(04/01/2012)

Wine & Food Pairing Made Simple

This new line of fine wine from France takes the guesswork out of wine and food pairing.

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another: You know exactly what you’ll be eating for dinner, or you have your heart set on your favorite takeout, or you get that phone call— you know the one, “Honey, I’m roasting a chicken tonight, could you stop by the wine shop and pick up a bottle?” Easier said than done, right? You walk into the wine shop, and are confronted with aisles and aisles of bottles with confusing names, and now you have to ask yourself, “Which one goes with roast chicken?” Or sautéed shrimp? Or a juicy grilled veal chop?

That’s where The Pairing Collection, a new line of wine from France, comes in. You don’t have to decipher the label while wondering if that slightly familiar word on the label is a place or a grape. And you don’t have to pick up a bottle, turn it around, and scan the fine print hoping someone has made your search easier. Everything you need to know is right there on the front label—telling you what that wine is made to pair with.

Sure, the names are fun, but you’ll never mispronounce Chops & Burgers, Salmon & Trout, Chicken & Turkey, Cheese & Crackers, or Lobster & Shrimp. And not only won’t you mispronounce the name—you won’t make the mistake of pairing it with the wrong food either. The pictures on the label are fun too, but that’s okay, because wine is supposed to be fun, and dinner is supposed to be fun, and dates are supposed to be fun. So why add in all the stress of trying to figure out if you’ve chosen the right wine?

But it’s not all just fun and games: These are serious wines too! Chops & Burgers, Salmon & Trout, and Chicken & Turkey have been rated Best Buys by the tasting team at Wine Enthusiast.

The Pairing Collection hails from France, home of the some of the finest wine in the world. Both Chops & Burgers and Salmon & Trout are from the esteemed region of Bordeaux, and Chicken & Turkey is from the Côtes du Rhone. And while Cheese & Crackers is from another region you may know, Beaujolais, Lobster & Shrimp will allow you to discover the little known Muscadet Sèvre et Maine appellation.

With three reds and two whites from five different regions, The Pairing Collection offers French wine that’s right for any occasion, whether you are preparing a celebration for your family or grabbing a burger with friends. So the next time it’s your turn to stop by the wine shop, pick up a bottle that knows what you should drink it with.