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Valentine’s Day Food and Wine Pairing | ESSENCE Magazine Feature

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Valentine’s Day Food and Wine Pairing | ESSENCE Magazine Feature

What do Valentine’s Day, food, wine and ESSENCE Magazine have in common? They’re some of our favorite things!  For those of you who didn’t catch our feature in the February issue of ESSENCE Magazine, here are our food and wine pairings for you and that special someone this Valentine's Day and beyond. 

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken 

Fried Chicken 

Seduce your special someone -or enhance your own palate- with perfectly golden fried chicken. Add a glass of sparkling wine. The saltiness of the food harmoniously accentuates the fruit flavors of the champagne.

Oysters

Oysters with horseradish and chives 

Oysters with horseradish and chives 

Research suggests that the rich amino acids in shellfish like oysters can have a lingering effect on your libido. Pair your oysters on ice with an eco.love chilled Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. This style of wine is bursting with passion-fruit, nectarine and citrus flavors, while also being a dry wine - not a lot of sugar.  

Figs

Figs with goat cheese 

Figs with goat cheese 

Some scholars believe the forbidden fruit Eve gave to Adam was actually a sweet, pulpy fig. Try this succulent treat with an eco.love off-dry Riesling for a nice balance of peaches, florals, ginger, honey, a touch of sugar and great citrus flavors that keep you asking for more! 

Chocolate

The Aztecs were believed to be one of the first to use cocoa beans to increase sexual desire. To turn up the heat, combine chocolate-covered strawberries, pineapple or bananas with a sweet wine, like a Port Wine or a Moscato.

*Article as seen in Essence Magazine 

 

 

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To Decant Or Not To Decant Red Wine…And For How Long?

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To Decant Or Not To Decant Red Wine…And For How Long?

Do you notice when you open a bottle of red wine and pour a glass, the wine gets better over time, especially the second glass (not a trick question!)? You start to notice the wine smells better, the fruit flavors become pronounced and the tannins are softer? That’s because the wine has “opened up” due to the increased contact with the air. Decanting introduces oxygen, which releases aromas and flavors in all red wine.

So how long should you decant wine?

Most tannic red wines will take about 2-3 hours and typically last 12–18 hours after being decanted.

Red Wines

  • · Zinfandel: 30 minutes
  • · Pinot Noir: 30 minutes
  • · Malbec: 1 hour
  • · Grenache Blend: 1 hour
  • · Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot: 2 hours
  • · Petite Sirah: 2 hours
  • · Tempranillo: 2 hours
  • · Sangiovese: 2 hours
  • · Syrah/Shiraz: 2–3 hours
  • · Nebbiolo: 3+ hours

DO NOT DECANT 20+ YEAR OLD RED WINE!

Chances are you probably dropped some serious dough for an 20+ year old, dry, bottle of red wine. These types of  wines show best decanted immediately before serving. If you wait to long, all the amazing aromas and flavors would have disappeared!

What happens if you decant a wine for too long?

High levels of acetic acid (the same acid found in vinegar) increases and a repugnant, vinegar-like smell then emerges, which is a very good indicator that the wine has gone bad.

Trick of the trade: You don’t need to spend top dollar on your house party wines. Decant the cheap bottles of red before your guests come over, we promise you they will taste double the price you paid!  

 

 

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6 Common Myths About Wine

Truvée Red Blend

Truvée Red Blend

Does expensive mean better? I heard that sweet wines are for rookies? With so many common misconceptions going around, it’s hard to decipher between fact and fiction these days. Because unquestioned truths can hinder a person from exploring a world of new wines, let’s take a moment to debunk some of these ridiculous myths.

1. Starting with; Blended Wines Are Not As Good As Non-Blended Wines. Well, we can certainly tell you first-hand that this one is definitely a myth. Sure the obvious choice for most people is to go with a single grape wine, but there are Blends that are just as exciting. Some people prefer a mix of their favorite wines as opposed to drinking one on its own. Blends are definitely worth exploring. Try our Truvée Red Blend, a mixture of Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Zinfandel, and see just what we mean.

Opus One is an example of another Red Blend 

Opus One is an example of another Red Blend 

2. Another common misconception is that Expensive Wines Are Better Wines. Truth is, the price of wine is influenced by many factors other than quality, such as location, image, supply and demand, just to name a few. Besides, everyone has a different palate, so go for what YOU like.

3. Sweet Wines Are For Beginners, Not Educated Palates. Actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Some of the greatest wines in the world are sweet, flavorful and ageworthy, and appeal to a large majority of seasoned drinkers.

4. Did you know that Only Red Wine Has Health Benefits? No? Good, because this one isn’t true either. Although red wine does have more health benefits, mainly due to the antioxidants and phytochemicals in the grape skins, both red and white wines are linked to a decrease in heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

5. You should always Serve Red Wine at Room Temperature. Well, this really depends on what room temperature is. Most red wine is best served between 57-65ºF (14-18°C) depending on grape variety.

6. And the last misconception on our list is that Wine Sealed With a Cork Is Better than wine sealed with a screw cap. Actually, screwcapped wines age just as well as corked wines, but the reason so many wineries have yet to make the transition is simply because they’re concerned with their wine being perceived as cheap.

Missed any myths you’d like to debunk? Let us know … Sound off.

Robin + Andrea

 

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