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February Food Holidays & Wine Pairing Guide

February Food Holidays & Wine Pairing Guide

I’ve Got Your February Food Holidays & Wine Pairing Guide Here!

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February is an awkward month. It’s short. It’s bitterly cold.  There’s usually nothing going on, except for people getting sick.  And Mardi Gras.  But Mardi Gras is awesome.

 

There are plenty of delicious food holidays to celebrate this month, but I’ve decide to narrow it down to 10.  And 6 of them are actually all in one week!  So, it looks like you’re going to be having a busy February celebrating.

 

 

FEBRUARY FOOD HOLIDAYS & WINE PAIRING GUIDE

 

Pair stuffed mushrooms with Oregon Pinot Noir! | More food & wine pairings at thegloriousgrape.com
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FEBRUARY 4 – STUFFED MUSHROOM DAY

Wine Pairing:  Oregon Pinot Noir

Why It Works:  Oregon Pinot is notorious for this unique, earthy quality that is almost impossible to find anywhere else.  Think fresh dirt, wet forest floor and funky mushrooms.  So it only makes sense that when you are serving up stuffed mushrooms, you pair it with something that shares those bold, earthy flavors.

 

 

Pair Nutella with Amontillado Sherry! | More food & wine pairings at thegloriousgrape.com
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FEBRUARY 5 – NUTELLA DAY

Wine Pairing:  Amontillado Sherry

Why It Works:  This type of Sherry often gets thrown around when asking for a pairing for chocolate peanut butter cups.  I figured it should work for Nutella, too.  After all, they share that rich chocolate and creamy nutty flavor that is just so addicting.

 

 

Pair Fettuccine Alfredo with Italian Fiano! | More food & wine pairings at thegloriousgrape.com
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FEBRUARY 7 – FETTUCCINE ALFREDO DAY

Wine Pairing:  Italian Fiano

Why It Works:  Similar to Chardonnay, but lighter in body and showing more minerality.  Alfredo is an extremely rich sauce, so while a buttery Chardonnay may seem like a good pairing, it will often make things a little too rich and overpowering.  Fiano is a better choice, with fresh yellow fruits and toasted pine nuts.

 

 

Pair your favorite potato dish with Cabernet Franc! | More food & wine pairings at thegloriousgrape.com
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FEBRUARY 8 – POTATO LOVER’S DAY

Wine Pairing:  Cabernet Franc

Why It Works:  Cabernet Franc doesn’t get enough love, in my opinion.  Similar to everyone’s favorite – Cabernet Sauvignon – Cab Franc is unique in that it has plenty of green notes similar to bell pepper, herbs and even leaves.  These flavors make for a perfect pairing with the earthiness of potatoes, no matter what way you decide to serve them – mashed, baked, scalloped, roasted, Hasselback…

 

Pair your favorite pizza with Italian Barbera! | More food & wine pairings at thegloriousgrape.com
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FEBRUARY 9 – PIZZA DAY

Wine Pairing:  Italian Barbera

Why It Works:  Chianti often comes to mind for pizza, but Barbera is actually a really great option because it is high in acidity, which will really cut through the richness of the cheese and any meaty toppings you decide to add on.  But really, your wine pairing is up to you.  Another option that works surprisingly well is a sparkling French rosé, which is also high in acidity and minerality, but has additional herbal notes that really compliment a good red sauce.

 

 

Pair brownies with Tawny Port! | More food & wine pairings at thegloriousgrape.com
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FEBRUARY 10 – BROWNIE DAY

Wine Pairing:  Tawny Port

Why It Works: This type of Port has been aged longer than Ruby Port in oak barrels, imparting a wonderful toasty, nutty, and caramel flavor that makes the perfect companion for fugdey brownies.  Bonus points if you put the Port inside the brownies!

Related:  Sinfully Delicious Glazed Port Fudge Boozy Brownies

 

 

Pair biscotti with the Italian dessert wine Vin Santo! | More food & wine pairings at thegloriousgrape.com icon

FEBRUARY 12 – BISCOTTI DAY

Wine Pairing:  Vin Santo

Why It Works:  Vin Santo is an Italian dessert wine that is traditionally paired with – you guessed it – biscotti!  You can expect flavors of nuts, dried fruits, honey and even cream.

 

 

Pair Cadbury Creme Eggs with Gamay! | More food & wine pairings at thegloriousgrape.com
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FEBRUARY 14 – CADBURY CREME EGG DAY

Wine Pairing:  Gamay

Why It Works:  First, Happy Valentine’s Day!  Second, yes, there actually is a day dedicated just for the famous Easter treat.  Since today is also Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, the countdown to Easter (and even more Cadbury Eggs) is on!  A light, bright, and slightly chilled Gamay is a great pairing with its candy-like red fruits and high acidity to cut through the rich creme and chocolate.  Be sure to look for a young vintage.

 

Pair cherry pie with Syrah! | More food & wine pairings at thegloriousgrape.com
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FEBRUARY 20 – CHERRY PIE DAY

Wine Pairing:  Syrah/Syrah Blend

Why It Works:  Syrah has a wonderful earthiness and spiciness, in addition to beautifully dark fruit berry flavors that mingle with cola, chocolate and licorice.  For a sweet and juicy pie like cherry, these flavors are a welcome addition.

 

 

Pair chili with a Zinfandel from Lodi, California! | More food & wine pairings at thegloriousgrape.com icon

FEBRUARY 23 – CHILI DAY

Wine Pairing:  Lodi Zinfandel

Why It Works:  Lodi, California is coming to be known as the Zinfandel capital of the world, with centuries-old vineyards producing wines bursting with dark, jammy berry flavors and peppery spice.  These wines are robust and high in alcohol, so they can stand up extremely well to an equally robust and spicy chili.

Related:  Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash Zinfandel Review

 

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Don't let the winter blues get you down! The Glorious Grape has your 2018 February Food Holidays & Wine Pairing Guide to get you through the shortest month of the year. Full of warming comfort food, Italian food staples, sweet treats, and of course all the best wines to pair with them!

What food holiday are you looking forward to the most?

Let me know your favorite in the comments!

 

 

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