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Roasted Veggies and Farro
gdfo March 6, 2014 at 02:48 pm
OK. First recommendation is Trebbiano Di Abuzzo. Citra makes one and so does Farnese. They are bothRead More just right for this dish. Your favorite wine shop will have either one or the other, probably. You want a new vintage as they loose alot as they get older. The wine should be light pale yellow with a slight greenish highlight. You do not want this if the wine is dark yellow. You could have a Spanish Verdejo or a very new Soave, but the Trebbiano is my first choice.
Roast Chicken & Brussels Sprouts Carbonara
gdfo February 20, 2014 at 04:19 pm
I wonder why Comments carry over from one Patch to another but not some others. Can a PatchRead More representative answer that?
gdfo February 20, 2014 at 04:20 pm
I think most folks would like a creamy California Chardonnay with some oak aging on it. FranciscanRead More Oakville Estate Chardonnay would go well. Another wine that might be harder to find is from a grape called Rousanne. Zaca Mesa winery makes one. Rousanne is one of the grapes used to make Cote Du Rhone blanc. (white wine from the French region Cote Du Rhone.) Rousanne can have a slightly nutty-buttery quality to it but it does not usually have as much pronounced fruit quality as Chardonnay can have. Either of the mentioned wines will work. Or a person can ask their favorite retailer for a medium chardonnay with oak aging that is slightly creamy.
David Brown February 21, 2014 at 07:47 am
Regarding your first question, who is the editor/contact person for Snellville Patch now?
Char Sui Pork Tenderloin
gdfo January 13, 2014 at 03:52 pm
First choices for a wine with this are Schloss Schonborn Rhiengau Riesling or Firestone RieslingRead More Santa Ynez CA. A person could have one of those New Zealand Reislings but get one from the South of NZ. They are crisper usually. Look for Otago or Canterbury or Marlborough on a NZ wine label. Any of the above mentioned wines will have enough acidity and minerality to compliment the natural sweetness of the barbecue sauce, even it it is hot and sour.
Roast Chicken with Roasted Grape Gravy
gdfo January 7, 2014 at 10:15 am
If the dish comes of grapey or fruity because of the grapes, I would like a Cote Du Rhone blanc withRead More this. If the Thyme is more pronounced than the grapes then I would think a Macon Village blanc would do well. Now many people might not like my choices as these wines are rather dry so I will also say that a California Sauvignon blanc that is well balanced and not overly grassy or too fruity will go well too. If Rosemary was used instead of Thyme than a good Chardonnay would do fine. Some wine shops might not have a Cote Du Rhone blanc also. If you might prefer a Sauvignon blanc style wine, an inexpensive white bordeaux might be good.
Beef & Barley Soup
gdfo January 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm
On your way home from work, stop at your favorite wine store and pick up a bottle of Cote Du RhoneRead More Rouge, or even a Cote Du Rhone Village Rouge. Ask the proprietor for a dry one. It does not have to be expensive at all. Have a slice or two of coarse/cracked grain bread with this dish as well. If there had been green beans in this soup and it was more of a stew then I would have suggested a light to medium inexpensive bordeaux or even an inexpensive Crianza from Spain.
Smoked Pork Butt with Collards & Black-eyed Peas
gdfo December 31, 2013 at 10:16 am
Hey all!! Big supper at Tims house!! (kiddin' there Tim) OK. 2 suggestions for wines on thisRead More Dinner, or supper and they are, either a Dry (I mean dry) Riesling or an Alsatian Gewurtztraminer. The reason is you DO want some fruit in a wine for this dish, but you don't want lots of sweetness. Brotherhood Dry Riesling from NY would be good for a riesling. You could do a CA Gewurtztraminer but you would want a dry one. Some of you will be going out tonight and drinking and some will stay home and drink to celebrate New Years. Here is a few suggestions to minimize any unwanted effects from too much imbibing. Vitamin B1 that is Thiamine Vitamin B12 and a B Vitamin called Choline. Stop at your favorite Vitamin shop and get some. You can take them before, but definitely the next morning with coffee or water. Please avoid using Acetominaphen as a Hangover remedy it is processed in the Liver just like Alcohol and can do damage to your Liver. If you are going to drink tonight, eat something first, protein and fat. Sugary desserts are sure to make any ill effects even worse. Take care and have a good New Years Eve and New Year!
gdfo December 31, 2013 at 03:49 pm
Pam, My replies to your e-mails have been bouncing back to me. Tried to reply 2 times today.
Pam Reich Hopper December 31, 2013 at 04:19 pm
Just got one of them so I replied back to you. Frustrating for sure! Sorry about that.
Chocolate Strawberries
gdfo December 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm
I used to like Champagne, over the years the price has outweighed the value and in some cases theRead More quality. I mean real Champagne. There was a wine called Mumms Cremant de Crement which was very good but now it is re-named and too expensive, but If anyone is interested they should try it with this recipe. For an available and inexpensive alternative to any Sparkling wine I suggest Mionetto Prosecco Valdobbeadene. (valdo-bee-ahh-din-ay) For your own sakes stay away from those cheap sparklers. They are a headache waiting to happen. Good sparkling wines can match many foods and situations, this recipe with both light and dark chocolate and some almonds is just right for the Prosecco or a $$$ alternative (LOL)
Roasted Duck with Cranberry Gravy
gdfo December 16, 2013 at 02:19 pm
Hmmmm!!!!! Delicious. Some of us LOVE Duck. I started reading the recipe and before I wasRead More finished, Pommard kept popping onto mind. Pommard is the name of a Burgundy from the Cote d'Nuit part of Bourgone region in France. It is made from Pinot Noir. It has been quite a while since I have had any and I know the prices have probably gone way up. So it is probably out of reach for many folks. Next choice from me is a Beaujolais named for the Village it comes from in France, Morgon. What you would look for on a label is Beaulolias Villages Morgon. It is bigger and has more structure than regular Beaujolais and will take on that broccoli too. After that ask your local wine merchant for a different Beaujolais if they do not have Morgon. Lastly there is your favorite Oregon Pinot Noir. You might just find Mommesin Pommard though. Probably around $30.00
Worcestershire Pecans
gdfo December 12, 2013 at 03:30 pm
If folks are going to make this and give it as a gift, it might be a good idea to also gift some VinRead More Santo or Passito di Panelleria or some Dry Sherry with it. These wines are just right for your recipe. None of them are overly sweet either, just rich.
Judy Putnam (Editor) December 13, 2013 at 09:30 am
Pam, the Worcestershire Pecan recipe sounds wonderful. What a perfect snack for the holidays. ThanksRead More for sharing the recipe.
Lentil Soup with Italian Meatballs
gdfo December 9, 2013 at 04:26 pm
Have you ever had a Montepulciano Di Abruzzo? No!!! It is not a handmade Italian sports car.Read More It is a wine from Abuzzi in Italy. It is usually not too heavy of a wine and perfect for dishes like this one. There are some Riserva variations but we do not see many of them in the USA. If you look at a map of Italy, the Abruzzi region is on the backside of what looks like the Thigh in the Boot near the knee. The wine is usually inexpensive and that means $5-8:00 Get 2 bottles. It can actually go well with most Pizza.
Easy Turkey & White Bean Chili
gdfo December 2, 2013 at 05:25 pm
For the Pot pie and the white bean-turkey soup you can serve a California Chenin blanc or a FrenchRead More Vouvray. If you like a wine with a little spicy-ness try a Gewurtztraminer. I think your black bean chili calls for a red wine with some fruit and light structure. So a lighter Zinfandel would go fine or a Chilean Merlot
Roasted Salmon with Parsley Lemon Beurre Blanc
gdfo November 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm
Aha! Now we are in Chardonnay country. I think this dish calls for a chardonnay like Chateau DeRead More Maligny Chablis. The creaminess of the lees aging will go well with the creaminess of the sauce and yet it will have enough fruit, acid and structure for the broccoli, parsley and lemon. 2 other good wines I would like with this are Matanzas Creek Chardonnay and if it is too expensive then Franciscan Oakville Estate Chardonnay. You need a wine big enough but not over powering. Pam is this lunch today? Ahem, if so what time?.......
Pam Reich Hopper November 26, 2013 at 02:07 pm
Ha! Made this last night for company. Next time I make a nice lunch, I will let you know:).
Braised Brisket with Creamed Spinach
gdfo November 18, 2013 at 02:27 pm
Aha, Trying to trick me with the old 'braised brisket with creamed spinach' routine! Well LittleRead More Missy, (Pam) how about a tricky LaPlaya Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Or, also from Chile, Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon. Both have enough earthiness and structure to take on the onions and garlic and spinach and yet are not big fruit bombs of cabernet.
Pam Reich Hopper November 18, 2013 at 03:59 pm
Ha! gdfo - I need to try a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. Where is a good source for this wine?
gdfo November 20, 2013 at 06:31 am
DeKalb Farmers Market has a large wine/beer department. They have a better than average selection.Read More A good practice for wine consumers is to establish a good relationship with your local wine shop or person in a wine dept at a store that offers wine. If a retail shop does not carry one of the wines I have mentioned in any of my suggestion responses, they will also take your request to get a bottle or two for you. Most shops do this. I cannot think of a recommendation that I made that is not carried by an Atlanta distributor.
Apple Walnut Cake with Caramel Glaze
gdfo November 11, 2013 at 07:15 am
Yes Vanzetta, these recipes are inspiring. There are a 3 wines I think would compliment this typeRead More of dessert. A Passito di Pantelleria is a wine made from dried grapes and although it is sweet it is aged and not syrupy or acidic at all. A traditional VinSanto would go well too. Lastly, there is Amantillado (ahh-mont-tee aahhdo) sherry that is relatively light, off dry and perfect with walnuts. Osbouirne makes a good one. Anyone would want a real Sherry (from xerez on the label) and not a CA or cooking sherry. Serve these at room temperature or just slighty chilled.
Judy Putnam (Editor) November 11, 2013 at 07:44 am
This sounds wonderful Pam. I'm going to make it for my Thanksgiving dessert. Thanks for sharing theRead More recipe. And I agree with Vanzetta, just reading your recipes makes me hungry.
Pam Reich Hopper November 11, 2013 at 09:16 am
thanks Greg and Judy!
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Italian Sausage Sourdough Dressing
gdfo November 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Some folks will remember that Turkey was a game bird. One of the wines that go well with game isRead More Pinot Noir or more correctly a PN from Burgundy. So that in mind my first choice for this recipe is Antonin Rodet Mercurey. It is a Pinot Noir and from Cote Chalonnaise. If any of you really love Pinot Noirs, I hope you get the opporunity to try this one. Another wine for this dish can be our old friend Chianti Classico. In this case the term Classico refers to an area around the village of Chianti. Seeing as there are so many I will mention a few that I know to be quite good. Rocca Della Macia Chianti Classico Villa Cafaggio Chianti Riserva Chianti Porto Rubino And Viticcio Chianti Classico. ( I can smell the fennel in the dressing)
gdfo November 4, 2013 at 06:45 pm
I did forget to mention that I chose the Mercurey for a reason rather than an American Pinot Noir.Read More Most of the American Pinot Noirs that are popular and available have lots of forward raspberry fruit. What the Mercurey and the Chiantis have is more of a reserved Black cherry fruit backed by a minerals and tannins. So please don't substitute just any PN for the one mentioned.
Fall Apple Salad with Shallot Pomegranate Vinaigrette
gdfo October 27, 2013 at 06:27 pm
There is a part of Burgundy called Cote Du Chalonnaise. From this area come at least 2 wines that IRead More think would really compliment this salad. Montagny which is made from chardonnay and Rully blanc also made from chardonnay. These 2 would be my first and 2nd choices. They are bright clean wines. There is also a wine called St Veran that is a section of Beaujolais that was carved out for chardonnay vineyards. This would be my 3rd choice.
Kielbasa, Bean & Kale Soup
gdfo October 21, 2013 at 11:44 am
MMMMM.. Just the right day for this too. There are lots of earth flavors there. There is a partRead More of Italy called Apulia and a wine making area called Salice Salentino. They make red wines there that would go very well with this soup. One is Leon Di Castris Salice Salentino . Now there is a grape call by different names depending on the country that is growing it. Mourvede in France and Monestrell in South America and Spain. What I would want is a wine with the earthy and mineral qualities more prominent than the fruit characteristics. You could have a Spanish Crianza with it.
Pumpkin Semifreddo
gdfo October 7, 2013 at 06:41 am
Pam, Are you sure??? I thought Semifreddo was a musical term like Fermata or Obbligato (the latterRead More not to be confused with Oblongata) Anywayyyy......... If a person really wanted a wine with this dish, I think a Tokay Azu No. 4 from Hungary would be just perfect. If a person was having a coffee afterward then an once of real Anisette is a must have. But, with real anisette like Leroux or Brizzard.
Trout Almondine with Lemon Cream Sauce
gdfo September 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm
I have to say that I love trout. There are a few wines that I would think go with your recipe.Read More First is a Chassagne Montrachet (blanc) which is a French white made with Chardonnay. Second is a Montagny (blanc) also a French white made with Chardonnay. Chateau De Maligny is a Chablis and aslo made with Chardonnay. It is lees aged which gives it a creamy quality. If you can find it, Mill Creek Chardonnay from Ca would be my last choice. Store your white wines with your other wines, only chill them just before serving them. Not too cold though. I envy your family getting this fine Trout dinner.
gdfo October 1, 2013 at 06:29 pm
Pam!! You talked me into getting some Trout. Got it at the DeKalb Farmers Market. While I wasRead More there I checked out 2 wines. These are Barefoot Chardonnay and Naked Chardonnay. Both are $5.00 a bottle and are better than some other choices at higher prices. ( I know that not everyone will savor a Chassagne Montrachet at the current prices. )
Pam Reich Hopper October 1, 2013 at 09:22 pm
I am definitely going there soon. Thank you for the heads up. We love trout too. Thanks for the wineRead More suggestions!
Leek Noodle Kugel
gdfo September 19, 2013 at 07:53 am
Hi Pam!! I used to live up North in a city that had several Delis. They all had great Kugel. ARead More creamy chardonnay would go well with this recipe. Creaminess in a chardonnay can come from 2 things, lees aging and a fermentation method called Malo-lactic then aging in oak. Callaway Chardonnay used to be creamy because of its aging on its Lees. Franciscan Chardonnay can have a creamy quality as it is finished in oak. They both will have some buttery quality to them. That is what you want for a dish like this.
Edward September 22, 2013 at 02:43 pm
Mmmm Kugel!!!
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