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Feb

19

Oscar Worthy Wine and Food Pairings

Categories: Far Niente Cabernet, Far Niente Chardonnay, Wine Pairing

The prestige, the glamour, and the red carpet – it’s easy to get swept away in the enchantment of The Oscars ®. Although it takes months and months of planning to pull off an evening as magical as the 90th Academy Awards, planning Oscar-worthy wine and food pairings for your own red-carpet watch party doesn’t have to be so daunting.

We’ve curated some stunning pairings to make any Oscar wine and food event worthy of the 24-karat gold plated statuette, while still being attainable. These pairings are all about the star quality of the wine, while the food takes on a best supporting role.

Pairing #1

Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon and Mini Kobe Beef Wellingtons

Our Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon is balanced and lush, with refined tannins and a fresh acidity on the finish. Its dark fruit flavors and beautifully integrated tannins make this Napa Valley Cabernet  a  luxurious pairing with any red meat or richly flavored menu.

That’s why mini Kobe beef wellingtons or slow cooked short rib sliders are an excellent pairing. Already a crowd pleaser by themselves, when paired with this wine their star quality is instantly elevated. As an added bonus, bite-sized dishes such as these easily serve a full house and look elegant to boot!

Try this Recipe for Mini Kobe Beef Wellingtons

 

Pairing #2:

Far Niente Chardonnay and Goat Cheese Empanadas 

When paired with the bright fruit, crisp acidity and creamy palate of our Napa Valley Chardonnay, decadent small plates like goat cheese empanadas or lobster risotto arancini really shine.

The subtle toasted oak and layers of texture of our Far Niente Chardonnay elegantly contrasts beautifully with leaner meats such as shellfish, fish, and chicken, and elegantly complements rich pastas and vegetable dishes.

Try this Recipe for Goat Cheese Empanadas

 

Pairing #3:

Enroute Les Pommiers Pinot Noir and Butter Lettuce Cups with Duck Confit Salad

This Enroute Pinot Noir catches its big break when paired with our butter lettuce cups with duck confit. Because our flagship Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers,” offers firm, yet fine-grained tannins with a rich and juicy mid palate, it can be enjoyed with a wide variety of foods with showstopping success.

In fact, that versatility is one of our favorite things about Pinot Noir. We love how our own Russian River Pinot Noirs partner effortlesssly with delicate fish and braised short ribs, however, we are particularly drawn to how beautifully it pairs with duck, whether confited, roasted, or pan-seared.

Try this Recipe for Butter Lettuce Cups with Duck Confit Salad.

 

So gather some friends and let’s raise a glass to the 90th Academy Awards! Happy viewing.