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Food/Wine Pairing
You probably don’t go visiting wine regions every week. But you do open a bottle of wine (or more) every week. How can this bottle remind you of the great time you had traveling in the wine regions? Pairing the right food with that special bottle you brought back from a previous trip will help put you in that frame of mind again: relaxed, enjoying good wine, good food, good friends. Here at we have put together some food and wine pairing ideas and recipes for you to enjoy, as well as providing guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions about food and wine pairing. There are also some stories/comments about food and wine pairing in the Forum.
Lamb Shanks
Cold Starters
ABC (Avocado, Bean, Corn) Salad: Te Whare Ra, Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand
Bok Choy Salad: Mitchell Katz Winery, Pinot Grigio, Livermore
Lori's Spicy Hummus
Chipotle Black Bean Dip: Peachy Canyon Winery, Incredible Red, Paso Robles
Rolled Eggplant with Prosciutto: Dutton Goldfield, Pinot Blanc, Russian River Valley
Shrimp Cocktail California Style: Dark Star Cellars, Zinfandel, Paso Robles

Warm Starters
Lentil Barley Soup: Terre Rouge, Tête à Tête, Sierra Foothills
Lori's Curried Pumpkin Bisque
Minestrone: Arrowood Syrah, Sonoma County
Cream of Mushroom Soup: Acacia Vineyard, Chardonnay, Carneros/Napa
Roasted Red Pepper Soup: Cedar Mountain Winery, Pinot Noir Rose, Livermore
Apple Cheddar Pizza with Toasted Pecans: Benovia Winery, Chardonnay, Russian River
Crab Cakes with Five-Citrus Sauce: Harvest Moon Winery, Sparking Gewurztraminer Brut, Russian River
Zinfandel Marinaded Lamb Kebob Hors D'Oeuvres

Fish Dishes
Salmon in Filo Pastry
Salmon with Plum Lavender Sauce
Seafood Risotto: Pinot Noir
Shrimp & Chorizo Skewers: Peachy Canyon Winery, Zinfandel, Paso Robles
Spiced Tuna Steaks: Storybook Mountain Vineyard, Zinfandel, Napa
Steelhead with Spice Crust: Benovia Winery, Pinot Noir, Russian River

Poultry Dishes
Spring Garlic Lemon Chicken: Hidden Creek Winery, Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast
Greek Tavern Chicken

Meat Dishes
Lamb Chops with Cacao Nibs Rub: Harvest Moon Winery, Zinfandel, Russian River
Lamb Pilaf: Hidden Creek Winery, Merlot, Napa Valley
Turkish Bulgur Pilaf with Lamb and Chickpeas
Lamb & Tsatziki Pitas
Charlie Palmer Steak Dry Rub
Flank Steak with Hot Peanut Sauce: Mitchell Katz Winery, Petite Sirah, Livermore
Mediterranean Tacos: Occasio Winery, Zinfandel, Livermore
Black Bean Chili
Obama Family Chili Recipe
Slow Cooked Pulled Pork
Asparagus & Bacon Frittata: Quivira North Coast Rosé
Smoked Sausage and Lentil Stew: Luminous Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

L & L's Plum BBQ Sauce: Terre Rouge, Tête-à-Tête, Sierra Foothills

Indian Rice and Beans, Saintsbury, Pinot Noir "Garnet", Carneros
Lori's Vegetarian Spaghettini: Emtu Estate Winery, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Vegetarian Lentils: Te Whare Ra, Gewurztraminer, Marlborough, New Zealand
Lori's Baby-Licious Roasted Potatoes
Lori's Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries
Peruvian Style Corn and Zucchini

Carrot Cake: Cedar Mountain Winery, Chardonnay del Sol, Livermore
Chocolate Fondue with a Shot
Mini Popcorn Balls with Dark Star Cellars Zinfandel

Mulled Wine Recipes
Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail