Wine and Herb Pairing Tips
A shared food and wine adventure
Mari’s knowledge and enthusiasm provide encouragement to cooks of all levels to experiment with new wine and herb pairings. "As a winemaker, I allow the grapes to determine how to make the wine. In the kitchen, I let the wine tell me how to pair it with flavors from herbs," she says.
Herbs are loaded with essential oils that increase your sensory experience at the table. Choosing the right herbs and wines leads to a creative adventure that entices your culinary senses.
A perfect pairing allows the wine to speak, and turns even the simplest dishes into a special occasion.
Here are some tips:
- Grow your own wine garden to accompany the wines you like. Herbs are easy to accommodate in small or large spaces.
- Begin with your favorite wine. Or a wonderful herb. Then build your meal from there.
- In the kitchen (or the garden — don't forget to bring your glass!) try a bite of the herbs and a sip of the wine to test what you like.
- Follow Mari's blog for more suggestions and new discoveries.
Featured Herb: Rosemary
Rosemary is a gorgeous addition to winter gardens, as this evergreen herb blooms beautiful blue flowers. It is drought tolerant and deer resistant. (Great when you live in wine country!) Rosemary is from the mint family and contains essential oils that are found in citrus, eucalyptus, evergreen and roses. The complex flavors complement several dishes and are perfect for wine pairings of many kinds. I like to pair the bold flavors of rosemary with lighter reds and young white wines, like:
Sparkling wines, Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir, Grenache, Cinsault, Counoise, and Sangiovese