Weekend Wine Pairing: No shopping tonight. Try the quick & easy “kitchen sink” stir-fry

Hey Everyone,

Many of us go food shopping, have a list of the same items you need to replenish, and tend to make the same dinners in some sort of rotation depending on your mood and schedule.

Have you had those nights when you open the fridge and close it… open the cabinets and close them… open the fridge again and close it? A lot of us can not make up our minds on what to have for dinner at this point

What do I want to eat? Should I go food shopping? Should I just order out?

Although you recognize you should probably go food shopping, you stall and wait for the little dinner troll in the fridge to tell you what to make. Here’s a little idea that can buy you another day or so from making the trip to the grocery store.

What to do:

Empty the fridge and throw the kitchen sink at the stove for a quick and easy stir-fry.

What you could use:

(please feel free to substitute vegetables)

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1/3 cup babycorns
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts (optional)
  • 2 cups Brown Rice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Sliced almonds

Other potential items:
Peppers, celery, summer squash, zucchini, cashews, etc.

For protein:
Add some chicken. Vegetarians, toss in some tofu.

Toss all the ingredients in a skillet after heating up the oil and garlic. Cover. Stir and cook for 10 minutes or until everything looks bright and cooked-through. Drizzle the soy sauce on top and stir it in. Top with sliced almonds, cover, and let stand for 2 minutes. Place over rice and serve. This is quick, tasty, and you can avoid lugging grocery bags from the car into your kitchen (for at least one night).

Hopefully you have some wine on hand, but you may have to hit the store for that.  ;)

What wine pairs with stir-fry?

A dry Gewürztraminer is perfect. You could also pour Pinot Gris, or a semi-dry Riesling. However, considering the shopping that needs to be done, enjoy the wine you have in the house and let us know how it works out!


The Hello Vino Team


Wine Cocktails - How to Make a Wine Cocktail with Pinot Grigio or Chianti

Summer is technically over, but there are still a few weekends left with beautiful weather to enjoy some wine outside on the patio, on the front porch, or at a barbecue with friends.  If you’d like to try something different, here are a few wine cocktails from Ecco Domani, and our friend Derrick with the Common Man Cocktails video podcast shows you how to make them.

Pinot Grigio Wine Cocktail - The Ecco Freddo

Some muddled watermelon and a little Pineapple juice make you go for seconds for this tasty Pinot Grigio cocktail. View the Recipe

Pinot Grigio Wine Cocktail - The Vita Domani

The exotic flavor of lychee juice (or pineapple juice) with muddled red grapes and a splash of lemon juice provide a ton of island flavor in this wine cocktail. View the Recipe

Chianti Wine Cocktail - The Ecco Cioccolato

And for dessert, a lovely mix of raspberries and chocolate will give you a new perspective on Chianti. View the Recipe

While you can certainly enjoy a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio on its own, or have a food-friendly Chianti with a pasta dinner, hopefully these wine cocktails make the weekend even more enjoyable for you.

Hello Vino


Which Wine Pairs with the First Day of Summer?

The easy answer: All of them!

But, you may find yourself reaching for a chilled white or rosé wine in this summer heat.  In that case, you may want to try this Pinot Grigio Wine Cocktail by Ecco Domani.  Here’s a “How To” video from the Common Man Cocktails video podcast, with Rick from Hello Vino as a guest:

It was a ton of fun co-hosting this episode with Derrick.  If you aren’t already a subscriber, you should check out Common Man Cocktails on iTunes or watch the videos on EverydayDrinkers.tv.

Let us know if you try this wine cocktail this weekend - please leave a comment below.

Have a great weekend!

Rick from Hello Vino