Fun food & wine pairings from Fall Wine Fest in Boston this weekend

Hey Everyone,

It was a busy weekend for Hello Vino.

I was fortunate to be invited to the Fall Wine Fest 2009, hosted by Boston Event Guide on Saturday night and wanted to share some wine pairings from the tasting party.I will share 3 pairings in this post, followed  by two other posts with additional pairings, and profile the host of the event, Jeff Popkin from Boston Event Guide (who has 2 serious New Year’s Eve parties on the horizon).

Fall Wine Fest Post 1 of 3…The open space at Vinialia Restaurant & Lounge provided pouring tables with select foods to be paired with what was in your glass.  This was a good opportunity to explore some food and wine pairings that are not in the Hello Vino service (yet), and to put related food pairings that we do have in Hello Vino to the test.

After checking out the scene real quick, we grabbed our tasting passport and traveled over to Spain first.

Food: Orange Rice Salad with a Dijon mustard vinaigrette and tender chicken.Wine: Cellar el Masroig Blend, Les Sorts Jove Montsant

Notes: This wine is a Grenache blend with fresh fruit flavors and chocolate followed by a hint of licorice (which we didn’t pick up) and tannin which illustrates the use of carbon maceration. The chocolate taste was prominent and was an interesting pairing with the salad.  Although the food pairing was decent, I enjoyed the wine by itself a little better.

Food: Sweet Beef Argentinean Sausage with red onion and chutneyWine: Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes: This is an unfiltered wine with big cherry flavor mixed with spices.  Cabernet is a good call for sausage and this worked nicely.


Food: Fish & Corn Cakes with a spicy sweet mango salsaWine: J. Lohr Chardonnay

Notes: This was the stand out white wine of the night. Tropical fruit flavors such as mango and pineapple enhanced the salsa. With aromas of peach, apple, and pear, the wine was not overly sweet and has prominent apple taste. I’m not a big white wine drinker, but I thought this bottle was delicious.
Pretty good start. After grabbing some new glasses, we headed to 3 other areas of the world to sample some more food and wine pairings. Stay tuned for information and what I thought about the sake.

Jim from Hello Vino