• Pairing Basics

    Pairing Basics

Chef Dominic’s Wine Pairing Tips

“Balance is key when creating a menu to be paired with wines. Here are my personal recommendations and guidelines when developing a meal to pair with Silver Oak and Twomey wines.”

- Chef Dominic Orsini

Silver Oak and Twomey
Food Pairing Recommendations

  • Hors d’oeuvres & First Course
  • (Twomey Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir)
  • Start light and refreshing
  • Second or Middle Course
  • (Twomey Pinot Noir, Merlot, Silver Oak Alexander Valley)
  • Progress to semi-hearty middle course
  • Main Course
  • (Silver Oak Alexander or Napa Valley)
  • Climax with a rich entrée
  • Final Course
  • (Silver Oak Napa Valley or Twomey Merlot)
  • Conclude with a cheese course
  • Semi-firm and firm, low moisture, high salt content, aged cow’s and sheep’s milk cheeses are all good pairings. Try cheeses like manchego, Petite Basque, Parmesans, pecorino, Dry Jacks, aged cheddars, or Piave.

Recommended Ingredients to Pair With Silver Oak and Twomey Wines

  • Base ingredients refer to the main ingredients of a dish.
  • Bridge ingredients help connect the food and the wine by providing umami, acid, salt, or fat.

Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Oak, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Base ingredients: grilled NY steak, veal, buffalo, lamb

Bridge ingredients: demi-glace sauces, complex Indian spices (not hot), olives, mushrooms, red beets, eggplant, roasted tomatoes, rosemary, sage, thyme, basil, walnuts, pecans, aged cow’s milk cheese

Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Base ingredients: grilled salmon, tuna, roasted beef, lamb, veal, venison, squab, duck, mushrooms, eggplant, red beets

Bridge ingredients: mushrooms, roasted beets, demi-glace sauces, cream, butter sauces, most nuts, hearty herbs, aged cow’s milk cheese

Twomey Merlot

Twomey Merlot

Base ingredients: duck breast, leg confit, rack of lamb, squab, braised beef, grilled salmon, venison

Bridge ingredients: roasted garlic, sauces, olives, Dijon mustard, eggplant, mushrooms, rosemary, oregano, sage, demi-glace sauces, red beets, aged sheep’s milk cheese, juniper, most nuts

Twomey Sauvignon Blanc

Base ingredients: shellfish, lean white fish, chicken breast, turkey

Bridge ingredients: tender herbs, mint, tarragon, basil, cilantro, dill, all citrus, red bell peppers (raw or roasted) buttery olive oil, flaky butter crusts, yeasty bread, goat cheese, Gruyère, ricotta, mozzarella, feta, Castelvetrano olives, curry spices, sour cream, yogurt, roasted garlic, Dijon mustard, capers, prosciutto, eggplant, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, almonds

Twomey Pinot Noir

Twomey Pinot Noir

Base ingredients: pork, pork belly, toasted chicken, veal, rabbit, quail, most seafood

Bridge ingredients: roasted garlic, fried eggs; roasted root vegetables, tomato-based sauces, gastrique sauces (with controlled sweetness and acidity, chicken jus, Olives, Dijon mustard, fennel, eggplant, rosemary, oregano, sage, sun dried tomatoes, pancetta, prosciutto.

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