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…

2013 Haraszthy Amador County Zinfandel

Vineyard: Haraszthy's Amador County Location Variety: Zinfandel Cost: $17 Region: California Food Pairing Suggestions: Smoked chicken, salmon, cornbread with chili, bacon My Tasting Notes: Raspberry, peppercorns, juicy blackberry, orange peel, vanilla beans, a hint of tobacco Sponsored Post: No Last weekend was another lovely weekend where summer seemed to mingle in with fall. Leaves are…

Estate Grown Stolpman 2013 Syrah from Ballard Canyon

Vineyard: Stolpman Winery in Ballard Canyon Variety: Syrah Cost: $27 Region: California (Central Coastal) Food Pairing Suggestions: Braised beef ribs, savory herbed mushrooms,  butternut squash, yoghurt sauces, onions. My Tasting Notes: Cranberry, cherry, raspberry, black pepper, currants, blueberry, and lingering dry mineral finish. This bottle has the intense aroma and flavor you want and expect…