Each Friday we turn to the wine community for news, tips and recipes for great food and wine pairings . . .
How to pair wine: This week: chicken stew
First the wines (this is a wine blog afterall …):
2011 Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno, Le Marche, Italy: A mix of mostly sangiovese with a healthy dollop of the eastern Italian grape montepulciano, for a range of flavors, ample tannin and zinging acidity. $12-$15
2011 Pardas White Blend Rupestris, Catalunya, Spain: Terrific blend of indigenous Catalan grapes (xarello especially) for perfumes of ripe pear and sweet apple, with a trifecta of lemony edge in aroma, flavor and cleanup. $15
2009 Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate, Willamette Valley, Oregon: Lovely cherry and cooked strawberry flavors and scents, with cleansing acidity, persistent finish and moderate tannin. $28