When David, from Cooking Chat and Wine Pairing Weekend #winepw, asked me to participate in the 1st food and wine pairing event I accepted the challenge. I'm not much of an experienced foodie, but I love to cook, enjoy all kinds of foods and am looking to meet others that are more advanced in this area and be able to lend my wine knowledge to others. The topic of the wine and food pairing with BBQ brought a perfect wine to mind from my experience at my last job and the training that I received. Yes wine drinking is part of learning in the wine industry. I worked for a wholesaler and importer of Italian wines. Part of the portfolio of wines are grown by their estate in Pienza, Italy and the rest are through partnerships with other wineries that are producing quality Italian wines.
During my training in getting to know the wines I tried a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, named Bajo, from the producer I Lauri. I Lauri is located in the hilltop town of Loreto Aprutino in the Abruzzo region of Italy, which is centrally located in Italy. I Lauri produces about 200,000 bottles a year. Bajo is made from 100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and it's aged for 6 months in French oak barrels.
This wine is a perfect pairing for barbecued and/or grilled meats due to its barrel aging, fruit component and alcohol content matching well to smoked meats. This past weekend I paired it with with some simple chicken on the grill that I seasoned and marinated in extra virgin olive oil, rosemary, oregano and garlic salt. I also baked some fresh veggies including baby bellas, red peppers, asparagus, zucchini and summer squash glazed with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Another great suggestion if you do try this wine or another montepulciano d'abruzzo would be to pair it with barbequed pork ribs.
Food and wine pairing can be lots of fun. I've provided the basics in learning how to pair food and wine, but the more you experiment with wines and foods the more you will start to understand how they can complement each other.
Wine Pairing Weekend #1 Bloggers: Be sure to check out the great pairings my fellow bloggers have come up with for the first Wine Pairing Weekend!
The Tasting Pour is posting "Pairing Food and Wine: Cabernet Cliché"
Culinary Adventures with Camilla is pairing "Lemon Marmalade-Glazed Duck Legs + Holman Ranch's Off-Dry Pinot Gris"
Vino Travels - An Italian Wine Blog will share "Food and Wine Pairing: BBQ with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo"
Grape Experiences is sharing "Wine and Dine: Sinfo Rosado 2012 with Chicken Enchilada Burgers"
Pull that Cork posted "Rolled Pork Florentine on the Grill, Which Wine Pairs Best?"
From Cooking Chat, "Grilled Pork Tenderloin Paired with a Bonny Doon Syrah"
Meal Diva blogged about "Grilled Sausage Kabobs and White Wine"
Curious Cuisiniere paired "Wine Grilled Chicken with Lewis Station Winery's Oaked Chardonnay"
Join the #winePW conversation: Follow the #winePW conversation on Twitter throughout the weekend and beyond. You can also visit our group Pinterest board to pin some great pairing ideas for later!