Wine Pairing under $8.00

Pair wines to food to optimize every morsel you enjoy!

Spumante or Champagne:  Salty Foods, Parmesan (with fig jam) and Berries

Dry Rose` Cheese (Brie, Guoda, Fontina)

Syrah is a perfect match to Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Syrah Cheese

Syrah; Blue Cheese, Walnuts, Arugula

Sauvignon Blanc is a great match to all vegetables!

Sauvignon Blanc: Vegetables

Pinot Grigio & Chablis: Seafood. Linguine with Herbs.

 Chardonnay:  Chicken, Leeks, Fatty Fish and Pine Nuts

Pinot Noir: Earthy Flavors:  mushrooms, truffles, roasted garlic, Rib Eye Steak

(Chianti) Tuscan Wines:  Game, Salami Sausage (3-5 year old Chianti)                Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes (2 year old Chianti)

Dry Riesling & Malbec: Hot and Spicy Foods, Curry, Coconut

Cabernet Sauvignon: Pork, lamb, duck, turnips, dark greens

Merlot: Beef

 Moscato, Marsala, Lambrusco:  Sweet Desserts

Priced under $8.00. Great Wines to brighten up the table & enhance your meals, from Trader Joe’s.

  • Prosecco Zonin $7.99  pair with Crostini, Parmesan and Berries
  • Pinot Grigio delle Venezia $5.39  pair with Mussels and Seafood
  • Savignon Blanc from Chile $6.99 perfect with Grilled Vegetables, Grilled Olives, Caprese, Bruschetta
  • Salice Salentino Riserva Epicuro $6.99 Parmesan with honey and pepper flakes, Salami
  • Trader Joe’s Coastal Syrah $5.99 Best with Walnuts, Blue Cheese, Syrah Cheese
  • Reggiano Lambrusco $6.99 enjoy the following recipe for Peaches and Wine

Mussels in Creamy Wine Sauce

Mussels enjoyed in a white wine sauce will leaving your guests wanting for more!

Italians enjoy seafood!  This plate full of mussels can be served with or without cream. Mussels can be prepared as an appetizer or as an entrée with pasta. Enjoy the sauce and dip into it with grilled italian bread or ciabatta.  Recommended wine is a Pinot Grigio. Use the wine finder to choose a wine at the following link,  wine

Serves 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Onion minced
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 4 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 pound Mussels
  • 1 cup Pinot Grigio white wine. (optional)
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Garlic Clove ( minced and set aside)
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley ( chopped and set aside)
  • Pepper to taste (cracked black pepper of red pepper flakes)

Directions

Place oil, onion and salt into a large skillet and allow to sauté  over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until the onion is translucent. Add tomatoes, allow to cook for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, place clams and mussels in a colander, wash and scrub shells with cold water and place into skillet. (Only for fresh mussels.)  Frozen mussels have been pre-washed and can be added directly into the heated skillet. Add wine and cream to mussels , stir for 30 seconds. Add garlic. parsley and pepper allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Can be served over pasta or with toasted Italian bread.

Second large pan: Healt 1/2 cup Olive oil on Medium heat with two garlic cloves for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.