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Raise a Toast: Food and Wine Pairings

  • Tina Rupp

    The Perfect Flutes

    Serve sparkling wine (perfect with salty snacks) in tall flutes — they have narrower tops, which keep bubbles around longer.

  • Tina Rupp

    Broiled Scallops with Parmesan Cream Sauce

    A buttery, bold chardonnay pairs well with creamy Parmesan scallops.

    Broiled Scallops with Parmesan Cream Sauce
    Makes: 8 appetizer servings
    Prep: 12-14 minutes

    Tip: Don't ignore inexpensive wines — more often than not the price is lower to compete with better-known varieties and is not a reflection of quality.

    Get the recipe here

  • Tina Rupp

    Tenderloin with Polenta and Green Beans

    A lush pinot noir from California or Australia balances rich beef tenderloin and creamy polenta.

    Roast Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Sauce
    Makes: 8 Servings
    Prep: 15 minutes
     

    Creamy Polenta
    Makes: 8 servings
    Prep: 5 minutes
     

    Garlicky Green Beans
    Makes: 8 Servings
    Prep: 10 minutes

    Get the roast beef recipe
    Get the polenta recipe
    Get the green beans recipe

  • Tina Rupp

    Wine-Poached Pears

    Look for a fruity white wine — such as Riesling — for poaching pears.

    Wine-Poached Pears
    Makes: 8 servings
    Prep: 5 minutes

    Get the recipe here

  • Tina Rupp

    Sparkling Wine

    You don't need to spend a fortune to enjoy sparkling wines.

    Try:
    Domaine Ste. Michelle Cuvee Brut, $11, a light, refreshing option with an excellent price point.

    Gloria Ferrer Brut Sparkling Wine, $16, nice steady bubbles, a little more body, good on its own or with food.

  • Tina Rupp

    Chardonnay

    Look for big and bold options from California's Napa and Sonoma valleys and Santa Barbara region, as well as Australia.

    Our picks:
    2005 Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, $13, a rich yet crisp balance of butterscotch and pineapple.

    2005 Ghost Oak Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay, $12, a pleasing balance of fruit and oak, mellow and drinkable.

  • Tina Rupp

    Pinot Noir

    This grape produces France's renowned Burgundies — but these two picks are available at much better prices.

    Try:
    2006 Gallo Family Vineyards Sonoma Reserve Pinot Noir, $13, good balance, gentle fruit yet interesting complexity.

    2006 Meridian Pinot Noir, $11, a great value, appealing pairing of cherry and plum flavors, also good for sipping.

    Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the December 2007 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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