4 Tips For Pairing Chocolate With Wine

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Pairing chocolate with wine is such a nice delicacy to indulge in after dinner. Wine and chocolate especially make a great gift for a special occasion. However, it only works great if you pair it correctly. Here are four tips to help you pair the right chocolate with the right wine: 1. Choose a Slightly Sweet Wine: To keep this as simple as possible, you will want to choose a wine that is only slightly sweet compared to the chocolate. This way, none of the flavors are too overpowering. When the chocolate is sweeter, it makes the wine more enjoyable to drink after each bite of the sweet chocolate. If the chocolate is not sweeter, then the wine might be indulged in too heavily compared to the chocolate when it should be the opposite.  2. Keep Richness the Same: If you are choosing a light wine, then you want to choose a light chocolate, such as milk chocolate. If you are choosing a heavy wine, such as a bold red wine, then you want to choose a heavier chocolate, such as rich, dark chocolate. Otherwise, one flavor is going to be much too heavy compared to the other.  3. Go to Tastings: There are plenty of wineries that provide wine tastings with chocolate. This way, you can see for yourself the importance of each wine and chocolate texture to ensure that they are perfect matches for one another. You can even sign up for online sites that sell wine to send you small samples of chocolate to go with wine you are ordering. This way, you know what chocolate to pick up in the full amount the next time you go to buy the same flavor wine. 4. Go Healthy for a Regular Habit: If you are going to make chocolate and wine a regular dessert of yours, the best thing to do is to go “healthy.” Dark chocolates and red wines are definitely the healthiest options since they are considered to be heart healthy foods. And how convenient is it that red wine and dark chocolate make the perfect pairing? This is also a great gift option for the health nut in your life.  When you consider these four tips, you can be sure that you more successfully pair chocolate with wine. This way, you can impress those you are gifting or hosting in your home with your ability to perfectly match these two delicacies.  For more ideas and options for buying chocolate and wine, contact wine companies, like JJ Buckley Fine...

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Menu Ideas for a Middle Eastern Themed Vegetarian Luncheon

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you are planning a luncheon, and want to serve a vegetarian friendly menu, then a great choice of food would be Middle Eastern cuisine. There are lots of delicious dishes that don’t require any animal ingredients. Some of them are even vegan, which is great if you have guests who are not just abstaining from animal flesh, but also dairy. Most of these dishes can be picked up at your local grocery, which is great if you are not the type who loves to cook. Couscous This is a very popular dish all over the Middle East, and is even found across north Africa. It’s tiny semolina balls that are similar to rice. When you go to the market, you can find it on the shelves in packages, but the deli section will also have it already cooked and prepared. The prepared couscous will often times have spices, and vegetables and other ingredients (slivered almonds, pistachios, dried fruit). This dish is great as a main course. Tabbouleh This is a popular salad in countries such as Israel and Lebanon. The salad is made with tomatoes, mint, parsley and bulgur. The salad is dressed with a simple vinaigrette made of olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Different countries have slightly different recipes, so one grocer might make it slightly different than another. For example, in Lebanon, there is much more “green” in the tabbouleh, with quite a lot of parsley. In Israel, the salad has less “green”, and sometimes the Israel recipes might even call for couscous instead of bulgur. Hummus Hummus is a classic at parties, and it is definitely something you want if you’re throwing a Middle Eastern style luncheon. You can get this premade in almost any store. It’s a super healthy dip made with chickpeas, tahani, olive oil, and salt. There are even versions that use sun dried tomatoes. Israeli Salad This is another salad that is popular, particularly in Israel. Unlike tabbouleh, this salad has no bulgur (or couscous). It is a raw salad made up of tomatoes and cucumbers (with some onions). The key feature of the salad is that everything is diced super small. Also, unlike tabbouleh, which has a oil based dressing, a classical Israel salad will have yogurt as a salad dressing. If you don’t see this one for sale in the deli section, then it’s really easy to make yourself as long as you don’t mind spending the time dicing up all of the vegetables. Middle Eastern Style Flatbread: Pita and Taboon Of course you are going to want to have some bread. In the Middle East, the most popular types of bread are flatbreads. You should definitely have...

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