Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Williams-Sonoma Wine & Food Book

I received this great Williams-Sonoma book from a friend, and liked it so much that I bought a copy for another friend for her wedding.

I found this list of different types of wines helpful:

Sparkling Wines
  • Prosecco - fruit salad, high acid
  • Cremant - French sparkling wine made outside of Champagne, light and fruity, can be a good value
  • Cava - similar to Champagne but lower in price
  • Sparkling Vouvray - elegant, made from Chenin Blanc grape,look for the word "mousseaux" which means "sparkling" in French

Crisp White Wines
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Muscadet
  • French unoaked Chablis
  • Albarino
  • unoaked White Rioja
  • Pinot Bianco
  • Soave

Soft Whites (great with Asian foods)
  • Riesling
  • Gewurtz
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Gruner Veltliner
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Blanc

Juicy Red Wines
  • Gansu
  • Pinot Noir (Old World)
  • Cabernet Franc (Chinon and Fruili regions)
  • Valpolicella (Classico, not Amarone or Recioto)
  • Dolcetto
  • Barbera (d'Alba or d'Asti)
  • Grenache

Smooth Red Wines
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir (New World)
  • Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)
  • Malbec
  • Tempranillo
  • Grenache
  • Barbera

Bold Red Wines
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah, Zinfandel
  • Nebbiolo
  • Sangiovese (Brunello)
  • Petite Sirah

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