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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Food & Wine Choices Made Easy . . . Drinks Matcher Widget

“Which wine tastes best with pork chops in a maple glaze? Does rosemary-marinated grilled halibut invite red or white wine? Are there also great food pairings for beer, spirits, cocktails, coffee, and tea?” – Natalie MacLean, New York, March 2009

These days entertaining at home is on the rise and the question of how to choose food and drinks that enhance one another and make for a truly enjoyable dining experience is one many of us struggle with. Natalie MacLean has made it her mission to ease the choices.

MacLean, publisher of North America’s largest wine e-newsletter, is always on the lookout for new ways to assist her readers in pairing food and drink combinations that will delight. As she puts it, “Chicken isn’t just chicken anymore: Now we eat it stuffed with pancetta and fresh herbs, rubbed with curry spices or sautéed in an orange balsamic sauce. We’re looking for more interesting flavors, both on the plate and in the glass—and we want them to work together.”

Natalie has come up with a very cool downloadable DRINKS MATCHER WIDGET (check it out in the upper right-hand corner of this blog) that can be added to your computer desktop, website, blog, or social media page (such as Facebook, MySpace, or iGoogle). Of course, what goes best with what is a matter of personal taste, but many of us are always on the hunt for that memorable combination of food and drink that will make our guests ooh and ahh, that we’ll want to repeat time and time again.

Whether you are a professional foodie or a sometime dabbler like me, you will enjoy surfing around Natalie’s site and exploring the thousands of inspirational, mouthwatering possibilities to be found there: http://www.nataliemaclean.com

Rosemary Carstens
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4 comments:

Jerrie said...

Matching wines is such a mystery to me. This was helpful. Good job.

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Carol said...

Why didn't someone think of this sooner? When I walk up and down the aisles of a liquor store, I'm boggled by the choices. This is a helpful, fun tool.
Carol Grever

Laurel Kallenbach said...

Very handy little match-up. I also like just reading the characteristics of the wines when you click on one!