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Welcome to delicious Destinations, a GourmetStation blog. Through the charater of T.Alexander and occasional real-life guests, our aim is to share with you light-hearted fun ideas about food, gift giving, entertaining and culture. At the same time we would love you hear from you. Please share your experiences from home or abroad.

Wine Pairings and Food Gifting - A Perfect Combination


Posted: April 26, 2006
by: Mark Stine

Guest writer Mark Stine is discovering some interesting facts about wine pairing and food flavors. Read about Mark’s experience then experiment for yourself!

Recently I was invited to a wine tasting at Café Georgio’s in Las Vegas at theWine356973842_1 Mandalay Bay shops. The wine tasting group has been meeting weekly for a number of years and the focus for this gathering was Italy...a favorite of GourmetStation with its fine Tuscan-Italian food offerings. As the congenial crowd of 40 wine connoisseurs gathered, the host launched into the Internet broadcast while the food and wine pairings were presented one at a time.

The wine, paired with tastings of special dishes, was a fun and an engaging palate delight…until the last wine. It tasted…well odd…we all agreed odd and musty was an apt description. I commented to an attendee next to me that it was like a musty old mushroom…not so great for drinking. Well, when the paired dish was brought out, Risotto with Fungi mushrooms…suddenly the wine and the food exploded in concert in a wonderful taste sensation.

The point…exploration of unusual wine and food combinations can lead to an exciting outcome. If you are stumped for gift ideas for friends and family, try this concept for yourself. You can order a selection of appetizers or gourmet meals from GourmetStation for yourself and then consult your local wine store with about your cuisine selections. Try wine pairings from around the world. The wine may or may not be from the country of the food you’re sampling…the idea is to be creative with combining wine and food flavors.

Buy a couple of bottles of each wine then try them at home. If you hit on a combination that you truly love, then you can order up a food selection from GourmetStation for friends or family. For starters you can begin with Italian like my recent wine food pairing in Las Vegas.  GourmetStation offers wonderful appetizer selections..Tuscan inspired Roasted Tomato Bruschetta, Italian Veggie Tarts or for added flavor Kalamata Olive and Artichoke tarts, (see my prior Olive Blog to see how much I love kalamata Olives), or Sundried Tomato in Phyllo Pastry. What a great way to start on your food and wine gifting adventure. All of these earthy and flavorful dishes combine wonderfully with a great array of wines.

Roastedtomatobruschetta_4You’ll accomplish two things...you’ll have fun researching the food and the wine. You can even create your own home event and invite friends. Secondly, you’ll be able to give a truly unique gift…food and wine…paired together that YOU have experienced and enjoyed….sharing yourself and your experience. Food and wine feed the soul…salute!


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