Monthly Archives: November 2015

Oversold and Underappreciated Premise of Wine Pairing


MWWC_logoThis post is an entry for the 21st Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC21), with the theme of “Pairing”. Previous themes in the order of appearance were: Transportation, Trouble, Possession, Oops, Feast, Mystery, Devotion, Luck, Fear, Value, Friend, Local, Serendipity, Tradition, Success, Finish, Epiphany, Crisis, Choice, Variety.

Let’s start from the mini quiz – is food and wine pairing an art or a science? Or is it neither and the question makes no sense?

I’m sure you can successfully argue both sides, as they do in debate competitions. Technically, cooking process is based on science – heat conduction, protein’s reaction to heat and cold, combining acid and alkaline – we can go on and on, of course the scientific approach to the food and then the pairing can be argued very well. But one and the same dish can be flawlessly composed from the scientific point of view – think about…

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MWWC #21: Pairing

The Wine Raconteur

“Red wine with fish. Well that should have told me something.”
“You may know the right wines, but you’re the one on your knees. How does it feel old man?”

That exchange was from the second James Bond film “From Russia with Love” in 1963 and I was just nine years old at the time. It was an eye opener for me, at such a young age, especially since I had seen the first film at age eight. Here was a world that was totally new to me and there were rules about dining that I never even knew about. Jim of JVB Uncorked won last month’s Monthly Wine Writers Challenge and the new theme that he decided on was “pairing.”

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As I read more and more Wine Blogs and other articles, I have discovered that I am a bridge between the old days when few people drank wines and…

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MWWC 21: Perfect Pairings to the Perfect Pairings



I’m not skint, but I’m not exactly feeling flush either. A year after leaving gainful employment to join the wine industry and things have gone pretty well. I’m feeling a lot less like an amateur having a go, and a bit more like I know what I’m doing and what I’m talking about. Well, to an extent anyway. But as with any start up business, you don’t exactly get a shed load of money back out initially. So the belt needs tightening here and there. 

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A Pairing Dilemma…Bacon S’Mores?

Humble Wine Snob

imageI was invited to participate in a Wine Writing Challenge which you can find hereand the theme is “Pairing.” Pairingisan easy topic for wine as we’re always trying to figure out what wine goes with what food. It’s even gone so far as to pairing wines with movies, moods, colors, and erectile dysfunction (yes, you read it right…check out HoseMaster of Wine’s tongue-in-cheek articlehere). In my case, I had a pairing crisis…

Okay…maybe not really a crisis. No one was bleeding to death, a national disaster wasn’t determined. We were at Bacon Festa couple of weeks ago in Easton, Pennsylvania. There is actually a festival entirely about bacon. Bacon in every form imaginable and even some you can’t. Bacon bloody mary’s, bacon croissants, bacon smoothies, bacon empanadas, bacon bourbon shots, bacon waffles, bacon poutine, bacon ice cream, bacon hats, bacon costumes, bacon themed t-shirts, and so…

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The Sound of Wine – #MWWC21


The Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (MWWC21) theme for this month, chosen by the last winner JVB Uncorked, is Pairing.

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When asked to consider the term pairing in relation to wine many will beeline right to the subject of food. But as of late food isn’t the only thing we find ourselves paring wine with. There has been a large amount of tasters, novice and expert, interested in how wine pairs with other topics such as music, art, label design, social surroundings, and more. It seems that people don’t just want to drink for the sake of enjoying a wine as much as they want it to entertain them as well. Are these pairings a sign that we’re trying to make wine more interesting, and if so, when did it get boring? …a valid question, but I digress. These pairings focus on synaesthesia, specifically how our…

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Wine: Is There Such Thing As A Perfect Pairing?



My brother-in-law was over recently, relaxing on a fall Sunday in the easy chair by the basket of magazines. He read from an old Wine Spectator (M Chapoutier was on the cover, a saved gem). “It says here, don’t serve a special wine with Thanksgiving dinner.” We went on to chat about the value of pulling something from the cellar to serve with a multi-taste, multi-guest meal. And yes, there is the purist’s value to flawless pairings and well-chosen uncorkings. Agreed, I’d hate to waste a bottle of Clos de Mouches on a pumpkin pie all-spiced up to it’s ears…but…

I’m one of those people that thinks wine is fun. F-word application to wine. Fun.

Might be fun to serve a few special bottles and let the chips fall where they may. Might be fun to introduce my beer-only niece to the best bottle of wine she’s ever had (even if she’s got…

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