Home renovations and Fetzer Gewurztraminer. As you may notice from some of our pictures, we are renovating the house. The kitchen is getting a fresh paint job and the whole upper level is getting new flooring. Meanwhile we are camped out in our basement offices trying to work.
In Europe, Nutella seems to be almost a food group. This is curious as in general compared to Americans, Europeans tend to stay away from sweet foods and foods that are not very good for them. These are often the same things.
However when it comes to Nutella, they are blind to their healthy instinct. Of course everything in moderation is ok right and too much of a good thing can kill you. Maybe that is their secret.
What is Nutella
Nutella is a brand of sweetened palm oil spread, flavored with hazelnut and cocoa solids.]Nutella is manufactured by the Italian company Ferrero and was first introduced in 1965.
We decided to give a try here in the good old USA and see what wine we can recommend to make it even better. You can buy Nutella just about anywhere jams and spreads are sold.
Nutella tastes like chocolate cake frosting, somewhere between dark and milk chocolate. It is the same consistency as say Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate cake frosting.
The first wine we tried pairing with Nutella is one of our bargain favorites – Barefoot Chardonnay. We have reviewed this before both with food and when used to make a cheese wine sauce for paste, however we have not posted the results yet. ( stay tuned..)
We tried with Nutella with a variety of white wines and the one we favored was a nice German Riesling from the Mosel Valley area. Maybe it is because as Americans we do look for a higher level of sweetness for chocolate and the Rieseling is a medium sweet white wine.
Together we found they are a great match.
Pecan pie is a favorite with Americans and all of here at American Winos. It is a staple at most people’s home for thanksgiving and Christmas. Pecan pie while great with milk is meant to be paired with the right wine.
If we were pairing raw salted pecans with wine we would recommend a light red such as Pinot Noir but pecan pie is a very sweet indulgence.
For pecan pie we recommend a dry white wine such as Chardonnay and pick one that has been aged in a oak barrel to give it a smoky taste to go along with the sweet in the pie.
I recommend one that we like from a previous tasting called Toasted Head from California.
This combination pairing of wine with Pecan Pie will make a great dessert into an unforgettable one.
It is hard not to love good chocolate. Whether it is milk, chocolate,dark chocolate or chocolate desserts, Americans have a love affair with Chocolate.
It is not hard to figure out that here at American Winos we love wine. We also know the best foods to pair with the right wine to give the very best American Winos taste experience. Chocolate is a food that when paired with the right wine or spirit, changes from great to fantastic!
Chocolate desserts such as cakes and brownies go really well with dark red wines like Merlot. Merlot has a lot of body and deep red color with a strong taste that blends well not just with red meat but for sure chocolate.
Try pairing dark chocolate with an Australian or Napa Valley Merlot. You will be shocked just how well these two foods compliment each other.
The Chardonnay grape produces a mostly neutral and slightly acidic taste. Wine producers add taste characteristics through the vinification process, such as aging in oak barrels.
A shortcut to perfectly matching nuts with wine. Take this cheatsheet with you for your next grocery shopping to raise your odds of finding the perfect pairings.
An honest review of Chateau Los Boldos Chardonnay – by me.
So, I have been studying the wine scene in Chile to see if I can learn the secrets of buying great wine from there. I do travel there about once per year so I do get the chance to drink with and talk to locals about their wine industry.
Discover The Euro-Spritz ( that is what we call it anyways)
If you visit Italy, France or even Sweden in the spring or summer you will find tourists and locals enjoying themselves, walking, shopping, eating and of course drinking.
American Winos Are Not Afraid To Try New Wines.
I don’t know about you, but for me part of my love affair with wine is the challenge of discovering new ones. This means sometimes I take a risk and try something I don’t know anything about.