Favorite Winter Food and Wine Pairings

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It’s the perfect season to spend time in the kitchen cooking and then share that good food, paired with Loire Valley wines, with good company. Check out these favorite winter food and wine pairings.

Hazelnut-Crusted Duck with Red Wine Sauce and Chinon
This grilled Duck is decadent with a hazelnut crust and topped with an elegant red wine sauce. It’s the perfect pairing with a Chinon wine (a Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley of France) and a cozy winter evening. Hearty, warming and flavorful. See the recipe and pairing here.

Butternut Squash Soup and Savennières Wine
Ever host soup nights for friends or just for your family? They end up being some of our favorite meals of the season. This cozy butternut soup is easily paired with a crisp white wine from the Loire Valley. It’s the perfect pairing of opposite temperatures. See the recipe and the wine pairing here.

Homemade Pappardelle with Winter Squash and Muscadet Wine
Rather than going out, get into hibernation mode and have a date night at home. Spend an evening in the kitchen together making homemade pappardelle pasta with roasted winter squash and a perfectly paired bottle of Loire Valley wine. Click here for the recipe and wine pairing.

Rosemary Goat Cheese Gougères and Sauvignon Blanc Wine
Let’s be honest. What is better on a cold winter day than cheese?! Not much. These Rosemary Goat Cheese Gougères are the perfect party bite, especially when paired with a high-quality Loire Valley wine. Click here for the recipe and pairing.

Pomegranate and Balsamic-Stuffed Butternut Squash with Loire Valley Wine
Dig into this stunning side dish of stuffed butternut squash paired with a white Vouvray wine from the Loire Valley. See the recipe and pairing here.


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