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Wine Insiders Club and Tips for Wine Pairing

Disclosure:  I received product to review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


I know many of you like to give the gift of a nice bottle of wine to wine lovers on your wish list, or to coworkers in the office.  I often bring a bottle of wine and dessert to homes that I am welcomed into for the holidays.  It is my way of saying thank you.

Wine Insiders is a site dedicated to helping wine connoisseurs find the best wine for them. With holiday season right around the corner that means that finding the right wine for family dinners is a must. When you buy through Wine Insiders you are able to choose from all your favorite brands in a simple manner. You can choose a single wine bottle starting at $9.99 to curated packs of award winning wines. Through Wine Insiders you can decide on your perfect wine bottle by browsing through tasting notes and customer reviews for any bottle on the site.  There are also Holiday Gift Sets Available. 

I received some interesting wine selections that I know I will love.  Let me tell you a bit about them and offer some pairing suggestions and cocktail ideas.

Scavi and Ray Ice Prestige Sparkling

Scavi & Ray Ice Prestige is an exquisite pleasure, distinguished by its delicate fruity flavor, medium-dry feel, and exceptionally fine bubbles. Serve it ice cold for pure enjoyment.

Chateau Guillaume Blanc 1562

The wine Château Guillaume Blanc 1562 is a red wine produced in the Bordeaux region in France, by Maison Le Star - Château Guillaume Blanc. This 2016 vintage comes from the Bordeaux Supérieur appellation. 

Cala de Poleti Montepulciano D'Abruuzzo D,O.C

Made from 100% Montepulciano grapes grown in a restricted territory on the picturesque central Italian hills, 2017 Cala de Poeti Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is dry and harmonious, with aromas of tobacco and leather. This medium-bodied red was aged in oak for six months, resulting in a robust, ruby-red wine that pairs perfectly with pizza, pasta, meat dishes, and any flavorful Mediterranean foods.

New Zealand Duck Point Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand produces less than 1% of the world’s wine but is celebrated around the globe for its fresh and zesty Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh and exciting 2017 Duck Point Sauvignon Blanc is true to the Marlborough region’s incomparable style, with big flavors of lime and grapefruit, and crisp green bell pepper on the finish. Pour a perfectly chilled glass with fresh green vegetables and an herbed main course.

Roncalla Vino Bianco 

This floral white wine blend with notes of peach, honey and apricot hails from Sicily. Roncalla Vino Bianco is ideal for salads and appetizers, so it is the perfect pour for your next cocktail hour.

Sierra Trails Old Vine Zinfandel

From some of the oldest Zinfandel plantings in California, 2017 Sierra Trails Old Vine Zinfandel is a complex red with aromas of ripe berry, dried plum, and red currants. The flavor hints at tobacco, black pepper, and sweet oak, which carries the fruits through a lingering finish. Pair this red with tangy, spicy meals like barbecue and chili.

Join the Wine Insiders Club and enjoy the simplest way to keep your shelf stocked with excellent, award-winning wine!
Just choose your introductory 12 bottle case—reds, whites, or a mix of both—and they'll add 3 bonus bottles of 2014 Les Chartrons Bordeaux Superiéur, a refined red from a Platinum Medal-winning Bordeaux winery, at no extra charge.
  • That's 12 expertly selected international wines for just $89 (valued at $145 - YOU SAVE 38% off regular price!) for only $89
  • Plus 3 Bonus Bottles of Platinum Medal-winning Bordeauxs valued at  $45, FREE
  • FREE SHIPPING & Handling on today's order ($19 value) bringing the value of today's shipment to $209
  • FREE, No-Obligation Club Membership that you can cancel at any time
Then, about every 12 weeks, we’ll deliver a 12 bottle selection of our super-premium wines directly to you with our satisfaction guaranteed, no obligation membership - cancel at any time. 
They’ll even include a special bonus in your second shipment: a corkscrew kit in a lovely wood box, valued at $44! 
Now that you have your wine, here are 9 Tips for Pairing Food and Wine from
  1. The wine should be more acidic than the food.
  2. The wine should be sweeter than the food.
  3. The wine should have the same flavor intensity as the food.
  4. Red wines pair best with bold flavored meats (e.g. red meat).
  5. White wines pair best with light-intensity meats (e.g. fish or chicken).
  6. Bitter wines (e.g. red wines) are best balanced with fat.
  7. It is better to match the wine with the sauce than with the meat.
  8. More often than not, White, Sparkling and Rosé wines create contrasting pairings.
  9. More often than not, Red wines will create congruent pairings.

Wine Suggestion

One of my favorite ways to enjoy wine in the winter is mulled.  Mulled wine is made by adding spices, sugar and fruit to wine.  It is often made with red wine.  Here is a recipe that I have tried and enjoy.  You can substitute ingredients that you enjoy.