It can be a blissful occasion and a union of tantalizing flavors that complement each other in Wine and Chocolate Pairing, a.k.a. Cocoa-Vino matrimony. As February has been deemed the month of all things hearts and cupids and you are
guilted compelled by the lure of commercialization to purchase that glossy red box of confectionary delights and a glistening bottle of wine to accompany, take note! Not all Cocoas will play nice with all Vinos…and vice versa.
Tis the Season for sitting near the fireplace while the tree is lit and glistening and sipping on a steaming hot mug of mulled wine. (If fireplace is missing, download fireplace app on your phone now. Proceed…)
What IS the BEST Wine Cooler, anyway? Like any purchase-able item in America, we have too many options to choose from. This can make decision-making “easy” in the sense that you can choose what suits you best, but it can also make researching a product very time-consuming and grueling because there are a million options to choose from. Right?
To become a master of anything, you first need to know the basics. That’s why I’m embarking on a Wine 101 Series to get to know our grapes better. Without going all text book-y on you, my goal is to give you a taste of the history behind some of the more well-known wines and then throw in a few rogue varieties just to mix things up a bit – which, really, is another series all together ie) blends. So without further adieu, let’s start with one of my favorites: Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the heat of a summer’s evening, sitting out on your back porch, mingling with close friends while the men guard the BBQ, you enjoy a glass of that crisp, fruity, blushing drink we call Rose Wine. But just how rosy is your rosé? Is it the pretty in pink type? Maybe a lovely aubergine hue? Or perhaps a sunset orange color? The color of your blushing glass reveals how your Rosé was produced and what variety of grape was used.
Food and wine pairing…does it really make a difference what wine you pair with your food? I mean, to be totally honest, I drink my favorite Cab with pretty much anything. Especially if it’s the end of a Friday and mama just needs to loosen up a little, ya know? However, the more I read about wine and the complexities of this luxurious libation, the more I do want to branch out and think outside my Cab box and maybe, just maybe try something new.
Make your own wine! It isn’t as complicated as it sounds. In fact, you don’t even need to go out and buy an expensive starter kit. With a few essentials, some yummy fruit and patience, you can have yourself some great tasting wine that was made by your own hands, or feet! (if you’re going old school ;))