Wine

Wine Down Wednesday

It’s no secret that I love wine. Attending a few wine tastings has helped me learn the basics about wine, but I’m still far from a wine pro.  Luckily one of my favorite wineries, Mirassou, has a ton of practical information about wine tasting on their website and Facebook page. I first discovered Mirassou Moscato at Publix because it was on sale and had a pretty sun on the bottle – then I was pleasantly surprised by how great it tasted for only $8.

I had some friends over for a “Wine Down Wednesday” to taste the Moscato and three other wines. We used the Food and Wine Pairing Guide to make some things that would go well with each wine. Here’s what we tried:

Moscato – My go to, but who knew that it goes well with pepperoni?! I paired this wine with pepperoni bread (check out the recipe below). It really is like “summer in a bottle.”

Chardonnay – This was fantastic with mac and cheese (even though it was the totally non-fancy, frozen grocery store variety). It smells great when you swirl it and had a bit of a peach taste.

Pinot Noir – The folks at Mirassou were the first to bring this varietal to the United States. It had a bit of a berry taste and, while some red wines are intimidating to me, I really enjoyed the Pinot Noir. We paired this one with cheeseburger sliders.

Sunset Red – We loved how this went with mini chicken tacos. It was a rich blend with hints of cherry.

It’s great to know that wine tasting doesn’t have to be scary. Good wine can be affordable and taste great with your favorite foods. Cheers!

Pepperoni Bread

Ingredients:
1 lb pizza dough
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 oz turkey pepperoni (regular pepperoni works too)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or use nonstick cooking spray on a cookie sheet.
  2. Roll frozen pizza dough out into a rectangle. Brush dough with olive oil. Layer pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese over the dough. Then sprinkle on the Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Roll up the long end of the dough and pinch seam to seal; place, seam side down, on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Slice once cool.

I received this wine for free, but that had no impact on my opinions. For the past few years I’ve been known to stock up on bottles of Mirassou Moscato whenever I find it on sale.

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