A Lesson in Pairing Scents
The Florist: Studio Choo, San Francisco
Flowers Honeysuckle, jasmine and roses are loosely gathered with sage, apricots and thyme.
Wine 2009 Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontés ($15). The vibrant, medium-bodied wine features potent stone fruit and floral aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine that mirror the scents in Studio Choo's arrangement.
Photo courtesy of Studio Choo / Courtesy of Vine Connections
The Florist: Holly Flora, Los Angeles
Flowers Peonies, lilacs and irises look even more vivid when combined with bright green herbs like mint and basil.
Wine 2007 Hugel Gewürztraminer ($22). Gewürztraminer from Alsace is a full-bodied white with a rich lychee aroma and juicy pear flavor.
Food Spicy Thai curry noodles go well with the fruity sweetness in Gewürztraminer.
Photo by Alex De Cordoba / Courtesy of Hugel
The Florist: Saipua, New York City
Flowers Ranunculus, dahlias, violets, scabiosa, black basil and oregano in a 10-inch-high parfait glass.
Wine 2008 C. Donatiello Maddie's Vineyard Pinot Noir ($62). Pinot Noir from California often evokes violets, black cherries and red berries with subtle herbal notes.
Food Duck in a raspberry sauce is a classic pairing with Pinot Noir, which has deep berry flavors.
Photo © Sarah Ryhanen / Courtesy of C. Donatiello