Food Republic has partnered with Bridlewood Estate Winery to bring you some great entertaining and cooking posts. Next up is Brian Samuels of A Thought for Food sharing some wine and beer pairing tips for a variety of dishes. Brian and A Thought for Food can be found on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Beer/Wine: Pilsner/Chardonnay
Food: Lobster Roll
Why: There are few things more enjoyable than sitting outside on a blazing hot summer day with a tall beer or a glass of wine. Pilsners and Chardonnay are lighter options that pair with a variety of foods. For heavier dishes, like this lobster roll, the vanilla notes in the Bridlewood chardonnay go perfectly with the natural sweetness of the lobster meat. The slight bitterness (from the hops) and sweetness (from the malt) flavors, as well as the fizziness of the beer, help cut through the richness in the creamy lobster roll.

A slightly charred burger pairs nicely with both Pinot Noir and English IPAs.

Beer/Wine: English IPA/Pinot
Food: Burger with Caramelized Onions
Why: Burgers and beer always seem like a natural pairing, but have you ever tried pairing it with a glass of wine? Next time you’re lighting up the grill, pull out a bottle of Bridlewood Pinot Noir. A slight char on the burger pairs beautifully with the hint of black pepper in the wine. For the brew lovers in the group, serve an English IPA. The caramel notes that come through in the beer pair perfectly with the grilled red onions.

Take out a Cabernet the next time you roast up your favorite fall or winter veggies.

Beer/Wine: Brown Ale/Cabernet Sauvignon
Food: Roasted Vegetables with Gorgonzola and Fresh Herbs
Why: Sure, they say Cabernet traditionally pairs best with meat… but what about a dish for vegetarians? Roast up fall favorites (carrots, parsnips, turnips) to bring out their natural sweetness. These satisfying fall flavors will shine when sipping on Bridlewood Cabernet, with its subtle notes of chocolate and molasses — or try a glass of Brown Ale, which embodies caramel and nutty flavors.

Decadent chocolate truffles mix perfectly with blended, jammy wines or rich stouts.

Beer/Wine: Stout/Blend 175
Food: Chocolate truffles
Why: The holidays are all about indulgence. End the feast with a plate of decadent chocolate truffles and serve with the Bridlewood Blend 175, loaded with jammy notes. For the beer lovers at the table, a stout, which embodies the richness of chocolate and coffee, is another natural accompaniment.

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