In RyR News: Pairing Wine with Soup and Learning Not to Be a Wine Snob

The wines of Ribera del Duero and Rueda are making headlines.

How To Pair Soup with Wine (Food Republic)
When the temperature drops, the Dutch ovens and slow-cookers come out and soup is on the menu. Just because soup and a piece of buttered crusty bread may land on the simpler side of dinner doesn’t mean a glass or two of wine’s not perfectly in order. To pair some of our favorite seasonal soups with a vino that does them justice, we turned to Brahm Callahan, master sommelier and beverage director for Himmel Hospitality Group and ambassador for the Ribera y Rueda region of Spain. “Pairing beverages with soup can be tricky, but there are a ton of options,” Callahan says. “You can pair them based on flavor profile (spicy soup with sweet wine), weight (rich creamy soup with a rich wine) or a more acid-driven wine to cut through the richness and temperature.” Callahan recommends pairing the Finca Montepedroso 2012 Verdejo with pumpkin soup and the Cepa 21 Hito rosé with vegetable soup. Read More

How To Appreciate Wine Without Becoming a Snob (AskMen)
Geek out a bit. Learn from those who know. Go on a wine trip. Pair it with friends. These are some of the basics to keep in mind when learning how to savor wine without coming off as a snob. And don’t be afraid to branch out. “I would say the best way is to start with an example of something you know you like and look for a region with a similar winemaking style,” says Brahm Callahan, MS, Beverage Director, Himmel Hospitality Group and Ribera y Rueda ambassador. “For example if you like Bordeaux you might want to try reds from Ribera del Duero in Spain. The wines are similar in style with ripe red and black fruits, subtle undertones of earth and notes of vanilla and cinnamon from restrained use of French Oak.” Read More

On the Ground in Ribera and Rueda (The Somm Journal)
Eager to share the wines of Ribera del Duero and Rueda with an enthusiastic audience, the two D.O.s organized a recent trip to the area (below), bringing two Ribera del Duero and Rueda ambassadors and Master Sommeliers, Alexander LaPratt (second from left) and Brahm Callahan (second from right) along for the ride. Read More

Press Trip to Ribera and Rueda

Pairing Wine with ‘Gilmore Girls’ (Real Simple)
Any true Gilmore fan knows that a proper binge-athon requires snacks. For those planning to watch the Netflix series in one sitting, we felt it was only right to pay tribute to some of Lorelai and Rory’s movie night staples including Pop Tarts, Mallomars, pizza, and coffee. We also included day-old Chinese food, that pairs perfectly with a 2014 Dominios de Castilla Verjedo. Whether you’re watching alone or with friends, we’ve come up with the ultimate pairing guide for the series’ most iconic foods. Because the only thing that makes a Gilmore Girls marathon even better is a few glasses of wine. Read More

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