Foods and the Grapes that Love Them

Favorite food and wine pairings from our resident expert

For our annual food and drink issue, I thought it apropos to focus on some of my favorite wine and food matches.   

Greens and Root Vegetables—Austrian Grüner Veltliner
Recommended Producers: Schloss Gobelsburg, Soellner, Hiedler   

Chèvre—Sauvignon Blanc
Recommended Producers: Vacheron (France), Craggy Range (New Zealand), Spottswoode (California)       

Beef—Argentine Malbec
Recommended Producers: Catena, Colomé, Achaval Ferrer    

Marinara Sauce—Chianti
Recommended Producers: San Fabiano Calcinaia, Fèlsina, Isole e Olena  

Barbecue—Zinfandel
Recommended Producers: Dashe, Seghesio, Scott Harvey 

Mushrooms—Pinot Noir
Recommended Producers: St. Innocent (Oregon), Talley (California), Siduri (California)

Oysters—Muscadet (a region in the Loire Valley of France)
Recommended Producers: Bonnet-Huteau, Eric Chevalier, l’Aiguillette 

Chocolate—Dulce Monastrell (late harvest red from Spain)
Recommended Producers: Olivares, Castaño

Michael Kwas is wine director at L’Etoile restaurant. He writes this column monthly.

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