• Wednesdays on the Vine: Pairing Wine and Takeout!

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    It’s still a bit nippy out there so I can’t imagine a better time than RIGHT NOW to be taking advantage of your delivery.com or grubhub memberships. The ease of choosing any type of takeout imaginable fueled me to create a guide to make wine pairing simply seamless(.com). Below you will see my TOP delivery food choices properly paired with tasty fermented grape juice! I encourage you to test out my pairing guide and have fun with it. Trust me, there is nothing I love more than the marriage between my two amours: wine and food! (Well maybe my love for my dog, but you gets the gist.)

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    1. INDIAN FOOD!

    First up — Indian cuisine offers tons of flavors, various spice levels and options for veggie or non-veggie. To complement that, my quick pick is Riesling. Most people are quick to judge the Ries, but there’s more to the grape than meets the tongue. Forget the deceptive notion that all Riesling is syrupy and cloyingly sweet. What is most important is learning how to read the labels on a good Riesling. Key words like Trocken or Halbtrocken (which translates to dry and off-dry) will help determine the level of sweetness and quality of the wein. These particular styles show the drier and brighter side of Riesling coupled with a hint of sweet to help tame the spice.

    ARE YOU TRULY ANTI-RIESLING?

    Then have some fun with discovery! Opt for other off-dry white wine options like Gewürztraminer from Chile, Pinot Gris from Alsace or Chenin Blanc from Vouvray.

    Vouvray and Indian Food

    ^ 100% Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, France was a great pair with our Chicken Korma from Blue Lotus in Jersey City.

     

    MUST DRINK RED?

    Pick up a bottle of juicy, earthy Oregon Pinot Noir or something smooth and adventurous like Plavina from Croatia or Beaujolais from France!

    The Bottom Line:

    Stick to wines that are slightly sweet & lower in alcohol if you like it spicy. Seek out wines with higher acidity if you like it veggie and creamy. Because of the similar flavor profiles, these pairing recommendations can also be applied to some Thai dishes.

    Now, food pairing guide numero due (two) is for…

    2. PIZZA, PIZZA AND PASTA!

    Why YES! You guessed it! VINO ITALIANO is a great pairing! Seems far too simple I know, but if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Wine is produced with a purpose to pair with food, especially regional. From pasta to pizza, pay close attention to the base of the dish you are ordering and go from there. If the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were old enough to drink wine they’d definitely find this guide useful…

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    The Bottom Line:

    Pair commonalities. For example, light & fresh toppings with olive oil or butter sauces {think Margherita pizza or pasta primavera} deserve a crisp, light wine. White wine options like Erbaluce from Piemonte or Soave work wonders. Dolcetto di Dogliani or Montepulciano d’Abruzzo are lighter versions of red wine that won’t overpower the dish.

    For heavier, meatier, & spicier toppings to a pizza or pasta go for a bit of a bolder wine like Chianti, Barbera d’Asti or Primitivo from Puglia. Cannonau from Sardinia is an experimental option that will surely impress or check in to previous post about bubbles to learn why Lambrusco rules as a pairing too!

    So there ya go! Now you have a guide to help make pairing wine and takeout a little easier and all without having to put your shoes on. Check with your local wine shop for delivery options or check out Cork Wine & Spirits on delivery.com.

    At the end of the day “wine is a grocery” and should always be served with good food and good friends.

    Bon Appétit et Bonne Santé!


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.