NC Holiday Wine Project – #6

Here’s the REAL secret to pairing wine: If you like it, then your pairing works.  You don’t need a sommelier or the winemaker to tell you that it is good.  It just is!  A sommelier or a winemaker might make a suggestion that you hadn’t thought of, but nothing is carved in stone when it comes to pairing a wine you like with a food you like.

You definitely don’t have to have company to prepare something delicious to munch on this time of year. There is just something about sitting cozily by the fireplace that makes me want to eat rich, decadent foods and/or comfort foods.  One of my favorite comfort foods is Sausage Balls, one of my favorite wines is Cabernet Sauvignon – so why not pair the two. 

I dropped by Raylen Vineyards today to do a wine tasting for the NC Holiday Wine Project and couldn’t wait to get home with this 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with the few sausage balls we had left in the fridge – and what a pairing!  The spice in the sausage brought out the spice in the wine making this a natural pairing.  This wine is rich with complex flavors of clove and chocolate which also makes it a perfect pairing for a holiday ham.  And if you are planning a holiday brunch, pull out this wine to pair with country ham and biscuit or with Quiche.  You might want to even try a dollop of raspberry jam on that ham and biscuit.


Side Bar: This wine just won the prestigious award, “Best in Show” at the North Carolina State Fair.  This award isn’t give out lightly.  And the trophy isn’t the Winery’s to keep.  Like the Stanley Cup trophy in hockey, this trophy moves from winery to winery each year.  Congratulations to Raylen Vineyards for winning Best in Show, 2011.  This Cabernet Sauvignon went up against 443 other wines and came out on top! 

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price: $15.99


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karyn Howard
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 12:51:03

    You are so right about the pairing – if you like it, go with it. It’s so important. People often get hung up in the mathematics of wine and food pairing, instead of just enjoying!


  2. Karyn Howard
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 12:54:43

    Thanks for the wonderful compliments about RayLen’s Cabernet Sauvignon. We’re thrilled that it won the Best in Show at the NC State Fair Wine Competition. We’ve always thought it is wonderful; it’s good to know the judges thought so, too.

    The Cabernet Sauvignon pairs with so many foods. It’s such a warm, toasty wine, too. I like to think about sitting in front of fire, sipping this on a chilly winter night. Enjoy!


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