What's Your Favorite Food and Wine Pairing?

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Food Pairings, Wine | One Comment

Red Velvet Pairings

red_velvet_menu_photo_by_Shelly BowenWe found the new wine bar Red Velvet in Little Italy.

The descriptions of wines were original and distinct. But the selection of small plates and wine pairings really did us in.

Every sip, every taste, every pairing was such a rich experience. Sitting high at the U-shaped bar and watching all the activity was entertainment all on its own. Wine pouring, chef presenting, bottles of sparkling wine sighing. It was like a party where we didn’t know anyone, but that was fine by us.

How fun would it be to have our own wine bar food pairing party? We just need some ideas …

Update, March 2012: Red Velvet has sadly closed it’s doors. The good news is that the very excellent Underbelly has opened in the space. Don’t go for the wine — this place is all about ramen!

Red Wines We Love to Sip

We were unable to find any of the wines from Red Velvet‘s highly selective wine list at our local bottle shop. And we weren’t surprised. Here are a few of our easily accessible (and less expensive) wine favorites: Unruly Redtable wine (California).Irony Cabernet (Napa, California)

10 Mile red table wine from Nine North (California)

Zynthesis Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi, California)

What are you drinking?

Wine and Small Plate Pairings Ideas

Chardonnay and asparagus soup

Sauvignon blanc and sushi or tomato and pesto torta

Pinot noir and pork tenderloin

Merlot blend and slow-roasted beef

Shiraz and mini chocolate cupcakes (made with dates!)

More wine pairing help from THH wine editor Diane.

We need more great pairings! Give us your suggestions below, on Facebook or on Twitter.

CAUTION: When having people over for wine, be sure to make water well accessible. No one wants a wine headache the next day.

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1 Comment

  1. Leslie
    May 26, 2010

    A good French rosé with anything summer-y/South of France-ish; like tapenade, crusty bread, cheese, proscuitto, cornichons, grilled asparagus with lemon and parmesan…


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