For wine lovers, pairing wine with cheese is not the only skill recognized for wine tasting; you also need to build your expertise on pairing wine with herbs because that makes you a complete connoisseur of fine wines, which is a bonus.
A sommelier might be a wine attendant in a restaurant suggesting wine and cheese pairings. Still, if he can recommend rustic and bright herbs that go well with the selected wine, he is a connoisseur and master of gastronomy, carrying complementary skills. For fresh herb pops, the flavor and the aroma of such a combination are seducing. If you are new to the art of pairing wines with dishes seasoned with herbs, then it is time you explore the wonderful world of herbs.
Many wineries and vineyards celebrate the marriage of wines with herbs, and if you are interested, you can head to Wineries of Niagara on the Lake’s “Wine and Herb” tour on wine and food pairings. This program allows a casual spring celebration of great wine and fresh herbs with a touring pass that allows you to visit 26 wineries.
So pretty – Gave as a Mother's Day gift, and it was a success! Great for those who like to plan little outings with friends and such. I would probably repurchase it if I knew someone else who it would suit.
Made an excellent Christmas present – Contains excellent goodies. I got this as a gift for my father; he loved it.
Make your picnic a delightful venture with an idea inspired by the herbs and berries that celebrate the wine with a mix of delicious fruits you choose. Adding herbs to berries adds flair to the fruity wine.
Using strawberries and wild blueberries in white wine and lemon verbena to improve the zest of wine is a great idea you might want to explore. Remember to slit and dip the berries for a considerable time. Chill them before drinking. You can garnish the wine with large Thai basil or borage flowers; they make the beverage look terrific and classy.
Cooking with wine and herbs is an interesting combination that imparts a unique flavor to the cuisine.
It is definitely easier than most people think. Herbs are analogous to wines when it comes to the similarity of usage; it does not have a lot of wine or herb to enhance the dish's flavor. For herbs, the freshness counts; for wine, the aging factor makes the difference in making a dish extraordinary.
You can try adding herbs and wines in cuisines such as vinaigrettes, sauces, puddings, marinades, and many other dishes that require a dash of lemon and vinegar. In fact, you can add herbs in the company of lime, but wine is not commonly used in adjunction with vinegar. So instead, start with a small quantity, add a few tablespoons, and let the dish simmer until the wine evaporates.
Valuable resource – This is a valuable book about food-wine pairings. It offers expert advice but is not written in a snooty fashion. It's just good stuff for improving and innovating with the matching. To explain the advice, it has some quick but helpful background about various grape and wine types. And, it has some excellent recipes. There's a mother lode of interesting meals and wine pairings in this one.
Really cool and useful – I got this for my granddaughter who is studying wine and all that… she also works at a place that does “wine pairings” and has tastings for wines. She adores the book.
You can taste and adjust the amount of wine and herb accordingly. Poultry and meat sautéed in wine and herbs carry a different flavor; they cook faster in wine. Pairing herbs with wine while cooking gives a tremendous advantage to the cuisine and flavors the dish with a unique taste.