Unexpected food and wine pairings

July 28, 2008 4:53:52 PM PDT
Spencer Christian recently went to V Wine Cellar in Napa Valley for a sit-down lunch and some unexpected wine pairings.

Pairings:

Cold Celery Soup with 2005 Gargiulo Vineyards "Aprile"-Napa Valley
The cucumber serves great with the grape, adding to the combination of the wine and the almond from the nuttiness that comes from the oak.

Lobster Salad with Patz & Hall Chardonnay-Hyde Vineyard-Napa Valley
Very light wine with a good berry, raspberry, cranberry mix. Pinot Noir extenuates the nodes, that sort of woodiness and the earthiness. It's diversified enough, great with meats and fish, so that it can cross different types of food.

Roasted Pear with 2007 Keever Sauvignon Blanc-Napa Valley
A different kind of wine to pair with a dessert. . A lot of people would probably pair a Riesling, a dessert wine, with such a dessert like a roasted pear. It's fun to try something different like serving red wine with dessert as well. It just needs to be sweet. Another tip, Riesling can be used with spicy foods or fatty foods like such as grilled foods and so on.

V Wine Cellars
6525 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
707-531-7053
vwinecellar.com

V Wine Cellars Wine Education & Tasting (Thursday - Sunday)

Thursday
Noon - 2pm $40 Rose Wines
Rose is the fastest growing segment in wine today. Learn about the varieties used to make rose and how the pair with deli offerings.

Friday
10-11:30am $40 Wine Basics
Learn the differences between varieties and taste 6 different wines. A great way to start your Napa wine education.

Saturday
10:15-11:45am $65 Wines and Desserts
Learn how to pair creme brulee, lemon tart, angel food cake, and cheese with dessert wines.

1:30-3pm $55 Cab is King
Napa is known for its great cabernet wines. Explore some of the well known and the up and comers.

Sunday
11am-12:30pm $50 Global Sparkling Wines
Sample bubbly wines from around the world, paired with little treats to tantalize your taste buds.

About V Wine Cellars:
V Wine Cellars, a boutique wine shop and tasting lounge offers a selection of over 3,000 wines, from California's newest artisanal releases to hand-picked labels from around the world, hard to find wines. They provide an informal concierge service, setting up tastings, tours and other activities around the valley. You can book it for private dinners and personalized classes.

Scott Lewis has been in the hospitality business for over 20 years and is bringing specialty boutique wine markets to the Napa Valley.

Scott Lewis was born in Limerick, Ireland. His father Tony was a chef and Scott started working at a young age with his father and learned the restaurant business from the inside out. When becoming an adult, Scott moved to London and started working with some of the biggest names in the hotel business. Scott has been in the Food and Beverage business since he arrived in the United States. He spent some time in Dallas and then moved to San Luis Obispo, California where he took a job overseeing the Food and Beverage operation at the Inn at Morro Bay. He was then offered a position at the Vintage Estate running their food and beverage operation in Yountville, California. Scott worked for the Vintage Estate almost four years before the opportunity to open a wine shop found him. He jumped at the chance and V Wine Cellar has been serving the needs of the thirsty many ever since.

Michael Turner has been living in the Napa Valley since 1980. His mother's side of the family is from Napa and has long ties with the Valley. Michael started his wine adventure as a foodserver at some of the finest restaurants in the Napa Valley. When Michael heard that Scott was going to open a wine shop and they talked about Scott's vision, Michael couldn't wait to jump on board.

Scott and Michael are both sommeliers and have thirty years of food and wine pairing experience between them.


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