Noir

Poached Salmon- Chardonnay

White Fish With Sauce- Semillon

White Fish Light Sauce- Chenin Blanc

Trout, Freshwater Fish- Chenin Blanc, Fume Blanc, Grenache Rose

Oysters- Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc Lobster- Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc

LAMB

Lamb Chops- Zinfandel

Roasted or Grilled- Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon

Heavy Sauce- Merlot, Burgundy

BEEF/VEAL

Roast beef or Plain Steak And Hamburger- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Beef With Brown or Red Sauce- Zinfandel

Grilled Veal- Pinot Noir

Roasted Veal- Semillon

Veal In Cream Sauce- Chardonnay

BBQ- Rioja, Chablis, Baco Noir, Sangria (wine punch)

PORK

Roasted- Pinot Noir

Chops- Zinfandel

Ham- White Zinfandel, Grenache Rose, Gewurztraminer

CHICKEN

Grilled- Fume Blanc

Roasted or with Brown sauce- Cabernet Sauvignon, Carigne

Chicken in cream sauce- Chardonnay

Plain- Champagne or Dry Riesling

Turkey- Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Dry Riesling

CHINESE FOOD

Egg rolls, dumplings- Sauvignon Blanc

Chow Mein, veggie dishes- Chardonnay

Light meat dish thick sauce- Pinot Noir

Spicy dishes- Gewurztraminer

PASTA & PIZZA

Pasta with red sauces- Chianti, Cabernet Sauvignon

Pasta with (white) cream sauce- Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc

Pizza (to compliment the tomato sauce) Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chianti, Merlot

INDIAN FOOD

For most dishes- Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

CHEESE

Strong flavor, sharp, Zinfandel

Blue cheese- Cabernet Sauvignon

Sharp Cheddar- Petite Sirah

Soft, mild- White Zinfandel

Monterey Jack, Chardonnay

Creamy desert with fruit (Brie, Camembert, etc) Muscat Canelli

Gruyere, Chardonnay, Port, Sauvignon Blanc

Goat Cheese- Strong Champagne

Colby- Port, Champagne

Gouda- Champagne

CHOCOLATE (Not kidding!)

Dark chocolate, Berry Chocolates- Cabernet Sauvignon

Milk Chocolate- Asti Spumanti, Prosecco

Truffle style chocolates- Merlot

Belgium and hazelnut- Riesling

For more great tips from Maria, visit her blog at Venus Loves Virgo!

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