Cindy’s husband Bryan, along with his brothers, own Krutz Family Cellars in Sonoma County, California. So we decided to ask Bryan to give us what he thinks is the best food and wine pairings.
In his opinion, the most important wine and food pairing is what you prefer. Overall, good wine goes well with good food even if it is not a “perfect” pairing. So in the end, if you like it that is all that matters. However, certain wines absolutely pair better with certain dishes. The following is a list of five Krutz Meeting Family Cellars wines and what he suggests to be their best matches.
1) 2011 Krutz Family Cellars Chardonnay Ceja Vineyard – This chard is made in a very light, acidic, crisp style by not using any new oak barrels for fermentation or aging. It is what it is referred to as an “un-oaked” chardonnay. I would pair this wine with lighter fish or seafood dishes that do not have any heavy sauces. Goat’s milk cheeses pair nicely as well. Other types of wines that would fall into this pairing would be other un-oaked chardonnays, sauvignon blanc, or pinot grigio.
2) 2011 Krutz Family Cellars Chardonnay Martinelli Road Vineyard – As opposed to the first chardonnay, this wine was indeed aged in oak barrels (50% new) for nearly a year. It has a richer mouthfeel and you can taste a hint of vanilla and toast that compliment the acid and fruit beautifully. Since this is a richer white, it can pair with richer seafood dishes that may be more richly sauced. It will also pair nicely with creamy cow milks cheeses.
3) 2011 Krutz Family Cellars Pinot Noir Akins Vineyard – Pinot noir is a very versatile food pairing that can be taken in many directions. Lighter bodied, more acidic versions can be best with rich fish dishes or chicken. On the other hand heavier, full bodied pinot can be best with pork or even red meats. Earthy dishes made with mushrooms or truffles are a good fit for pinot as well. For our pinot noir, I prefer grilled pork tenderloin to be the best match.
4) 2009 Krutz Family Cellars Cabernet Stagecoach Vineyard – For cab, red meat is undoubtedly the best mate, particularly steaks and lamb. For lamb, you could certainly go with a rich pinot noir or syrah, but I personally prefer cab. Our Stagecoach cab is a powerful wine, yet is made with a soft, elegant side that makes it a great match for food as it does not overpower the dish.
5) 2010 Krutz Family Cellars Syrah Stagecoach Vineyard – Like pinot noir, syrah can vary quite dramatically from where it is grown. France’s Rhone Valley is known more for smoky, black pepper notes. Australia, where it is known as Shiraz, gives you more fruity, jammy wines with blackberry character. California is somewhere in the middle of these, probably leaning more towards Australia. Syrah typically pairs best with game meats like venison and duck, and ours is no exception.
<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-943″ alt=”Bryan-Krutz” src=”http://blog.wearwillow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Bryan-Krutz-1024×1024.jpg” width=”550″ height=”550″ />About Krutz Family Cellars: “We are an artisan micro-winery in Sonoma County making wines from some of the most prized vineyards throughout Northern California. Started in 2003 with just 60 cases, we’ve since grown in production and family, and invite you to enjoy some real Southern hospitality by perusing our website, enjoying our wines, and coming to visit us.”
To find more information on their winery, visit their website www.krutzfamilycellars.com.