Drink in the Flavor of Virginia Wines with a Food and Wine Pairing Dinner Party!

October is Virginia wine month so raise your glass in celebration of the season with a dinner party that showcases our local, Fauquier County vintages.

From the top of the county to our southernmost tip, there are (at last count) twenty seven wineries with wines for every taste. 

Pairing food and wine is easier than you think with my oh-so-easy menu. Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier or just discovering the pleasures of wine, simply choose your favorite Fauquier County wine for each course from the suggestions given. You can’t go wrong! 

Uncork or decant red wines so they can breathe and release their full flavor. Serve at room temperature. White wines can be served immediately after opening and right from the bottle. Serve chilled.

As you discover the pleasures of wine, you’ll soon develop an appreciation of grape varieties and how each pairs best with specific foods and flavors. There is no right or wrong, only suggestions of pairings that work well together. It’s what you like best that makes for a perfect pairing.

First Course
Pumpkin Bisque
Pairs with your favorite Fauquier Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Merlot

Entrée
Tilapia Poached in White Wine
Pairs with your favorite Fauquier Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, or Non-Oak Chardonnay

Dessert
Toasted Coconut Fudge Pie
Pairs with your favorite Fauquier Moscato, Ice Wine/Late Harvest, Port, Gewurztraminer, or Sparkling Wine, You can also serve Pinot Noir or Merlot if you prefer non-sweet wines.

 

Karla Jones Seidita
About Karla Jones Seidita 7 Articles
In her fifty-plus years as a food industry professional, Karla Jones Seidita has been a teacher, a writer, a restaurant and wholesale bakery owner as well as a regular host and contributor to popular radio shows. She is the owner and innkeeper of Cheesecake Farms, a Bed and Breakfast in Southern Fauquier county. CheesecakeFarms.com

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