Wine Pairings

W I N E       P A I R I N G S

truffles and macrostie pinot I’ve been interested in food and wine pairings almost as long as I’ve been cooking. Well-paired food can “fix” missing elements in a wine blend. It can hide when a wine is thin or tamp down a wine that’s too sweet. And wine can accentuate subtle notes in a complex dish. Ideally they work symbiotically to create a cohesive experience and heighten the other. When I was 26, my sister moved in with my partner and I for a few months. She had just graduated from college and was job searching in California. I was in law school and she was unemployed. We would cook together most nights and at that point in time, I was teaching her about wine. That’s definitely not true anymore. Now my sister is the head winemaker at MacRostie Winery and Vineyards in California. We decided to team up to bring you a recipe and wine pairing now and again. She presents me with tasting notes and a bottle of wine. I write a preliminary menu. Heidi and I cook and wine taste together in person when we can, or via video chat when we can’t. We adjust and alter the menu as we go to complement the wine. Then I write the recipe and she writes the wine notes. It’s almost as symbiotic as food and wine.

Pairing Archives:

truffles and macrostie pinot

Deep Caramel Truffles with Sea Salt

Posted on Feb 11th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 5 Comments

Exciting news for Dirty Laundry Kitchen, aside from this fabulous recipe for Deep Caramel Truffles with Sea Salt! My sister is the head winemaker at…

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Lamb and Eggplant Shepherd’s Pie

Posted on Mar 11th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

This is one recipe that I tend to make at some point every winter. It’s that good. And I’ve tinkered a little, but in general, I make it almost…

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Clementine Pork with Rapini

Posted on Apr 9th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

This playful dish is a nod to the classic Orange Peel Beef. Lighten up! it extolls. And that’s what makes pairing it with MacRostie’s most…

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Red Potato Salad & Whole-grain Mustard

Posted on May 8th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

Red Potato Salad & Whole-grain Mustard is the side for a wine pairing I just completed for MacRostie winery's May release. I'm posting it here,…

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kale salad with hazelnuts in window

Kale Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts and Caraway Seeds

Posted on May 10th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 2 Comments

Sometimes, I find kale salad boring, there, I said it, but this Kale Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts and Caraway Seeds is anything but boring. I really…

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a tale of two wines salmon bbq

Salmon with Lingonberry BBQ Butter

Posted on May 13th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

Once upon a wine pairing, my sister Heidi challenged me to make one dish to pair with both a chardonnay and a pinot noir; this Salmon with…

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boeuf bourguinon with buttered bread

Two Bottle Boeuf Bourguinon

Posted on Mar 13th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

Want to hear a Dirty Laundry Kitchen dirty secret? I’ve been struggling to cook and write the past couple of weeks. The oscillating temperatures,…

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Blue Ridge Mountain Benedicts for dinner

Blue Ridge Mountain Benedicts

Posted on Jun 30th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 16 Comments

This Spring, one of our mini adventures was a weekend trip to Charlottesville, VA. It’s a gorgeous town, situated at the base of the Blue Ridge…

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Canlis Parsnip Soup Hazelnut Gremolata

Canlis Parsnip Soup Hazelnut Gremolata

Posted on Oct 29th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

This lovely Canlis Parsnip Soup Hazelnut Gremolata came from, you guessed it, Canlis Restaurant in Seattle. It also came with a lovely story. I was…

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Lavender Rosemary Goat Cheesecakes honey drizzle

Lavender Rosemary Goat Cheesecakes

Posted on Feb 10th, 2016 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

I perfected these Lavender Rosemary Goat Cheesecakes some time ago (read: a really long time ago) for a fabulous dinner party but for some reason,…

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