February Food Holidays & Wine Pairing Guide
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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
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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