Food and wine, wine and food. We all know how sublimely well this combination can work. It's a fun but challenging process, learning how to fine-tune our palates to detect, appreciate and suggest good pairings of our own. But sometimes, there's no reason to reinvent the wheel, especially when you have bloggers like Wine Country Cook within a click's distance.
Lori Lyn Narlock is the Napa-based writer, cook and collector behind Wine Country Cook and we lean on her expertise to bring elegant, manageable dishes to our tables - with various beverages to match. After all, as a wife and mom herself, she admits the recipes are "all pretty easy because I know we're all strapped for time."
Tomato and Bread Salad with Chardonnay is a perfect summer pairing, and she explains why Carménère's juicy, fruity character makes a great match with the tangy toppings on her Bacon-Stuffed Burgers. As an equal opportunity drink enthusiast, it's great to see her chosen pairing for the often wine-challenging dish, coleslaw: beer!
Having authored dozens of books on food, wine and entertaining, as well as spending some time at Bon Appetit, Wine Country Cook no doubt has an expert eye for developing recipes that taste as good as they look. Check out more of Lori's accessible pairings and let us know which ones are your favorites!