Talking Wine with Beginners: Learn to Inspire Instead of Self Indulge.

Talking wine


Often times, as we speak to our friends about our passion for wine and are responded with blank stares and a look of overwhelm. It is very easy to get caught up in our passion for wine and perhaps shoot too high above their heads. I think we have all even been on the receiving end of this when we were beginners and I am sure that what thing we all could agree on was it was ultimately annoying!!! Yes, passion is very influential and a driving force behind our efforts, but often times we forget that while enjoying ourselves in our self-expression we should also seek to inspire someone but not trying to flex too many muscles.

Consider when talking about varietal wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot for their unique grape variety and then immediately slip into referring to blends for what we like about them, and we haven’t even talked about region. God forbid we refer to one in the language in which the sort comes and drop words like cépage, Languedoc, terroir….you get the idea. Wine is being produced around the world with even new producers popping up even in Asia. To advert this air of pretension and scaring away an otherwise interested person, do you hand them your favourite wine bible and risk never seeing it again?

I prefer to speak lightly about my passion when with beginners with just enough enthusiasm to hold their attention and keep them captivated without crossing over that fine line into boredom and eventually, certain apathy. Keep the conversation light and simple though effective and lively and when you see their interests lean towards a particular idea just drop in “I’ll send you a link.” Yes we hear it all the time, but if you keep that promise you then score a double header by igniting an interest and scooping them back up with it when it is almost out of their head the following day. It’s like a follow up of motivational push. “Don’t worry about all the varietal wines out there right now, I’ll send you a link!” …where you give them Wikipedia is great for certain facts from which they can decide whether or not to continue to eventually purchase a book.

Often times a video could be better. Certainly you know many quality estates which make an effort to teach wine basics to beginners as to create a larger market. Go ahead and toss them something like from a quality Napa Valley winery. Benefit to this is at least the producer is sure to speak English;) I hope this helps think about how you can manage your conversations as to encourage and develop new enthusiasts instead of scaring them away. This producers a larger audience for our favourite estates and spreads our passion more effectively.



Cooking with Wine: Pressure Cooking

We all love to cook with wine. It will open up a dish and add richness to any piece of meat or sauce. Of course there is going to be the wine that you will cook with and then the wine that you will drink while cooking and these are often to very distinct different things. Now that is not to say that you are “too good” for the wine that you are going to cook with. But perhaps you are using a wine with added salt like we may find in large boxes in commercial kitchens, but I don’t suspect you have any of that. But drinking some wine while you cook may just spark some creativity and boldness to your decisions to try something a little out of the ordinary. In fact, that is exactly what I have done recently.

cooking with wine

If you are hip to the idea of pressure cooking then you are already aware of its benefits, but if not then I won’t go too deep into detail about it here and just suggest you check out an excellent site that I found all about Pressure Cooker cooking. You will find plenty of excellent advice on the subject there. To start, I was loading up my pressure cooker while enjoying a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc when I looked at the beautiful white tilapia that I was seasoning and thought to myself “Hey, why don’t I dry adding a little bit of this wine to the liquid in my pressure cooker?” That is exactly what I did and was completely amazed with how my tilapia turned out. I suspected that the alcohol in such a compressed environment would damage the fragile piece of fish but it turned out remarkably well.

Cooking with Wine and Fissler

The question here may perhaps lay in the kind of pressure cooker that I used. I went to this site to read the reviews of the Fissler Stainless Steel Pressure Cookers that they we featuring. I purchased the 6.3 quart which I am extremely happy about. There is definitely a reason why they call the Fissler models the Rolls Royce of pressure cookers. The Fissler pressure cookers are stainless steel stove top models which are very modern though being manual. They are simple to use and I have gotten comfortable with it really fast, something I thought would take me some time.

The debate here is whether or not I would get the same result if I had been using an electric pressure cooker, which will have a programmable setting. Could this be more tough or more delicate on something like fish? To get to the bottom of it I checked out their page for electric pressure cooker reviews where I was able to find insight on to various models that are highly sought after on the market.

Regardless, I am so glad to have find that I can add wine to the liquid in my pressure cooker, I know that I have only slightly cracked open a new realm of experimentation in cooking and flavour pairings. I hope you are inspired to do the same.


Aging Dinner Like Wine? Slow Cooking to Greatness

We often have discussions with friends on creating delicious and simple meals at home which can be paired with their preferred choice of wine. It is difficult for such food enthusiasts as ourselves to try to dumb down one of our biggest passions which is pairing. But does it really have to be a “dumbing down”? Have we become such elitists in our attitudes that we would negate any simplistic approach to making a good pair? After all, anyone can be surprised by an accidental match. It happens all the time when you least expect it. One minute you’re reaching for a salty or bitter snack or slider on a plate only to be so pleasantly surprised with how well it washes down with your Viognier or Gewurztraminer.

So yes, clearly there is a balance and the main keywords we can give to aid these people are fresh ingredients, whole ingredients, natural sugars, so on and so forth. But what about when the person lives a fast paced life and would like to swing by the liquor store after work, grab a bottle of their favourite vino and have dinner ready instantly. And a quality dinner at that! I know what you I thinking: “Give me a break, how lazy can you be with such high standards?” And to a degree this may be true. However, take a look at the idea of slow cooking where you can throw your fresh ingredients into the cooker in the morning, set it, and have it ready and waiting for you when you’re home.


Wine Pairing

Letting ingredients essentially marinate and simmer for hours on end can be an excellent way to get the most flavour out of them, loading them up with herbs and spices. This is also a very good idea when coming up with variations to your meals and side dishes. Expand the options on the dinner table to match your ciders and dessert wines without cluttering up your counter space while cooking in the evening. Have those dishes already on the go.

We did our research online where we were after the validation of a professional team along with the assurance of happy customers. This search for the best rated slow cookers reviews brought us to a very helpful site called the Best Slow cooker. There we found the combination of both reviews and an average customer rating of each product. We made our decision and tested out our ideal slow cooker on numerous recipes to match a wide range of wine. We made fish and seafood dishes to pair with our favourite Chardonnays and Aligoté, while pairing roasts and chickens with outstanding Gamays and Pinots. In fact, at the same website you will be able to find an excellent selection of the best Slow Cooker Cookbooks and amazing recipes for you to test out. We picked up a few as they have a great selection of ethic cuisines which are always so much fun to pair with wine. Give it a try, we think you’ll be happily surprised with the ease and quality results. Bon Appetite!…

slow cooker for food and wine pairing

slow cooker, variety for your pairings