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How to Pair Herbs With Wine

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Red wine—in moderation—is supposed to be very good for you. White wine? That's up for debate. Whatever the discussion may be, wine is always great with food. Wine and food pairings can elevate one's dining experience.

So, we've put together a little guide that shows what types of herbs goes best with which wines. Remember: never bruise (chop it to death) your herbs, and always cook with the wine you're drinking. If you use bad wine to cook, that'll come through in your cooking!

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White wine

White wines

Fried mozzarella, basil, and nectarine stacks with balsamic glaze
Chablis, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
Herb: Basil
Try: Fried mozzarella, basil, and nectarine stacks with balsamic glaze

Seared Sea Scallops with Gingered Pea Purée and Cilantro Gremolata
Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc
Herb: Cilantro
Try: Seared Sea Scallops with Gingered Pea Purée and Cilantro Gremolata

Poached eggs in white wine
Chenin Blanc (off-dry), Fume Blanc, Gewürtraminer, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Riesling (off-dry), Sauvignon Blanc
Herb: Chives
Try: Poached eggs in white wine

Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts
Chardonnay, Riesling (esp. dry), Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling, Viognier
Herb: Dill
Try: Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts

Shrimp, snap pea, and chervil salad
Gewürtraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
Herb: Chervil
Try: Shrimp, snap pea, and chervil salad

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Glass of red wine

Red wines

Duck Liver Mousse with Cipolline Onions and Mushrooms
Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz
Herb: Chervil
Try: Duck Liver Mousse with Cipolline Onions and Mushrooms

Beef Stew With Red Wine and Horseradish-Chive Cream
Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir (esp. fruity), Rioja, Sherry, Syrah/Shiraz, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
Herb: Chives
Try: Beef Stew With Red Wine and Horseradish-Chive Cream

Szechuan Lambypops with Cilantro Chimichurri
Pinot Noir, Zinfandel
Herb: Cilantro
Try: Szechuan Lambypops with Cilantro Chimichurri

Pork Scallopini with Dill Pesto and Chickpeas
Pinot Noir, Rioja, Syrah/Shiraz, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
Herb: Dill
Try: Pork Scallopini with Dill Pesto and Chickpeas

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With an Urban Cultivator indoor garden, you can grow all of these herbs and create lovely dishes to pair with wine. It'll make your dinner parties go smoother, and your fresh and flavorful food will be one of the main topics of discussion.

What's your favorite wine and herb pairing? Let us know in the comments section!

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