Pairing of the Day: November 2011
November 30, 2011—Natchitoches-Style Meat Pies
Pairing: Rich, spicy Washington state Merlot: 2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley.
November 29, 2011—Salmon Steaks with Curried Fennel-Wine Sauce
Pairing: Citrusy, full-bodied Chardonnay: 2009 Talbott Kali Hart.
November 28, 2011—Rigatoni with Sea Bass and Tomatoes
Pairing: Juicy, light-bodied red: 2008 Clerico Domenico Visadi Dolcetto.
November 25, 2011—Thai Shrimp-and-Coconut Soup with Lemongrass
Pairing: Grassy Grüner Veltliner: 2010 Berger.
November 23, 2011—Smoked Cheese Cocktail Cookies
Pairing: Palate-cleansing, bitters-based cocktail: Negroni.
November 21, 2011—Roasted Beets and Carrots with Goat Cheese Dressing
Pairing: Rich Italian white: 2009 Venica & Venica Ronco delle Cime Friulano.
November 18, 2011—Chocolate-Cayenne Cocktail Cookies
Pairing: Frothy, fruity Italian Lambrusco: NV Medici Ermete Solo.
November 17, 2011—Shaved-Vegetable Salad
Pairing: Rhône-style white: 2009 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc, a blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, or the 2010 Cline Sonoma Coast Viognier.
November 16, 2011—Rice Pudding with Butternut Squash and Sweet Milk Tea
Pairing: Nutty, dried fruit–scented tawny port: Warre's Otima 10 Ten Year Old Tawny or Quinta do Infantado Tawny.
November 15, 2011—Shrimp Bisque with Crab and Tapioca
Pairing: Brisk northern Italian white: 2009 Abbazia di Novacella Kerner.
November 14, 2011—Swordfish Piccata
Pairing: Fresh, lime-inflected Riesling: 2009 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge.
November 11, 2011—Slow-Grilled Rack of Lamb with Mustard and Herbs
Pairing: Rich Chinon: 2009 Jean-Maurice Raffault Les Galuches or 2009 Domaine Fabrice Gasnier Les Graves.
November 10, 2011—Sesame-Chile Kettle Corn
Pairing: Fresh, lively sparkling wine: NV Caposaldo Prosecco.
November 9, 2011—Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Wild Mushrooms
Pairing: Ripe, fruit-forward Chenin Blanc: 2009 Domaine Fouet Saumur Blanc.
November 8, 2011—Spicy Green Bean and Tofu Stir-Fry with Ground Bison
Pairing: Juicy, fruit-forward red from Spain: 2009 Evodia Garnacha.
November 7, 2011—Orecchiette with Sausage and Cherry Tomatoes
Pairing: Bold, cherry-dense Merlot: 2009 Avalon Napa Valley.
November 4, 2011—Grilled Shrimp with Apple and Charred Scallions
Pairing: Zesty Riesling: 2009 Meulenhof Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese or 2009 Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Kamptal.
November 3, 2011—Salty Black-and-White Sesame Cocktail Cookies
Pairing: Green-appley California sparkling wine: NV Scharffenberger Brut.
November 2, 2011—Bucatini with Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts
Pairing: Rich white: 2010 Seghesio Fiano.
November 1, 2011—Meat Loaf with Creamy Onion Gravy
Pairing: Medium-bodied Rhône-style red blend: 2009 Unti Petit Frere.