Wines that pair well with Lamb
Lamb is one of the most wine-friendly of meats and will sing savory duet with a red Bordeaux or Rioja just as nicely as it would paired with a fruitier New World Cabernet or Zinfandel-driven blend.
Marques de Murrietta Rioja Reserva 'Finca Ygay' 2014
"This red has a lovely texture, polished and deep. The flavors are a bit muted, but reveal notes of cherry preserves, candied orange, dried herbs and vanilla, with light, firm tannins and orange peel acidity. Harmonious, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2026." ~ WS
Delas Freres Crozes Hermitage 'Grand Chemins' 2013
"Dark berry, cherry, olive and woodsmoke scents, peppery spice and floral qualities. Juicy, penetrating and focused, fresh blackberry and bitter cherry flavors with zesty acidity. Shows very good depth and clarity, finishing sweet, smoky and long. 100% Syrah." ~ WA
Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2017
"Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Intense cherry and red berry scents, along with hints of cracked pepper, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated red currant, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly and turn sweeter on the back half. Fine-grained tannins build on a long, spice-laced finish that leaves behind a suggestion of cherry compote." ~ VM
Wines that pair well with Chicken or Turkey
Quite possibly everyones favorite anyday/anytime roast. Although friendly matches can easily be found with both red and white wine, what becomes a key compatability factor is the seasonings, marinade or stuffing applied to the bird and the sides you are serving with it.
Domaine de Piaugier Sablet Rouge 2016
An old-vine Grenache and Syrah cuvee picked from plots around Sablet that is representative of this up-and-coming Cotes-du-Rhone Village. Lovely spicy exotic aromas with a hint of liquored cherries introduce you to this mouth-filling and deliciously deep wine which tapers to a long, fine and surprisingly elegant finish.
Bouchard Pere & Fils Cote de Beaune-Villages 2014
Immediately bright and spicy, with inviting notes of wild red berries and plums. Even as the tannins are warmly rustic, the Pinot Noir fruit is fleshy, velvety and quite suave. A pretty Red Burg (and at a very attractive price!) that continues to invite you back for yet another sip.
Wines that pair well with Ham
Recipes for baked ham vary but generally include some element of sweetness to counteract the relative saltiness of the meat. There may be spice in the glaze too which calls for a red or white with generous ripe fruit - in other words an element of sweetness too. Here are some suggestions:
Domaine Schlumberger Pinot Gris 'Les Princes Abbes' 2015
"Opens with a clear and super ripe but well-defined and fresh bouquet of ripe seed fruits, along with some mineral and herbal flavors. Pretty rich, ripe and elegant on the palate, this is a medium to full-bodied, well structured and aromatic Pinot in a dry but aromatic style. Fresh, pure and elegant; the finish is very food-friendly in its dry but aromatic style. Impressive quality at this price point." ~ WA
Hexamer Riesling Nahe 'Quarzit' 2015
'Lime blossoms and a touch of spice on the nose. White peach and apple fruit with mineral notes on the palate. Fresh, bright and crisp on the tongue, long and lingering mineral-laced finish.' ~ VM
J.P. Brun 'Terres Dorees' Beaujolais 'L'Ancien' V.V. 2017
Mineral and spice-tinged aromas of fresh red berries with a zesty mineral overtone. Energetic raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors, touch of candied lavender. Fine-grained tannins, sharply focused, very good finishing clarity. This Gamay jumps out of the glass and dances all over your palate!
ZINFANDEL / ZIN BLEND:
Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek 2015
"With 8% Petite Sirah, this is a velvety herbaceous Zin bottling with earthy undertones that presents as both rustic and refined. Leathery black pepper meets mushroom and cedar as the medium-ripe flavors lead to a juicy finish." ~ WE
ITALIAN RED BLEND:
Locations 'I' Italian Red Blend 2016
A blend of Negroamaro and Nero d’Avola from the Southern region of Puglia, combined with Barbera from Piemonte in the North - these diverse components were meticulously assembled by Dave Phinney of Orin Swift and represent the finest varietal expressions from each region. The result is a vibrant wine that captures the spirit of Italy with a touch of new world bravado.
Wines that pair well with Salmon
Salmon is in many ways the chicken of the fish world - an ingredient you can serve in many different ways and therefore match with a number of different wines. That said, it's a rich fish, often served with cream or butter and therefore a natural candidate to pair with a medium-to-full-bodied white wine such as chardonnay. But nowadays it's often served raw or grilled which opens to the door to many other wine pairings
Gradis'cuitta Collio Bianco 'Bratinus' 2015
"Clean, slight grassy and peppery notes on the nose. Very herbaceous with tropical mango notes intertwined in between. Very rich and complex almost Gruner Veltliner in style. A great example and appealing wine with a long finish. Bravo!" A unique blend of Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla and Sauvignon."
DECANTER 95 PTS
Broadside 'Wild Ferment' Chardonnay Central Coast 2016
"Ripe pear and nectarine aromas show good clarity and pick up smoky lees and toasted grain nuances with aeration. Silky and open-knit, offering concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors complemented by suggestions of fennel and honey. The smoky quality comes back on a long, smooth finish that leaves behind a refreshingly bitter pear skin note." ~ VM
Broadley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2017
"This elegant, sophisticated wine dramatically out-performs its price point. The luminous color, pretty floral aromatics and subtle integration of fruit all suggest a wine that could easily bear a reserve label. Raspberry and cherry fruit, sweet spices, polished tannins and supple acidity pull it together nicely, even at such a young age. EDITOR'S CHOICE." ~ WE