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Some Hands On Tasting Advice

Use wine to invest in relationships. The pay off will be huge!

Use wine to invest in relationships. The pay off will be huge!

The fine folks over at thekitchn.com have posted a great little wine tasting experiment we can do to help us understand wine and food pairing basics.

These are BASICS, but for many of us, just mastering these will vastly improve our ability to pair wines with food. So grab a white, a red, a lemon, some salt, some sugar, some salami and a couple of friends and give it a try!

Wine and Food Pairing: mixed success

The other evening, my partner and I joined some friends at a dinner party in the City.  (For those of you who don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area, “The City” always refers to San Francisco in local parlance.)  Our hosts requested that we bring the wine.  Now that I’ve written a book about wine, that seems to be my defacto role.  All I knew was that they liked white wines, were serving soup and there would be 6 of us.

Dinner is served

An artist’s rendition of a proper dinner party.

Taking a huge stab in the dark, we brought a bottle of the Andis Rose, a bottle of Sera Fina Malvasia Bianca and a bottle of Gold Hill Champagne.  My original thought was that we could start with the Champagne, then have the rose with dinner and finish with the Malvasia Bianca with dessert.

When we arrived however, I learned that we were starting with a cheese plate, then a salad featuring apple slices, a hearty vegetarian ribollita, and finishing with ice cream.  In quick consultation with our hosts I decided to switched it up.  We started with the Rose, paired with a brie and an herbed chevre on crackers.  The Malvasia Bianca was paired with the salad.  And the Champagne was paired with the ice cream.  I think that the Rose would have paired nicely with the soup, but it was a really nice start to the evening.

The meal was wonderful, the company sterling.  The wines were paired nicely and fell right into their role: accompaniment to food and friends.

Book Signing in Amador County

Andis Wines, Amador County

The Modern building at Andis Wines, photo (c)David S Locicero 2011

On Sunday, August 14th, from Noon to 3pm.  Andis Wines will be featuring a Semillon and Shrimp wine and food pairing. Thanks to their generosity, I will be there, too, selling and signing copies of Pour Me Another.

Andis Wines is located at 11000 Shenandoah Road, about 5 minutes North East of Plymouth, California.  Their tasting room is open 11am to 4:30pm Friday – Monday.


Andis specializes in Rhone wine varietals.  I believe that their wine maker, Mark McKenna, is one of the most talented wine makers working in California today.

Come on up and taste their wines, meet their friendly and knowledgeable tasting room staff.  You won’t regret it.  It’ll give us a chance to meet and you can buy a copy of my book, too!