Hello my wine drinking foodie friends.
I am extremely excited about today’s post because I am writing about wine, food, and my love for both. Today’s post is so kindly sponsored by Mirassou Winery and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to chat about my obsession with wine and food and how they go so perfectly together!
Mirassou wine is not a new thing my friends. It’s been around for over 150 years! The Mirassou family has been producing wine for six generations making them America’s oldest winemaking family. Talk about leaving a legacy – that’s truly unbelievable. They feature nine different wines and you can’t miss them in the wine aisle – just look for the bright golden label with a sun on it.
As you may know, I am a red wine drinker, specifically loving Pinot Noir right now. However, my mom is a Chardonnay drinker, my in-laws are Cab drinkers, and my friends are Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc lovers. That’s what I truly love about wine – there’s a wine for everyone!
You know what else I love about wine? Well besides drinking it…is the way it immediately brings people together. Everyone serves wine at parties and special events because there’s something special and celebratory about sipping on a delicious glass of wine that makes people feel warm, cozy, and simply happy. Am I right or am I right? Speaking of bringing people together, Mirassou Winery is currently holding a competition to win a $1,000 and wine fridge so that you can host your own unique wine dinner! Click here to learn more about how you can enter Mirassou Winery’s Dream Dinner Contest!
Mirassou is all about family and entertaining hence the six generations of family that have been involved in the winemaking. Wine is the perfect cocktail choice at a dinner party along with a variety of foods and cheeses of course. Who doesn’t love a wine and cheese party? I have attended two bridal showers that had a wine and cheese theme and they were ridiculously fun and tasty.
Now let’s chat a little bit about what we eat like to enjoy with wine, FOOD!
Pinot Noir: Pinot’s are typically smooth and well-balanced which is exactly why I like them. Mirassou’s has flavors of strawberries and cherries, which are supported by light hints of vanilla and oak. It’s delicately smoooooth and I really enjoyed it. As I was sipping on the Pinot Noir, I was eating dark chocolate covered almonds and it went so well together. CHEESE goes well with Pinot’s with the exception of stinky cheeses like blue cheese. I love a sharp white cheddar with it.
Believe it or not, Chocolate Lava Cake would go quite lovely with Pinot Noir.
And it would pair well with this simple Spinach Salad with Chicken and Rosemary Balsamic Vinaigrette.
This Steak Sandwich with Creamy Horseradish Sauce would go well with the Pinot Noir as well!
Cabernet Sauvignon: Cabs are typically a full-bodied wine that pairs well with hearty meals and tons of different sharp cheeses. The Loizzo’s love Cabs because they go well with Italian meals and Italian cheeses. We like to eat Parmesan and Fontinella Cheese with Cabs. The Mirassou Cab is fruit forward and has flavors of rich blackberry and black currants with hints of toasted oak and brown spice.
Traditional Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is the way to go with a Cab. Doesn’t get much better than that. I also use a little red wine in my meat sauce recipe. 😉
Or, a hearty Vegetable Beef Stew. This is amazing during the cold months.
Do you see a theme here? Italian Stuffed Mushrooms are a perfect pairing with Cab too!
Now let’s chat about some white wines!
Pinot Grigio: Pinot Grigio’s are typically dry, crisp, and refreshing with fruit flavors of pear or apple. Mirassou’s has flavors of white peach, juicy pair, and hint of citrus. Pinot Grigio’s go well with poultry, seafood, and of course cheese – try a creamy gouda, brie, or mozzarella.
Caprese Salad Skewers are simple and pair wonderfully with the crisp Pinot Grigio.
This light and flavorful Shrimp Scampi recipe would go perfect with Pinot Grigio as well.
Chardonnay: Chardonnay’s are a dry white wine and very popular. They range from oak to fresh tropical fruit flavors. Mirassou’s Chardonnay has tons of fruity flavors such as peaches, nectarines, and pineapple. Secondary flavors include flavors of melon, pears, citrus, floral and a hint of vanilla. Poultry, fish, and dishes that are rich in butter or cream pair well with this dry white wine. So think macaroni and cheese, fettuccine alfredo, or a buttered poached fish…I know. So Yum.
This buttery Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Pine Nuts and Basil would go nicely with Chardonnay.
I wish I had a glass of Chardonnay when I made this Lemon and Parmesan Crusted Halibut.
I am thinking the blackberries, goat cheese, and pecans in this Blackberry Chicken Salad would bring out the yummy flavors in Mirassou’s Chardonnay as well!
For more ideas on food pairings you can visit the food pairing section of Mirassou Winery’s website.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Mirassou Winery and all the different ways you can pair simple and delicious food with your favorite wine.
Are you a Pinot Noir lover like me or a Chardonnay lover like my mom? I would love to hear what kind of wine you prefer and your favorite recipes that you pair it with! Please leave your comments below!
Don’t forget the enter the Mirassou Winery Dream Dinner Contest!
This post was sponsored by Mirrasou Winery. All thoughts and opinions are my own.