Why not go out on a limb?

That's where the fruit is.

~ Mark Twain ~

(Lucia, chapter 14)

 

Food and wine take on their own character role in my Virginia wine country series, The Bonaveras. Researching this series has been a lot of fun, doing wine tastings with friends, driving the scenic byways of Virginia's Blue Ridge area, and learning about Virginia's wine industry, and wine in general.

 

As you read these books, you might find yourself wishing you had a glass of wine and some nibbles on the side. I thought it only fair, therefore, to share a few pairings from my research. I hope you find a couple of favorites to satisfy your craving. Bon apetité!

THE BONAVERAS' SUGGESTED WINE PAIRINGS

WINE

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

 

CHEESE

Asiago, Swiss, Brie

 

FRUITS & NUTS

Apples, Cherries, Grapes,

Crusty Breads

WINE

Chardonnay

 

CHEESE

Brie, Havarti, Mozzarella

 

FRUITS & NUTS

Pears, Green Apples,

Strawberries, Almonds, Olives

WINE

Merlot, Pinot Noir

 

CHEESE

Provolone, Asiago, Brie

 

FRUITS & NUTS

Red Grapes, Pears, Olives,

Almonds, Crusty Bread

WINE

Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

 

CHEESE

Parmesan, Gouda

 

FRUITS & NUTS

Figs, Walnuts, Cherries,

Dark Breads

WINE

Viognier

 

CHEESE

Aged Gouda, Chevre Gruyere, Brie

 

FRUITS & NUTS

Peaches, Apricots, Cashews, Macadamias, Rosemary Crackers

Download printable wine pairings list

A FEW FUN WINE FACTS

 

 

 

 

Charlie's Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

(from Return to Glebe Point)

INGREDIENTS

BACON INGREDIENTS

  • 10 – 12 slices of bacon, cut into thirds
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 TBLSP powdered, unsweetened cocoa

DRY CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

WET CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS

  • 4 oz good quality, milk OR dark chocolate depending on your preference, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup cooled, expresso or strong coffee
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp high quality, Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 TBLSP canola or vegetable oil

PROCESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download printable recipe card

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