For those of you who celebrate Hanukkah, Happy Hanukkah! For those of you don’t celebrate, Happy Hanukkah to you as well. Hanukkah is the holiday of lights, and goodness knows we could all use some light in our lives right now. One of the many blessings of Hanukkah is the foods we eat: latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). The common theme of these two foods is oil, which ties closely to the Hanukkah miracle where a vat of oil that was only supposed to last a day lasted eight days – enough time for more oil to be found to light the synagogue. Today, we’re going to look at Hanukkah wine pairings. We’ll focus on which wines go best with latkes and sufganiyot. Thank you to Food&Wine, JustWineApp, Tablet and Israel21C for their help with this article.[Read more…]
I wrote this article on wine and food pairing nine years ago but thought it was still a great one to share. I love the suggestions of experts like Karen MacNeil and Tim Hanni, who say that we really need to mellow out when it comes to wine and food pairing, that it’s rare that you get an awful pairing, and if you do, it’s a good excuse to laugh and find something else.
I find that a lot of people seriously stress out when it comes to trying to come up with perfect pairings. It’s helpful to keep in mind that most pairings will be good to quite good.
The reality is that if you like a certain wine and a particular food, you will probably like the two together. It’s hard to go wrong when you’re combining two taste experiences you really like. Be adventurous when pairing wine and food!
If you want some suggestions, here are Karen MacNeil’s from her book The Wine Bible: [Read more…]