Wine and Walnuts

A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South

Food and Wine Pairing: Roasted Garlic, Tomato and Spinach Pizza and Llai Llai Pinot Noir, Bio Bio Valley, Chile 2008

Kimberly Houston | February 10, 2011

Ohhhh, this was good — the easiest best pizza I ever made. Super fast and super simple, this pizza came together in just a few minutes time, though you’d never know it from how delicious it was.  The secret is in the roasted garlic. This was my first time roasting garlic – I know, crazy, [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Brown Butter Ravioli and Veramonte Reserva Chardonnay 2007, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Kimberly Houston | January 8, 2011

This is a great recipe for a weeknight, or for when you don’t start cooking until later in the evening, like I usually seem to do, and want something fast, easy and delicious.  It incorporates three things I dearly love to cook with:  butter, balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese.  I ask you, how can you [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Chilied Almonds and Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux 2007

Kimberly Houston | December 19, 2010

These almonds are one of my favorite things to make during the holidays, and the recipe comes from my best friend, so it’s one that’s near and dear to my heart. Plus they’re super easy to whip up, so you could be enjoying these less than an hour from now.
I usually serve chilied almonds on [...]

Simple Food and Wine Pairing: Excellent Food Wines

Kimberly Houston | December 7, 2010


[picappgallerysingle id="5228961"]Since it’s the time of celebrations and get-togethers and Holiday parties and so on, there’s likely going to be a bit of drinking going on over the next few weeks. So I’m thinking this would be a good time to talk about a few really good all-around food wines.
We all probably know that wine [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Somersville Cellars 2007 Red Meritage and Ghirardelli Dark Chocolates

Kimberly Houston | November 30, 2010

I’ve been pairing up this combination a lot lately at wine tastings, and it’s been a huge hit with guests.
You want high-quality, dark chocolate to make this work. I’ve been buying the Ghirardelli Intense Dark Premium Tasting Collection.  It’s a little sampler bag that contains about 20 individually wrapped chocolates  – a few each of [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Thanksgiving

Kimberly Houston | November 24, 2010


[picappgallerysingle id="185033"]I wasn’t going to write the obligatory post about which wines to serve with your Thanksgiving meal, because there is plenty of information already out there on that topic, especially if you follow other food and wine blogs.  But I changed my mind when a few people asked me to please write a short [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Wine and Chocolate

Kimberly Houston | November 18, 2010


[picappgallerysingle id="291255"]OK, it’s the holidays and it’s likely you’re going to be consuming a lot of dessert-type items in the coming weeks. So I thought I’d revisit some wine and chocolate pairing advice I wrote about a few months ago . . .
When I was researching wine and chocolate pairing back in February for a [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Beef Empanadas with 2008 Oveja Negra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, Maule Valley, Chile

Kimberly Houston | November 9, 2010

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iViva Chile!
What a great week for Chile a few weeks ago, huh?!  I don’t know about you all, but I was riveted by the rescue of the Chilean miners, and couldn’t get enough of their stories.
Coincidentally, I received a couple of red blends from Chile as samples that same week, and included in the [...]

NC BBQ Lovers and Wine Drinkers: Weigh In Here

Kimberly Houston | August 7, 2010

Hello dear readers,
Tonight while catching up on food and wine blogs I read regularly, I found a super interesting post over on Dr. Vino’s wine blog about pairing BBQ with wine.  In the post, Dr. Vino references our very own eastern NC-style BBQ.  (I ask you, is there any other kind?  But I digress.)
Dr. Vino does regular blog [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Flank Steak Salad with Roasted Shallots and Goat Cheese and Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir 2007

Kimberly Houston | July 19, 2010

I’ve been craving steak salad for weeks, and finally decided to get on with it and make one, fer cryin’ out loud.  And I am very happy with the results.
This is another recipe that’s super easy to make, but will wow your guests.  Now, I know I say that about most recipes I share with [...]