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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Peppers

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Peppers as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo   5 Tips for Pairing Wine with Peppers: Texas is known for peppers – hot and sweet. The extremes give us great diversity of wine choices! Raw peppers are high in acid so pair with high acid wines. Try Messina Hof […]

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Winter Squash

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Winter Squash as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo Wine & Winter Squash: Planning your holiday menu? This is a yummy side to include. Baked squash has a natural sweetness in flavor which is enhanced by sweet spices and wine. If prepared savory style with herbs, grains or sautéed […]

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Jujube

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Jujube as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo Wine & Jujube (Chinese Red Date): Dates do not grow in our area but Jujube’s do and dried jujube’s taste just like dates! Pit them just like dates before using in a recipe.  Use them in any recipe calling for dates. […]

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Southern Peas

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Southern Peas as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo Wine & Southern Peas: Why do they pair well with wine? They have a high level of protein and starch which give balance to acids in wines. When do you use them? In winter, try them in a curry sauce […]

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Blackberries

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Blackberries as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo 5 Things to Know: Use blackberries fresh or frozen and in sweet or savory dishes. Blackberries are a common descriptor for wines, especially Bordeaux reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot),  Primitivo and wines with black fruit jammy flavors.  These are […]

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Plums

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Plums as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo Plums are more of a texture and taste food rather than flavor. They can be sweet to tart, have a waxy surface and crisp meaty texture. Different plums have different flavors that range from a woody lemon to apple. It is […]

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Swiss Chard

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Native Redbuds as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo Dark, leafy greens are easily interchanged in recipes. Swiss Chard is more flavorful green that carries flavor weight that pairs nicely with red wines. My favorite is rainbow as I love the colors of stems and veins. Cooking Swiss Chard […]

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Native Redbuds

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Wine Pairings for Dishes with Native Redbuds as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo Native plants are not only easy to grow and good for our landscapes, but they are often packed with nutrients. We can harvest right from our yards. Raw or cooked Redbud Seed Pods can be a crisp, tangy raw vegetable […]

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Wine Pairings for Sugar Snap Pea Salad

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Wine Pairings for Sugar Snap Pea Salad as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo Raw Sugar Snap Peas can be a crisp, sweet but tangy raw vegetable snack or ingredient in any salad. Add a bit of lemon juice and kosher salt to taste to enjoy as a snack. Adding creamy cheeses or asian […]

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