Updated July 19, 2010
Liz asks Tim –“I hear that red and white wine blends are all the craze right now. What are some good suggestions and what type of foods should I be pairing these wines with?”
You are correct. Red and white wine blends are all the craze right now! Blending wines is a time-honored tradition, intended to give wineries more flexibility in making wines. Red blends tend to be bold in flavor and complement foods equally as bold. Opt for hearty dishes such as hamburger, lamb, steak, venison, London broil, prime rib, ribs and tri-tip roast. The only exceptions are spicy dishes or heavily creamed dishes that will compete, rather than complement, with the style of blend. For finger foods, try cheddar cheese and similar sharp "English" cheese. For white blends, the best food options are usually listed on the label! Salads, strong cheese, seafood and grilled chicken are just to name a few. They are very food-friendly wines and are superb on their own. Blends typically become more complex with age. So the next time you visit Brinkmann's, be sure to ask for our best selection of red and white blends!