Comfort Food Pairings

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Grilled Cheese:聽Cheese, butter and toasted bread are pretty much a no-brainer when it comes to wine pairing. A nice, oaky Chardonnay will do the trick. Stick with a classic and choose one from Burgundy or Napa.

Beef Stew:聽Rich, tender and juicy beef stews are a great way to beat the winter blues. Pair yours with a California Marsanne from Santa Barbara or Paso Robles. The ripe fruit flavors, rich minerality and hints of brown baking spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, make this a match made in heaven.

Chili:聽Beef, tomatoes and spice call for high acid and strong tropical-fruit flavors that can compete. Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or South Africa will definitely fit the bill.

Black Bean Soup:聽Think Albari帽o. Whether from Spain, California or Washington State, the bracing acidity, stone-fruit flavors and citrus notes easily complement the earthiness of this full-flavored soup.

Chicken Soup:聽Grandma鈥檚 chicken soup deserves a well-made Pinot Grigio from Italy or a Pinot Gris from California or Alsace. The crisp minerality and light floral notes make every mouthful a sheer delight.

Vegetable Soup/Minestrone:聽Consider a light white wine with a heavy mineral profile like Malvasia from Italy or Istria. The crisp, clean notes showcase the ripe, intense vegetable flavors of these hearty soups.

Roast Chicken:聽A Rh么ne-style blend鈥攚hether from France or California鈥檚 Central Coast鈥攚ill offer nice spice and floral overtones to go with chicken rubbed with lemon and herbs.

Meat Loaf:聽Shake up mom鈥檚 Sunday meat loaf and pair it with an oak-aged Semillon from South Australia. Ripe fruit flavors, rich fullness and caramelized toffee notes provide great balance for all that meaty goodness.

Chicken Pot Pie:聽Light, buttery pastry crust and savory chicken chunks cry out for a California or Rh么ne Valley Viognier. Graceful ripe fruit flavors and zesty acidity are a great match for this traditional American classic.

Lasagna:聽Serve a bright white with this Italian-American favorite, like a Fiano from southern Italy. The wine鈥檚 fresh citrus notes will hold up to the tomato, and the almond and honey notes will complement the baked mozzarella.

Published on December 1, 2014
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