Pairing of the Day: December 2009

Every day, we spotlight a wine that pairs beautifully with an F&W recipe.

December 31, 2009—Lamb Pizzettes
Pairing: A Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Try the 2007 Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Rouge.

December 30, 2009—Cuban Sandwiches with Tomato Jam
Pairing: A Carmenère. Try the 2007 Cono Sur or 2007 Arboleda.

December 29, 2009—Macaroni and Many Cheeses
Pairing: A ripe Grenache. Try the 2007 Outpost or 2008 Vinos de Terruños Siete 7.

December 28, 2009—Crisp Salmon with Avocado Salad
Pairing: A California Chardonnay. Try the 2007 Ramey Wine Cellars Carneros.

December 24, 2009—Chocolate-Malt Stump de Noël
Pairing: A port. Try the NV Fonseca Bin No. 27 or NV Graham's Six Grapes Reserve.

December 23, 2009—Maple Sugar–Ginger Roast Pork
Pairing: A Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Try the 2006 Chateau Mont-Redon or 2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Tradition.

December 22, 2009—Tomato Tartlets
Pairing: A juicy, red-berried sparkling rosé. Try the NV Gruet Brut Rosé.

December 21, 2009—Toasted Pistachio–Cheese Arancini
Pairing: A white wine from northern Italy, such as a Friulano. Try the 2007 Villa Russiz or 2006 Schiopetto.

December 18, 2009—Chile-Brined Fresh Ham
Pairing: A Chenin Blanc. Try the 2008 Ken Forrester Stellenbosch or 2008 Mulderbosch.

December 17, 2009—Pan-Roasted Veal Chops with Cabernet Sauce
Pairing: A Cabernet Sauvignon. Try the 2008 Viña Cobos Felino or 2007 Santa Rita Medalla Real.

December 16, 2009—Creamy Chicken-Liver Mousse
Pairing: A robust, dark-fruited Zinfandel. Try the 2006 Sbragia Family Vineyards Gino's Vineyard.

December 15, 2009—Chili with Guajillo and Ancho Chiles and Hominy
Pairing: A Sonoma Zinfandel. Try the 2006 Teira Wines Sonoma County or 2006 St. Francis Old Vines Sonoma County.

December 14, 2009—Leek-and-Pecorino Pizzas
Pairing: A light, spicy Oregon Pinot Noir. Try the 2007 Chehalem 3 Vineyard.

December 11, 2009—Three-Ingredient Prime Rib Roast
Pairing: An Australian Shiraz. Try the 2007 Peter Lehmann or 2007 Earthworks.

December 10, 2009—Poblano-and-Cheese "Tamales"
Pairing: A substantial Chardonnay. Try the 2007 Taz Santa Barbara County or 2007 Rosemount Show Reserve.

December 9, 2009—Pomegranate-Glazed Salmon with Armenian Rice
Pairing: A New Zealand Pinot Gris. Try the 2008 Mt. Difficulty Central Otago or 2008 Nobilo East Coast Pinot Grigio.

December 8, 2009—Meatballs with Peas
Pairing: A spicy Zinfandel. Try the 2007 Joel Gott.

December 7, 2009—Goat Cheese & Chorizo Rolls
Pairing: A Malbec. Try the 2006 Ruca Malen.

December 4, 2009—Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Garlic
Pairing: A Syrah from Southern France. Try the 2006 Layer Cake Côtes du Rhône or 2007 Jean-Luc Colombo La Violette.

December 3, 2009—Roast Chicken with Tangerines
Pairing: A Chardonnay from California's Central Coast. Try the 2007 Bishop's Peak or 2007 Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon.

December 2, 2009—Thai Ground Pork Salad
Pairing: An off-dry Riesling from Washington state. Try the 2008 Poet's Leap or 2007 Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's.

December 1, 2009—Lentil Soup with Smoked Turkey
Pairing: A full-bodied white or a lighter red. Try the 2007 François Pinon Cuvée Tradition Vouvray or 2007 Benton-Lane Pinot Noir.

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