WINE AND SCENE PAIRINGS
I like a good wine and food pairing as much as the next person, but sometimes I am more concerned about which wine fits best with my current surroundings vs. what I'm eating. Here are some thoughts on good wine and scene combinations.
- •Pinot Grigio at a WeddingPinot Grigio, to me, tastes pretty bland regardless of the price point. If I'm at a wedding or a formal work event, Pinot Grigio is a good choice because I probably won't be disappointed if it's cheap and more importantly, my teeth won't turn red.
- •Sauvignon Blanc at the BeachMy favorite Sauvignon Blancs are aged in steel and taste like citrus. I love a cold, refreshing Sauv Blanc when I'm at the beach, because the lemon/lime flavors are even better with the heat and salt in the air.
- •Prosecco at a Weeknight Happy HourI like drinking Prosecco after work, because not only does it help you maintain professionalism by avoiding red wine teeth, but it's a great way to have a mini celebration that the work day is over! It also makes you look classy and is a good conversation starter. You can say interesting things like, "Prosecco is the new beer!" Of course, Prosecco works well for really any kind of celebration.
- •Chardonnay in Desperate SituationsBecause I have only met a few Chardonnays that I liked, especially when oaked...
- •Dry Rosé while Dining Outdoors in the SummerRosé has become the perfect summer choice over the past few years. It's fun to have a pink drink of course and the chill makes it refreshing in the heat. Sparkling rosé is a nice celebratory wine when brunching with girlfriends in the summer too.
- •Zinfandel with NetflixI love Zinfandel with my TV shows, because it's a comfy, versatile wine that sticks with me through many episodes. (Zinfandel also pairs well with TV since it's good with pizza!)
- •Cabernet Franc with the Christmas SeasonMany people can drink Cab Franc year-round, but I prefer it in December. The intense pepper notes are a personal favorite of mine during the Christmas season, when we're adding spices to all sorts of things. When it's getting cold outside, I can't think of anything better than some Cab Franc in front of the fireplace.
- •Merlot with a Good BookSupportive and unassuming, a glass of Merlot will continue to be there as I turn page after page of a good book. Merlots do a great job adding to the reading experience and not detracting.
- •Cabernet Sauvignon on Valentine's DayA nice Cab Sauv is a special wine and it deserves the right context to be enjoyed. Cab Sauvs work well for any romantic evening, particularly in the Fall, Winter, or early Spring. If I drink it in the summer, it needs to be after the sun goes down or maybe after I've had a lighter red wine first.
- •Malbec with Good Friends on a Snowy DayI know that the best Malbecs come from Argentina, but I prefer a different climate when drinking this wine. Malbecs can be so hearty and intense that I think they are best to consume indoors, while snuggling up with your best friends and watching the snow fall.