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Ask a Chef July 2014: Barbeque & Wine – A Pairing Suggestion

Question: What kind of wine should I bring to a BBQ?

July has come to Door County, Wisconsin and the grills are out! Paul Santoriello, Winemaker and Production Director at Door Peninsula Winery, and Door County Chefs ‘Ask a Chef‘ contributor, has some fantastic advice on finding the perfect wine for your next  backyard BBQ:

After suffering through what feels like the worst winter in 30 years, Wisconsinites are anxious to get back outside – and that means lighting the grill. Whether they burn charcoal or gas, people here have a longstanding love affair with outdoor cooking. Though brats and burgers remain the go-to grill meats, many backyard chefs are upping the ante with steaks, ribs, chops and fish. Here are a few tips for making the most of those pairings.

Pairing food and wine is really simple and about personal taste, but there are a few helpful practices to make your meal better, says Paul Santoriello, head winemaker at Door Peninsula Winery.

Print“Match the weight of the food to the weight of the wine, so one won’t overpower the other,” Santoriello notes.

“Lighter meats (like chicken and fish) tend to call for white and lighter red wines, while traditional red wines are a natural pairing for red meats and smoke flavors off the grill.”

4th of July Weekend in Door County, WI: Live Music, Art on the Scenic Side, & DC Renaissance Faire: July 3-6, 2014

4th of July Stone Harbor 2014All the Independence Day Events, Fireworks, and Celebrations this week can make a body hungry! Catch Live Music while you eat in Door County, WI… Many restaurants will have live music to serenade you as you dine, or, pick up a to-go meal and enjoy live music at the Concerts in the Parks throughout the peninsula.

Every day this weekend offers a Farmer’s Market so you can enjoy fresh and local produce, meats and cheeses, canned goodies, handmade arts and crafts, and even fresh flowers! Baileys Harbor will have a special market on Friday, July 4th at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, and their regular Sunday Farmer’s Market also at the Town Hall on Sunday July 6th from 9 a.m. – noon. On Saturday, July 5th you can visit the Sturgeon Bay Farm & Craft Market from 9 a.m. – noon  at Market Square on Michigan & 4th Ave., or head north to Sister Bay’s Corner of the Past Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. – noon at the Country Walk Shops, at Hwy 57 & Country Ln.

Chefs logoTo find great dining in Door County, DOWNLOAD the Door County Chefs FREE, GREEN, MOBILE Dining App. Search by category and proximity to your current location; look at DC Chefs members’ menus, use the click-to-call feature to make reservations or check serving hours, and get GPS directions right to each restaurant! Find what you’re hungry for on the Door Peninsula today!

Still looking for a place to stay this weekend? Check out Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging Blog: July 3-6, 2014.

Looking for Fireworks? Check out Door County Guide’s Independence Day Celebrations, Fireworks, and Festivities Schedules!

Live Music in Door County + Uncork Summer, Olde Ellison Bay Days & DC Renaissance Faire, June 25-29, 2014

POSTED ON June 24th  - POSTED IN Dining, Entertainment, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events, Wines & Spirits

The end of June in Door County offers a new food and wine festival, lots of live music, and tons of summer fun! Check out Door County Chefs Live Music Calendar on Facebook to see who’s playing and where each day in Door County, including the Concerts in the Park and live music at Door County restaurants. Check out Door County Guide‘s blog “Uncork Summer at Olde Ellison Bay Days & Live Music, June 25-29, 2014” to find out what’s happening this weekend during Olde Ellison Bay Days which kicks off with the Liberty Grove Historical Society FISH BOIL, Thursday, June 26th from 4pm-8pm at the Viking Grill and includes a Saturday morning parade, the NEW Uncork Summer Food, Wine & Music Festival, and the Door County Renaissance Faire in Carlsville complete with jousts, face painting and henna, period music, and shopping for handcrafted items! 

FESTIVALS, EVENTS & LIVE MUSIC IN DOOR COUNTY, WI June 25-29, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014:

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