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GTG Wine Edition

This blog post is dedicated to my wine drinkers, as well as those who enjoy a nice glass of wine to pair with their dishes or desserts.

Let me know in the comment section what your fav wine/dish pairing is.

Sauvignon Blanc

The wine of Summer. A Sauvignon Blanc has a straw color and crisp herbal flavor. It is what we call a food-friendly White. Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in France, Cali, New Zealand, Chile, and Washington State. A Sauvignon Blanc, also known as Fume' Blanc, is tart, grassy, and dry.

It often tastes like citrus melon or passion fruit. It's a perfect match for grilled seafood, chicken, and vegetables. It's also good with spicy and ethnic cuisines such as Thai, Mexican, and Chinese. Sauvignon Blanc is extremely affordable, and it is easy to find. One bottle is less than $10.

*Chef's Note: This wine should be chilled at 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, but should not be so cold as to mask its flavor.

Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine is a wonderful and inexpensive alternative to French champagne. It's good for the holidays or any day that calls for celebration (i.e. graduation parties, Engagements). Sparkling wine is made in France, Italy, Spain, and in the US( California, and New York). Sparkling Wine doesn't have the same prestige as champagne, but these wines can be just as crisp, creamy, fruity, and bubbly.

Sparkling wine is often served with cheese, crackers, olives, and other hors d'oeuvres, but it can pair well with spicy and fried foods, desserts, and fruit. A good bottle of champagne can cost you $50 or more, but an equally tasty sparkling wine can go anywhere from $10 to $30.

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is an affordable wine that has a complex flavor and a delicate fragrance. It is best paired with a light dinner. Chenin Blanc is one of the prized grapes of the Loire Valley in France. It is now grown all over the world, especially in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and California.

In France, the Chenin Blanc produces classic white wines and many sparkling wines. The still wines range from clean and crisp to fruity and rich with an intense honeyed fruit flavor. Elsewhere in the world, most of the Chenin Blanc are dry to medium dry and often used in blends.

Chenin Blanc goes well with salads, light pasta, and rice dishes. the sweeter the wine goes well with fruit desserts. A good bottle of champagne blanc could cost as little as $8, but most are between $10 and $15.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio and Pinot Grigio grapes are grown in northern Italy. It is produced also in France where it is known as Pinot Gris and in other countries. It is not widely grown in the US, although there are a few vineyards in Oregon.

Italian Pinot Grigio tends to have a somewhat subtle taste which makes it very easy to drink. The Pinot Gris has a much fruitier flavor. You may notice that it tastes more like an apple or a pear or a peach. It goes well with roasted chicken, pork tenderloin, shellfish, and even omelets and frittatas. You can get a Pinot Grigio as low as $10 and find one as high as $50.

This versatile wine can be served before during, or after dinner. It has a delicate taste and an affordable price. That's just two of its winning qualities. Riesling is native to Germany it is a hardy and adaptable grape that was cultivated in France, Austria, Italy, and Australia as well as the main wine-growing regions of the US.

Depending on the region and the time of harvest resources vary from dry to very sweet. They are prized for being well-balanced and not cloying. Their subtle flavor of honey and fruit is complemented with little spice Rieslings pair well with light fare such as steamed salmon are steamed vegetables, but we also love it with spicy foods late harvest wines, the sweetest are really good with a dessert.

Rieslings range in styles and can be found under $15

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