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April 18, 2017
Talk to the Glass: The Wine Guide for Beer Lovers

Ah, beer. It goes with stadium hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches and cannot be beaten when it comes to a refreshing beverage at the end of a long day at the beach. But what about those times in a restaurant or with friends when only a glass of wine seems appropriate or perhaps is the only beverage available? Never fear, lovers of beer, there is a wine for you. Based on your preference in beer, you can pick a wine that will tickle your palate and get your senses buzzing.

If you like to knock back a cold, light wheat beer with your burger and fries, you'll most likely be suited to a smooth Chardonnay. Crisp, light and refreshing, this popular wine is capable of cutting through salty or fried foods but is also great with the more delicate flavors of crab, shrimp and salads.

Still light but with more hopped-up flavor, pale ales are on a plane with Pinot Noir. Don't let the color throw you off; the pinot is a mellow and well-balanced light red wine with several variations. Most make a great match with fatty fish like salmon as well as hearty stews.

Beer lovers who favor a strong India Pale Ale--IPA--the stronger, the simultaneously spicy and fruity notes of our Sanctuary Cabernet Sauvignon are likely to please. This is a fine wine to drink on its own but it goes well with fish, paté and fruits.

Fans of the malty zest of amber or red ale will find Zinfandel a versatile red that goes with Mexican food, Texas barbecue, burgers, and virtually any kind of cheese. It can be rather fruity and provides a nice contrast to other snacks like garlic bread knots and hot wings.

Those who prefer their beers dark, moody and packed with alcohol--think porter and stout--can easily transition to either Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon. Both of these reds have strong personalities and can stand up to the gamey taste of venison or boar and pair well with strong cheeses.

In a time when craft beers are all the rage, one of the varieties on the rise is the slightly sweet barrel-aged beer. The fact that it's been hanging around in oak barrels formerly holding bourbon and requires a considerable amount of care gives it a similarity to a barrel aged wine. Our 1000 Stories Zinfandel is produced in small batches and aged in bourbon barrels.

While beer lovers may never lose their love for the brew, with so many wines to experiment with, even the most dedicated suds aficionado may find the tastebuds tingling at the thought of trying a new breed of beverage.

 

Apr 18, 2017 at 1:48 PM
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