Thank you Kathleen, Joey, and Toby for providing me the opportunity to take “Become a Wine Expert” series of classes to bring Kathleen’s wonderful expertise to our GMG readers. I loved every minute of the class and especially enjoyed meeting Kathleen and my fellow classmates!
Our last class was wonderful fun, with a lovely dinner of sweetly crisp and delicious Pear and Arugula Salad along with a hearty and tasty Brunswick Stew, paired with an array of red and white wines. See recipes below, which Kathleen has so graciously provided for our GMG readers.
The theme of class five is food and wine pairings and preferences. Kathleen served a fabulous selection of reds and whites to pair with our meal. For thousand of years food and wine have gone hand in hand although the strict rules of yesteryear, in that white wine is the only acceptable choice for fish and red wine for red meats, are adhered to no longer.
Kathleen encourages experimenting and stresses that wine and food pairings are a matter of personal preference. There are however several concepts worth noting that will make choosing a wine to accompany your meal simpler. The basic idea is to pair wines with foods that are either alike, in other words mirror the other’s flavors; the opposite is also a helpful guideline, which is to contrast the flavors.
For our food pairing class, Kathleen presented a selection of wines, both red and white, and sparkling, for us to experiment to discover our individual preference for each course. The following is the list of wines served for our class–all grand and delicious and much enjoyed by everyone!
Ferrari Brut (100% Chardonnay), Trento, Italy – $24.99
Hirsch Heiligenstein Vineyard, Kammern, Kamptal Gruner Veltliner, Austria, $29.99
Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon (Cabernet Franc), Loire Valley, France – $14.99
Panizzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Italy – $15.99
Arnad Montjovet La Kiuva (Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir) – $18.99
Mas de Libian Côtes-du-Rhône, France – $19.99
L’Ecuyer de Couronneau Bordeaux (Merlot), France – $13.99
Cossart-Gordon 15-year-aged Bual Madeira, Portugal – $43.99
I know where I’ll be shopping for Christmas gifts this season, for both cheese and wine, as well as that special hostess gift.
Kathleen typically teaches “Become a Wine Expert” series of classes annually in October, but there has been a great deal of interest expressed in taking the class sooner. If enough people are interested, she will teach the class again as early as this coming winter or spring. Go to Savour’s website for details about the “Become a Wine Expert” series of classes.
1 3 – 4 lb. fryer chicken, cut up
1/3 c. flour
1 T. olive oil
2 or 3 medium onions, chopped
2 bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange), chopped (or Pablano Peppers)
5 c. water or chicken stock (you may need more)
2 28 oz. cans of chopped tomato (or Muir organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes)
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 c. edamame soy beans (already shelled) (or you can use lima beans, but they are starchier)
2 c. whole kernel corn (a 10 oz. bag or corn cut from 4 ears)
1 t. salt (to taste – usually needs more)
1/2 t. black pepper
½ t. white pepper
1/2 t. cayenne pepper (Typically, Brunswick Stew has as much a 1 T., but I use 1/2 teaspoon)
1/2 t. hot sauce (You can pass this with the stew for those who like it hotter)
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 c. red wine
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