Pairing of the Day: December 2010

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

December 31, 2010—Winter Squash Soup with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pairing: Appley Vouvray: 2008 François Chidaine Clos Baudoin or 2007 François Pinon Cuvée Tradition.

December 30, 2010—Sautéed Squid with Fried Eggplant
Pairing: Full-bodied Pinot Gris: 2009 Taz Santa Barbara.

December 29, 2010—Green Pea Samosas (Hare Mutter Ki Samosa)
Pairing: Brisk Austrian Grüner Veltliner: 2009 Weingut Stadt Krems Steinfeld or 2009 Anton Bauer Gmörk.

December 28, 2010—Fried Chicken Kebabs (Ganderi Kebab)
Pairing: Fresh, bright New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: 2010 Nobilo or 2009 Villa Maria Reserve.

December 27, 2010—Curried Coconut-Seafood Soup (Seafood Rassa)
Pairing: Lime-scented dry Riesling: 2009 Joel Gott or 2009 Pewsey Vale Eden.

December 24, 2010—Slow-Roasted Pork Loin with Molasses and Balsamic Glaze
Pairing: Velvety Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: 2007 Boscarelli or 2007 Avignonesi.

December 23, 2010—Grilled Quail with Goji Berries and Pine Nuts
Pairing: Spicy, black cherry–scented Pinot Noir: 2008 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley.

December 22, 2010—Salt-Baked Leg of Lamb with Olive Oil Potatoes
Pairing: Medium-bodied Italian red: 2007 Calea Nero d'Avola.

December 21, 2010—Eggplant Börek
Pairing: Light-bodied Gamay: 2008 Grosjean Gamay or 2009 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie.

December 20, 2010—Creamy Beet Dip with White Crudités
Pairing: Earthy, fruity sparkling rosé from Burgundy: NV Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut.

December 17, 2010—Flank Steak Spirals with Porcini & Red Wine Sauce
Pairing: Velvety Napa Valley Merlot: 2007 Trinchero Napa Valley Mario's Vineyard.

December 16, 2010—Blue-Cheese-and-Walnut Dip with Waldorf Crudités
Pairing: Dry, appley sparkling wine: NV Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut.

December 15, 2010—Potato Soup with Spicy Shrimp
Pairing: Silky white blend: 2009 Heartland Stickleback White.

December 14, 2010—Italian Meatballs in Caper-Tomato Sauce
Pairing: Spicy, cherry-scented Tuscan red blend: 2008 Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano.

December 13, 2010—Fried Shrimp-Stuffed Crêpes (Pantras)
Pairing: Vibrant Prosecco: NV Riondo Pink Spago Raboso.

December 10, 2010—Ginger-Miso Sweet Pea Spread
Pairing: Bright cava: NV Cristalino Brut.

December 9, 2010—Mushroom, Butternut Squash & Gruyère Tart
Pairing: Savory, complex Cabernet Sauvignon: 2006 Bond St. Eden.

December 8, 2010—Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce on Spaghetti
Pairing: Juicy, dark-berried Montepulciano: 2008 Valle Reale Vigne Nuove.

December 7, 2010—Fresh Fettuccine with Chicken-Liver Sauce
Pairing: Bright, cherry-rich Pinot Noir: 2008 Heron Sonoma County.

December 6, 2010—Beef Stir-Fry with Fresh and Pickled Ginger
Pairing: Blackberry-rich Napa Valley Cabernet: 2006 Hestan Vineyards.

December 3, 2010—Casserole-Baked Halibut with Leeks and Carrots
Pairing: Minerally, savory white Burgundy: 2008 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc.

December 2, 2010—Chicken Baked on a Bed of Bread and Swiss Chard
Pairing: Ripe, full-bodied Chardonnay: 2008 Estancia Monterey County.

December 1, 2010—Slow Cooker Ham Hock and Chickpea Stew
Pairing: Rich white Rhône blend: 2008 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc.

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