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Wedding Trend Alert: Comfort Food and Wine Pairings

If you’ve been following our articles about the Top Ten Wedding Trends for 2010 you know that wedding food is getting back to basics. That means fewer things are moussed, flambéd or “expressed.” Basic fare like Steak, Chicken and Pot Pies are back, but with elegant ingredients. Instead of chicken pot pie, think lobster pot pie, instead of a slider from White Castle, think a Kobe beef slider. All of this raises an important question: What wine goes best with a bowl of mac and cheese? Honestly, I’m always a little embarrassed when I order wine, if it’s cold outside, I order a Shiraz. If it’s warm out, I order a Chardonnay. I know I should be doing a better job of matching my wine to my food, but I don’t really know where to start. Well, now I know. The Mirassou Winery website has an amazing tool that lets you pick your main ingredient and spice, and it will tell you what wines go well with those flavors. For example, I’m a vegetarian and I like pesto, so now I know that my Chardonnay is in fact the right choice, but instead of a Shiraz, I should maybe consider a Merlot. (Hmm, sounds like a great iphone app doesn’t it? Hint, hint!) The site also has some amazing sounding recipes by chef David Katz created especially to be paired with Mirassou wines. We picked out some great comfort food recipes and wine pairings to give you some hints as you plan your wedding menu. You can find all the recipes here. Warning, wait until after lunch to read the rest of this post! If you’re serving:Chicken in Tomato & Olive Braise, consider serving Pinot Noir If you're serving: Macaroni & Cheese with Aplewood Bacon, consider serving Chardonnay If you're serving: Maple Pork Chops with Apricot & Sage Butter, consider serving Riesling If you're serving: Grilled Flank Steak with Salsa Verde, consider serving Cabarnet And, if you're serving Pot Roast with Merlot and Root Vegetables, consider serving Merlot! Thanks to wine expert David Mirassou for giving us these pairings! Oh, and by the way, Mirassou has an amazing wedding contest running right now, check out their I Do contest for a chance to win $10,000 and a trip to San Francisco!
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