How to Pair Wine with Soup and Other Tips from a Sommelier

Samantha Capaldi, a.k.a. Samantha Sommelier, is a certified sommelier through the International Culinary Center and a gourmet food connoisseur with a passion for making wine approachable. Her spirit of fun is contagious and her wine pairing tips are exceptional. I discovered Samantha while exploring Instagram for pairing recommendations. The featured photo is one of my…

Snoqualmie 2016 Riesling from Columbia Valley

Vineyard: Snoqualmie Vineyards Variety: Riesling Cost: $8 Region: Washington State Food Pairing Suggestions: Oysters, blue cheese and pear tarts, Humboldt Fog cheese, apple pastries, sushi My Tasting Notes: Mello and sweet with notes of green apple, pear, pineapple, and mango Sponsored Post: A bottle of wine provided for tasting This wine is reminiscent of a naturally sweet, luscious fruit salad. This is…

Effingham 2016 Kings Ransom Red Blend

Vineyard: Effingham Manor and Winery Variety: Red Blend Cost: $39 Region: Virginia Food Pairing Suggestions: Pork tenderloin baked in a dark fruit jam with wild rice and roasted pumpkin My Tasting Notes: Earthy, woodsy, raspberries on the nose with notes of ripe juicy raspberries, pipe tobacco, blackberries, and cinnamon Sponsored Post: A bottle of wine provided for tasting. Effingham Manor and…

Virginia Dare 2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Vineyard: Virginia Dare Winery owned by the Coppola family Variety: Chardonnay Cost: $25 Region: Russian River Valley, California Food Pairing Suggestions: Chicken or lobster ravioli, alfredo and butter sauces, sea scallops, rotisserie chicken, Parmesan, flatbreads with roasted vegetables, corn cakes My Tasting Notes: Banana cream pie, crisp lemon zest, wood grilled pineapple, vanilla, clove, nutmeg Sponsored Post: A bottle of wine provided…

Pearmund 2016 Ameritage Red Table Wine

Vineyard: Pearmund Cellars Variety: Red Blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot Cost: $32 Region: Virginia Food Pairing Suggestions: Beef Wellington, Gouda stuffed meatloaf, savory dishes with garlic and rosemary, cranberry and brie puff pastry, brisket with French onion sauce My Tasting Notes: This is a smooth wine reminiscent of the holidays with cherry and vanilla on…

2016 Viognier from Veritas in Monticello

Vineyard: Veritas in Monticello Variety: Viognier Cost: $25 Region: Virginia Food Pairing Suggestions: Oysters, sausage, potato apple gratin My Tasting Notes: Sweet on the nose, juicy peaches, honeysuckle, ripe bananas, salty ocean air, crisp honey finish Sponsored Post: A bottle of wine provided for tasting. Veritas rightfully calls Viognier the white wine of Virginia. This bottle of 2016 from Monticello is lush…