Recipes & Food and Wine Pairings

My familyMy passions in life are my family, wine and food.

As a teacher, visiting educator and lecturer to colleges and culinary institutions, I have spent years working with chefs to create amazing recipes that enhance both the food and wine. The goal is that the combination is better than either of the parts.

Check out the following recipes. Try them with the wines suggested or wines of your choosing and let me know what you think.


Barbara Drady

Pairing food and wine used to be easy. The rule was white wine with fish and red wine with meat.

Most of us have moved beyond straight meat and potatoes and we drink a wider range of wines than Burgundy and Chablis.

Who likes rules anyway?

Your best source of food and wine matching is your own palate. Experiment with different combinations of wine and flavors to discover what makes a perfect pairing for you and to broaden your range of possibilities.

The Golden Rule: Drink what you enjoy!

With that said, I will share some recipes and Sip Tips to get you on the road of discovery so you can Conquer the Fear Factor.

Pairing food and wine, like life itself, is a balancing act…

I spent many years working with chefs to create amazing food and wine pairings.

One of my best secrets are the chutneys I have created to enhance my pairings. You can make these and keep them in the refrigerator for up to a month, ensuring many good meals and appreciative guests.

When the marriage of food and wine works well, each enhances the other, making the meal greater than if you had consumed them separately. Many classic matches have survived through the years because they work so well but you can challenge them and have incredible success.

Sauvignon Blanc in the VineyardThese recipes were developed for Sonoma Coast Vineyards but will pair beautifully with wines of distinction from all over the world:

Grilled Shrimp with Champagne Sauce and White Chocolate and Sonoma Coast Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Quince, Goat Cheese and Pear Tart and Sonoma Coast Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Baby Arugula, Smoked Trout and Roasted Beet Salad and Sonoma Coast Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

OR…Change this up to pair with Chardonnay

Baby Spinach, Wild Mushrooms and Roasted Beet Salad and Sonoma Coast Vineyards Chardonnay

Tandoori Chicken Triangles and Sonoma Coast Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir depending on your choice of chutney

Pinot Noir Cranberry Chutney

Roasted Pear Chutney

Mango Chutney

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup and Sonoma Coast Vineyards Chardonnay

Roasted Tomato & PestoOven Roasted Tomatoes & Pesto on Seeded Toasts for Sonoma Coast Vineyards Syrah

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Recipes developed to pair with Fire Station Red:

Black Pepper Cookies

John’s Almost Really Famous BBQ Ribs

Recipes from great chefs and restaurants:

Junnoon’s Chardonnay Sangria Punch

When life gives you lemons…

Candied Lemon Slice Cookies

Lemon Risotto with Lobster Medallions

Meyer Lemon Dream with Blueberries

Some other favs:

Spicy Red and Cool White Gazpacho

Lobster Risotto

Grilled Teriyaki Flank Steak

Ken’s Chicken Piccata





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