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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Pairing Contest in the Kitchen: Burgundy vs. Alsace

Putting a Pinot Noir and a Pinot Gris to the test at home with spicy Thai shrimp and pork

Posted: August 30, 2013  By James Molesworth

Matching wine and food can be a daunting topic for newbie and seasoned wine lovers alike. Sure, there are basic tenets for some folks—red wine with meat, white wine with fish. But those have been largely eroded: How about a white Rhône with pork? Or Pinot Noir with Salmon? In addition, as cuisines from around the world have been popularized and assimilated in American cuisine, food has become more complicated. It's no longer enough to have a steak. Is it grass-fed or corn-fed? Broiled? grilled? And the sides—how about blue potatoes and pan-roasted okra? Suddenly it's head-scratching time when it comes to pulling a bottle.

Because of this, I try not to over festishize wine-and-food matching. Sometimes I might select the wine first and build the meal around that. Other times the meal comes first and I try to fit the wine. But basically I try to avoid conflict between the wine and food while aiming to just drink and eat what I like.

So the other night as Nancy prepped a tray of Thai-style pork and shrimp balls loaded with scallions, cilantro, Chinese black vinegar, soy and the like, I figured a white would do best. I was thinking Alsace.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

13 Juicy Rhône Valley Rosés

New reviews of pink wines from France, each under $20

Posted: August 9, 2013  By James Molesworth

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

South Africa's Cutting Edge

Four new projects demonstrate the far-reaching ambitions of Cape winemakers

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Molesworth

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The ABCs of South Africa

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Molesworth

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

At A Crossroads

As South Africa reinvents itself, its wineries look to the past as well as to the future

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Molesworth

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

2012 Bordeaux Peaks & Valleys

A difficult growing season results in a very erratic set of wines

Posted: June 30, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Affordable French Whites

Crisp, lively Loire Sauvignon Blancs for summer sipping

Posted: June 28, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Wine Tips

Wine Tip: Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report

A first look at vintage quality, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 17, 2013  By Nathan Wesley, Augustus Weed, MaryAnn Worobiec, James Molesworth

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Reality Check

Reds fare better than whites as France’s Loire Valley struggles in 2011

Posted: June 15, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

2013 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: South Africa

A first look at vintage quality, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 7, 2013  By James Molesworth

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