Raise a Toast: Food and Wine Pairings
The Perfect Flutes
Serve sparkling wine (perfect with salty snacks) in tall flutes — they have narrower tops, which keep bubbles around longer.
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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.
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.
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.