The best wines for women, by women

April 7, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Did you know that women buy 60 to 70 percent of all the wine in the U.S? But it can be a challenge determining a quality wine for a reasonable price. Thankfully the National Women's Wine Competition has put together a roadmap to make it easy for us.

Sally Johnson from Pride Vineyards and Traci Dutton from the Culinary Institute of America offer some help!

Wine & Pairings Highlighted on the show

  • Barefoot Pinot Grigio 2006, California, Retail: $6

    SPRING GARLIC SOUP with black trumpet mushrooms, crispy sunchokes, lemon oil

    This is the perfect pairing for the simple Spring freshness of the combination. The wine is lemony and crisp and goes perfectly with the green, lemony soup. Garnishes of sunchoke and wild mushrooms complete the take on California with a nod to Italy.

  • Catina de Soave Amarone della Valpolicella "Le Poesie" 2004, Veneto Italy Retail: $47

    GRILLED TOLANAS FARMS QUAILS with preserved lemon date couscous, arugula salad, harissa vinaigrette

    This is the perfect match for the intense fruit that you get from the wine made from grapes that have dried a little, and the similar flavors of the preserved lemon and dates. For a younger wine that still has prominent tannins, the grilling helps manage the bitterness. Amarone is bold enough to handle the slight spiciness of the harissa - a piquant blend of peppers and tomatoes.

  • Wilson Winery Zinfandel "Diane's Reserve" 2005, Dry Creek Valley Retail: $48

    COWGIRL CREAMERY MT. TAM (cheese) with honeycomb, micro-greens and fresh flowers

    This triple cream cheese from organic milk needs a racy wine like zinfandel to deal with its richness. Okay to use a little sweetness from the honey for a ripe wine such as this. Between the women artisan cheese makers and woman winemaker it's a story of "Local Girls Make Good."

    Website: Chateau Leonard Wines

    For recipes from Greystone Restaurant, click here

    About the National Women's Wine Competition
    Thirty-six of the most powerful women in wine awarded 1,038 medals to winners from 30 states and 10 foreign nations at the second annual National Women's Wine Competition. All 1,038 award-winning wines, including prices, are listed in the Wines Women Love! Shopping List?, which is available as a free download here. Read the press release here.

    For more information about the National Women's Wine Competition, visit: www.nwwc.info

    National Women's Wine Competition:
    Date: October 2, 2008
    Time: starts at 6:30
    Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts
    1250 New York Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    202.266.2815

    About The Culinary Institute of America

    Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering bachelor's and associate degrees, as well as certificate programs, in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA has a network of more than 37,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Cat Cora, Harold Dieterle, Steve Ells, Todd English, Duff Goldman, Sara Moulton, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The college has campuses in New York (Hyde Park), California (The CIA at Greystone, St. Helena), and Texas (San Antonio), as well as a New York City location (The CIA at Astor Center, Manhattan). In addition to its degree programs, the CIA also offers courses for professionals and food enthusiasts, as well as wine education. For more information, visit the CIA online at www.ciachef.edu.


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