Spanish Tomato Soup with Spanish Ham and Cheese Panini
I guess it’s just a domestic beer week! One of my favorite things is getting off work and going to the Blind Tiger Ale House on Bleecker Street in New York City. They have a simple but delicious grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup and it’s the perfect thing on a cold New York night. To pair with it, they have a huge selection of unique craft beers from around the world. Although I love trying new things, I always find myself going toward the style of a brown ale because it has the perfect combination of full-flavor and refreshment. One of my favorite brown ales right now is Sixpoint Brownstone. It comes in 16-ounce cans and is so good. It just goes to show you that beer from a can can be classy and taste great!
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Beef and Beer Pot with Buttermilk Potatoes
To pair with Rachael's delicious Beef and Beer Pot, you’ve got to go with beer! A darker beer with deep malty flavors would be a nice complement, but my choice is something lighter and fresher, like the Victory Prima Pils. You're pairing the dish with a beer so you pick up those flavors in the food, but the refreshing Prima Pils is a lively, lighter beer that has enough flavor so it won't get lost in the dish, but with its effervescent and light hoppiness will keep you wanting more of the food.
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Spaghetti with Brussels and Bacon
You can go one of two ways with this dish. A fruit-forward, juicy and herbaceous red, like the Broc Cellars Carignan or Olga Raffault Chinon, which will pair the green notes of the Brussels sprouts with the herbal character of the wine, plus bacon does go well with softer reds or an aromatic, yet weighty white. I prefer the latter but I'm not complaining either way. The cabbage and smoked meat is a classic of the French Alps or especially in the Alsace area, which makes beautiful, aromatic and full-bodied, dry white wines. Try the Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris 2009 (about $20) with this dish or your favorite dry Riesling.
Something about ground meat always screams to me for that quintessential American red wine; Zinfandel. I love that it’s unique to the United States (though it does have distant relatives in Croatia and Southern Italy) and I also enjoy Zinfandel's vibrant, yet easygoing personality. It pairs well with flavorful foods and can even handle some spice since it’s so soft and juicy. Right now, I'm drinking the Antic Zinfandel "Sonoma County" 2009 (about $16) but when I can, I splurge for some Turley Zinfandel (the greatest producer of that grape) from any of their single vineyards.
Sliced Steak Sandwiches with Blue Cheese and Sherry Mushrooms
Anchor "Old Foghorn" Barleywine - Don't be fooled; Barley wine isn't actually a wine. It is a very strong beer made in an old-school style. It's called a barley wine because its alcoholic content can be as strong as a wine, but is made from barley grain instead of grapes. I love to drink barley wine after a meal with cheese instead of dessert and dessert wine. But it can also pair well with some food, albeit richer and more full-flavored food. I love the English versions, but the Anchor "Old Foghorn" was the first American barley wine and it’s one of my favorites. This is a unique pairing, and it won't be for everyone, but the richness of the beer, with the slight carbonation is the most delicious thing you can drink with Rachael's steak sandwiches.
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Roast Lamb with Potatoes and Salsa Verde
Palacios Bierzo "Petalos" (Galicia, Spain) - Lamb is an earthy, gamey meat that is often paired with mint or in this case, Rachael's delicious Salsa Verde to offset and balance those flavors. For this I love to pair a riper, more fruit-forward yet also full-flavored wine, such as Alvaro Palacios' "Petalos." It is ripe and a little jammy, but offers a lot of flavor and complexity for under $20 per bottle. I also love that this wine is produced organically and comes from a little known grape called Mencia. It only grows in the hills of Northwestern Spain, so you’re getting a unique flavor experience and a perfect pairing.
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