This is the ninth of an ongoing series of wines and food pairings
Wine, it's the perfect beverage for a romantic dinner, a go-to for a casual get-together/party and a holiday meal is complimented by it. Whether it's a meal for two, a small party for friends or a gathering of family, having the right wine elevates the occasion.
And while most people follow the basic rule of thumb - red wine for beef and white wine for chicken - selecting the right wine can still be challenging. What KIND of red for that roast beef? Or, What KIND of white for that lemon chicken dish? Does dessert call for a different wine?
The choices are many and can be intimidating, with the reds there's Merlot; Cabernet Sauvignon; Zinfandel; Syrah/Shiraz; Malbec; Pinot Noir; Nebbiolo; Sangiovese; Grenache and all kinds of red blends to choose from.
With the whites there's Chardonnay; Sauvignon Blanc; Moscato; Pinot Grigio; Riesling; Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Torrontes, Albarino and yes, white wine has it's share of blends as well.
So you walk into the liquor store in need of a bottle of wine for a dinner date or special occasion...
Sure, you can rely on the store attendant to help you with a selection but that can be hit or miss. A good attendant will ask you if you prefer wines on the sweeter or dryer side and what you might be pairing it with. But keep in mind the attendant's palate is different than yours, their sweet and dry preferences are different than yours and they might try to push a particular brand on you that's in the store's best interest, not yours. So why not walk in the store knowing what you need? That's what this guide is for, to help you with food pairings, what is sweet, what is dry and getting a good wine for under $15 a bottle. That's the Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly thing to do, get something nice, without paying too much for it.
For previous reviews, click on the link below:
- The first wine and food pairing article featured Merlot.
- The second article featured Cabernet Sauvignon.
- The third article featured Zinfandel
- The fourth article featured Syrah a.k.a. Shiraz
- The Fifth article featured Malbec
- The Sixth article featured Pinot Noir
- The Seventh article featured Nebbiolo
- The Eighth article featured Sangiovese
Today's featured wine: Grenache
Originally cultivated in Spain, the Grenache grape is now common in wine valleys around the world. The Grenache is sold as a single varietal but it's most popular by producers as a blending grape due to its medium to low acidity, medium tannins and high alcohol. This wine has fruity notes of black cherry, raspberry and strawberry balanced with some spice such as star anise, cinnamon and black pepper. Grenache pairs really well with slow cooked meats, hearty stews and chili. For meatless options think oven baked pasta dishes with cheese and veggies to include mushrooms, bell peppers, eggplant and zucchini. The cheeses you'll want on your charcuterie board should include pepper jack, brie and mild cheddar. For dessert be sure to select a sweet Grenache (the longer its aged, the drier it gets), this is a good red wine for a classic pairing with chocolate, pretty much chocolate anything. Serve it slightly chilled, at 60 - 65 degrees, refrigerate about 30 minutes before serving and after popping the cork, let it breathe for about 10 minutes.
Bachelor on the Cheap Recomendation: Vega Sindoa El Chaparral Grenache - $15. Hailing from Spain, this is a critically acclaimed wine by the Wine Advocate. Winemaker notes: Bright red. Suave raspberry and cherry preserve aromas are compelling and sexy. Musky herbal and floral qualities add complexity to the nose but fade into the red berry aromas, which continue on the palate.persistent.
Next Up in the series: White wines are up next!
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