Pairing Wine with Small Plates @ Zaytinya in Washington, D.C.

Small-plates, or tapas-styled restaurants are becoming increasingly popular. Most of the time, the menu features Spanish or Mediterranean cuisine. You can order a variety of vegetable, fish, and meat dishes, ranging in flavors and cooking methods. With such an assortment of foods prepared in all kinds of different ways, how are you supposed to choose…

Catfish Étouffée and Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

Catfish Étouffée and Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

I couldn’t wait any longer. I had been saving this beauty for about 6 months. The weather was hot and humid, and the meal was just right. Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc was waiting to be paired and opened. This Sauvignon Blanc (SB) from Marlborough, New Zealand should be on everyone’s “must drink” list. It’s out of…

Chirashi Bowl and Sake at Tachibana

Pairing Wine w/ Sushi @ Tachibana Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant in McLean

Whenever Dr. Grape Pairings and I want to celebrate and go out for a meal, we tend to go for sushi. We go all out with our orders, choosing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Dr. Grape Pairings prefers the rolls, where as I go for the nigiri/sashimi meals. When Dr.…

Baked Fish and Chips with Black’s Station Chardonnay

Every Saturday morning/early afternoon, I go grocery shopping. It is one of my favorite times of the week. I get to have some quality “me” time, see what’s new in food, feast on samples, but more importantly, I hit the wine stores who are also serving samples. Samples are one of my most favorite things…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Early Mountain Vineyards Part One

Over President’s Day Weekend, my friend, Laura Beth, and I went to Charlottesville to go vineyard hopping. Every so often, we need a break from city life to go out in the country and try the many wonderful wines that Virginia has to offer. We usually go to places around Leesburg, so it was nice…

Pairing Wine with Fish @ 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church

Pairing a wine with what you are cooking (or visa versa) while you are at home is one thing. You plan for specific meals with specific ingredients and can research into what wines you’d like to pair (again, or visa versa). To me, cooking at home is easier because you are in control. Pairing wine and…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and friends, to gorge and drink and indulge. From the appetizers to the meal, to the seconds to the desserts, everyone is enjoying themselves and their company. The best wines are brought out to drink with said foods, and again, people are enjoying themselves and their company.…

Does Beaujolais Really Go With Everything? Jean-Marc Lafont Fleurie Granits Roses

It has been said by many a wine expert that Beaujolais can go with any food that you put in front of it. Beaujolais is a region in France, and their wines are primarily made of Gamay grapes. The body is light, so it can stand up to fish, spicy sauces, and lighter dishes. The…