Category: Cheese pairing

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    Chateau Champagnes – Charles de Courance Brut

    In the Champagne region, the Charles de Courance vineyards produce low to mid end sparkling wine, with the right blend and geographical location to claim the coveted "Champagne" classification. The majority of their bottles range from €15-35, so hardly breaking the bank, but enough to get good quality wine for your money.

    In addition to the Charles de Courance Brut, they also offer a number of other similar blended Champagnes including a Rosé we'll be reviewing in a later post. Continue reading

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    Ice Wine – Demystified and Explained

    Ice wine is made from frozen grapes that are pressed while still frozen. When the frozen grapes are pressed, they release only one or two concentrated juice per grape. As a result, the juice is quite sweet, often twice sweeter than in any typical dry wine. Plus, its acidity levels are a bit on the high end.

    The harvest doesn't begin until January and can even sometimes happen in February. Grapes are harvested while frozen, at night, and are instantly transported to the winery to be pressed. The grapes must be frozen before being pressed. Continue reading

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    Six Rules For Cooking With Wine

    Cooking with wine has been around for quite a while. With many households trying to discover new taste in their homes, using wine in cooking can help add variety to the flavor of food. When putting together a particular dish or recipe, it is essential to note that not just any kind of wine will do. A wrong combination of wine with a simple dish can eventually make the food unappealing to taste.

    However, a nice blend of wine with a simple recipe can make quite an elegant meal. We look at some simple rules for using wine when cooking. Continue reading

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    A Guide to Dessert Wines

    Dessert wine has been in great demand for quite a while now, and its characteristic sweetness makes it mysteriously charming. How best to take dessert wines remains a bit of a puzzle considering its high alcoholic content as well as sweetness, but one thing that has never been in doubt is its richness in taste.

    While a lot of people like to refer all wines that generally accompany desserts as a dessert wine, others are of the school of thought that dessert wines can be taken alone or even with other sumptuous food. However, the United States wine industry defines the dessert wine as any wine that has alcoholic content measuring over 14% by content. This definition can be concluded to be the most definitive, and it’s safe to say fortified wines and unfortified wines fall within this class. Continue reading

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    Malbec cheese pairing – making the most of your malbec

    As Malbecs gain in popularity (which they have been with increasing speed over the last few years) you'll far more commonly see them being served alongside food as a paired wine. Although Malbec is a beautiful wine in an of itself (and doesn't require much to really shine) the strong flavors can be almost overpowering to many foods. Continue reading