White wine? It’s cold outside!
The next time a friend raises an eyebrow when you serve white wine in front of the fireplace say, “It’s Duetto.” Allegretto’s Duetto, to be precise, another prize from the Allegretto Vineyard collection of award winning Paso Robles estate wines.
Pairing wines to seasons is becoming as old-hat as limiting red wine to beef and white wine to fish. Allegretto Vineyard is leading the charge into eliminating seasons for wine with their Duetto White blend of Vermentino and Viognier. This white wine’s fall notes of cardamom and maple make it perfect for balancing with a rich winter stew and warm biscuits, or any other cold day comfort food. Wine enthusiasts are shedding the old seasonal and food pairing restrictions in favor of more personal and adventurous taste experiences.
Who knows how the seasonal traditions got started. Maybe because those old-world castles were just too cold from October to May and the lords and ladies wanted deeper red wine to warm their blood? The truth is, some people have been enjoying white wine for the entire year, even with steak and when outside temperatures are near freezing. Now, those former renegades can stop hiding in their wine cellars and take their places as pioneers in the wine world. The Duetto from Allegretto’s award winning Paso Robles estate wine offerings is a good choice to start with.
Think about it. Do you only eat chocolate on Valentine’s, drink champagne on New Year’s Eve, and who hasn’t enjoyed an ice-cold beer in December? Admit it. You have enjoyed a glass of red wine with a chicken dinner. Why? Because the herbs and oil roasted into the chicken combined with those sips of red wine set off a special flavor experience you crave, again and again. It’s no different for enjoying white wine when there is frost on the ground.
Actually, white wine is not supposed to be consumed straight out of the fridge at its coldest. The best temperature for serving white wine is between 49-55°F. If it has been stored in the fridge, giving it 30 minutes on the counter before pouring opens the aroma and flavor and adds an interesting body to support heavier cold-weather meals.
More reason to enjoy white wine any time of the year; the popular medical advice website, Web M.D. says that white wine might be even better for health than red wine:
White wine is full of phenolic compounds, which are antioxidants.
Moderate consumption of white wine helps heart and artery function.
A little glass of white wine may be helping you stay slim.
Sipping crisp wine with a meal can add lighter flavor undertones to the richer food we tend to consume in cold weather. Try a glass of Alegretto’s Duetto with roasted rabbit and red potatoes or a good old-fashioned homemade meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes. When the days warm up, enjoy Duetto with a smoked salmon salad and crusty French bread. Take a bottle to a holiday party and lead your friends on a new winter wine adventure.
Allegretto Duetto is only available from the Allegretto Vineyard and Wines or the Allegretto Resort Cello Restorante and Bar. The Duetto is one of the featured wines on the tasting room’s wine menu. The Allegretto Vineyard and Wines tasting room is located at 2700 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles, CA 93446. Give us a call at (805) 369-2526.
The Allegretto Tasting Room offers a unique opportunity to sample some of the region’s best award-winning wines. Both estate and single vineyard wines are available from the Allegretto vineyards that surround the tasting room and the nearby Willow Creek District Wine tasting at Allegreto Tasting room gets you a fresh glass after each tasting and explanations about the wine. Purchase at least two bottles and the tasting fee is waived. Food and wine by the bottle are available in the family-friendly courtyard. The wine tasting list includes the gold medal winning 2013 and the 2014 single vineyard cabernet sauvignon, both from the Willow Creek Vineyard. The tasting room is also the place to experience a unique “flavor balancing” experience that adds a completely new view to wine and food pairings. The flavor balancing seminar was brought to Allegretto by John Stallcup, the Director of Wine Hospitality. John, the former Marketing VP for the wine group also co-founded the Napa Seasoning Company with Tim Hanni, MW, one of the originators of Flavor Balancing as well as being the first American to pass the Master of Wine Exam and the inventor of the Progressive Wine List. Flavor balancing has been adopted by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust not to mention a growing group of chefs, including Allegretto’s Chef Eric Olson, Jeremiah Tower, Michel Trama in Bordeaux, France, and Sarah Scott in the Napa Valley. Flavor balancing is a technique to learning to drink the wines one prefers with the food one likes to eat. Yes! White wine with steak! And here is how it’s done!
Because humans adapt to any sensation of sound, sight, hearing, touch, aroma or taste we can experience negative adaptations. The easiest way to understand a negative adaptation for tasting food is to brush your teeth and then drink orange juice. You experience only the bitterness of the orange juice because your taste adapted to the sweetness and it disappears to your sense of taste. When you “flavor balance” you avoid negative adaptations and accentuate positive ones. By adjusting the acid, salt, savory (umami) and bitterness levels, while avoiding sugar in entrees and sides, chefs create a balance that allows wine to work perfectly with a dish, regardless of the wine selection. Flavor balancing is the basis of many foods in wine cultures like Italy, which serves lemon with its famed Steak Florentine. It also works with cuisines that are popularly considered more difficult to pair with wines, like Thai, Chinese, and Indian. To experience flavor balancing at the Allegretto Tasting Room, first call ahead to schedule the time. You and your guests will have personal attention while engaging in the hands-on exercise of balancing the five primary tastes of sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. By balancing the primary tastes in the food you avoid negative adaptations, enhance positive adaptations and thereby enhance the experience of food and wine. Guests will also learn about negative and positive adaptations, how to avoid them as well as the difference between flavor and taste. You will learn how to pair wine with the diner, not the dinner.
and be automatically entered to win two nights at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort. Your stay will include complimentary wine tasting and discounts on your purchase.