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Great wine pairing web site

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, November 8th, 2007 at 12:37 pm in Uncategorized.

spicy cashews

shepards pie

The Oakland-based is worth a visit. It’s a new database all about the ins and outs of pairing food with wine. Spend some time with it. It has some minor kinks, but it’s great fun.

The basics section will tell you what wines go with various ethnic foods (Middle Eastern with New World Pinot Noir). There’s a section on recipes and wine pairings, and another on pairing articles written by wine writers (you’ll find yesterday’s Comfort Wines in the mix).

You can also read reviews of restaurants that have pairing programs. Seasonal pairings get good play on the site, so if you’re struggling with what to serve on Thanksgiving, check it out. Quirky pairings are also available. I love the one for spicy cashews and sparkling.

The coolest feature, Find My Match, lets you plug in the main ingredient of the food you’re cooking to find out what kind of wine will go with it. But there are some glitches, or perhaps construction isn’t complete.

When I plugged in ‘poultry,’ I had an option to specify what type, from chicken to duck. But when I plugged in ‘dessert,’ it didn’t allow me to narrow my search. Same with appetizer. The only option was cheese.

Check it out and let me know what you think, not to mention your favorite wine and food pairings.

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