Recipe Off Roading With Wine Pairings

Traditionally, we think red wine with steak and white with seafood, right? Well, today on, we are off-roading on traditional pairings with the help of H-E-B. We paired some of our favorite wines with some of our favorite recipes, and some of them just might surprise you. Here, 5 unusual dinner and wine combos – all for under $20!


Chili and Rosé
Try: Chateau Gassier Espirit Rosé, $14.98
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We have all heard of Rosé all day, what about Rosé all YEAR? You may get a few eye rolls when you pull out a Rosé rather than beer or red wine to accompany your chili. However, this dry Rosé has some slight oaky notes that can stand up to the rich stew and enhance the spices.


Red Wine and Pimento Grilled Cheese
Try: La Crema Pinot Noir, $12.49
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Wine and cheese go together like peas and carrots, but what about red wine and grilled cheese? Think cheesy goodness meets fresh strawberry and plum notes intertwined with earth and minerals. Give this Pinot Noir (one of Tanji’s favorites) a try with your next grilled cheese. We have a recipe for you, too: a Texas-style pimento grilled cheese.


Red Wine with Fish Tacos
Try: Knudsen Erath Pinot Noir, $13.99
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Fish and red? Gasp! Seems like an unlikely pair, right? Then perhaps you haven’t met this particular Pinot Noir. A mix of bright, fruity Santa Barbara County Pinot and darker, rich Monterey County Pinot, this wine is fresh and thirst-quenching. Plus, the acidity makes it light enough to be paired with seafood such as oysters, crab, lobster, mussels … and fish tacos.


White Wine with Red Sauce
Try: Pata Negra Verdejo Rueda, $6.98
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Verdejo is known for its crisp, refreshing flavors of stone fruits and fresh herbs. Use these characteristics to play on the bright acidity of a San Marzano tomato sauce or this Goodtaste no-cook tomato sauce. That’s a perfect pairing right there.


White Wine with Slow Cooked Pork
Try:  Fall Creek Vineyards, Chenin Blanc $14.98
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The acidity and brightness of this Chenin Blanc cuts through the savory richness of a lusciously fatty slow-cooked pork. Add a crunchy slaw or some sweet roasted root vegetables on the side for a well-rounded meal.

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