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We Take the Mystery Out of Matching
With one of the largest selections in the area, Brown’s Bottle Shop is Stillwater, OK’s prime location when you need alcoholic beverages to pair with your dinner, to celebrate after a football game, or for any local events! There is always something new to try. Stop in today to browse our shelves and find your new favorite drink!
Let’s put wine with food! Of course, you will need some knowledge of the characteristics of various wine varieties. Research – AKA consumption – is recommended because it is much easier to match wine with food if you know what the wine tastes like.
Weights & Measures
Wine can overpower food just as easily as food can obliterate delicate flavors in wine, so it is important to get this part matched as best as possible.
Remember that red wines are heavier than white wines, and there are light and heavy varieties of both types.
The Acid(ity) Test
White wines aged in oak barrels have acidity similar to the acidity in dairy products; otherwise, the acid is closer in flavor to the acid found in fruits and berries.
Try to match highly acidic foods with more acidic wines and pair the types of acid in the wine and food together as well.
A Balancing Act
Think about the nuances of flavor in the wines you are considering. Do any of the flavors in one wine especially enhance or compliment the dish you are serving better than another wine? Consider your personal preference for sweet or dry, white, red, or rose wines. Use these factors to fine-tune your selection.
If nothing seems right, you can still seek advice, but you probably won’t need to unless you are just being adventurous.
Drink & Eat Up!
Cheese Cupid features a fun, interactive way of helping you choose which wine matches best with which cheese.
Food & Wine Pairing
Katherine Goldschmidt Crazy Creek Vineyards Cab
“At last, a Goldschmidt for every day!”
— John Franzmann
Those fortunate souls who have tried Goldschmidt wines know that Nick Goldschmidt is a master at creating rich, powerful, and delicious wines. Problem is, they cost upwards of seventy bucks each.
Now Katherine, whom he describes as a creative, adventurous winemaker, has produced a Goldschmidt Cabernet with substantial quality for under eighteen dollars!
Produced in the Alexander Valley appellation, this wine is more structured and elegant than I expected for the price. The Crazy Creek vines are twenty plus years old, and the reduced, concentrated yield really shows itself in the wine.
This wine was a little tight when first opened, yet still had nice aromas of black cherry and currant, with hints of leather and cedar. The fruit aromas increased nicely as the wine opened up.
Initial flavors followed the aromas, with maybe some black raspberry as well. The tannic structure and hints of oak are nicely integrated, making this wine smooth and easy to drink. There is good acidity without astringency and balanced fruit that carries into the finish.
A Goldschmidt wine for every day at last!”
2006 Vintage Improves Upon the Past
— John Franzmann
This is the 2006 vintage, and it has only gotten better. Phantom is a blend of Zinfandel, Mourvedre, and Petite Syrah, and the best of each grape is showcased in this wine.
Bogle Phantom has the backbone and earthiness of Mourvedre, the spice and fruit of Zinfandel, and the richness and velvet of Petite Syrah.
The nose gives aromas of dark cherry, leather, and earth. Flavors are full of blueberry, blackberry, and spice, and the finish is nicely spiced with oak…velvety smooth and delicious.”