For Beyond 50's "Culinary" talks, listen to an upcoming interview with Melanie Wagner. She is a certified Sommelier who will talk about her book, "Hello, Wine",that is a simple guide to understanding wines. You'll learn the wine essentials, from crush to aging; a listing of necessary equipment, including what you don't need; terms to know, such as "aglianco" and "vintage"; her selections of great wine gifts; and how-tos: how to taste, how to throw a wine party, how to start a tasting group.
From experience, Wagner has been "blown away" by wines within the price range of $25 - $50. "You don't have to spend a lot of money for great wines," she said. And, expensive wines don't always equate to better tasting.
Burgers + Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Portuguese Reds (dry)
Popcorn + Champagne and other Dry Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay
(especially creamy, buttery styles)
Thai food + Gewurztraminer, Riesling (off-dry), Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah/Shiraz
Macaroni and Cheese + Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Sushi + Champagne and other Dry Sparkling Wines, Riesling (dry) and Sauvignon Blanc
Hot Dog + Pinot Noir and Riesling (off - dry)
Mexican Food + Malbec, Merlot, Riesling (off - dry), Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel
Bacon + Pinot noir and Syrah/Shiraz
Indian food + Gewurztraminer, Riesling (off - dry), Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel
French Fries + Champagne and other Dry Sparkling Wines and White Burgundy