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Welcome Spring with Gourmet Meals

Spring is officially here! This means there are plenty of reasons to celebrate with barbecues and outdoor fetes, with gourmet food and wine on the menu, of course. Whether you plan a seasonal wine pairing or al fresco entertaining, our market has what you need to make your gourmet food menu a standout.

It’s the perfect time of year for a garden party, especially if you want to show off your spring landscaping. Why not throw an outdoor luncheon for a bridal shower, birthday event or just to celebrate the season? Couple platters of delicious seasonal produce and finger sandwiches along with gourmet food and wine items such as foie gras, pate, Arugula salad and tea. Send guests home with Ghiott Ghiottini al Cacao Biscotti or imported Italian cookies such as Amaretti Del Chiostro Autentici Amaretti Cookies–they both make amazing party favors.

With Easter around the corner, it’s an ideal time to brainstorm ideas for brunch. Take a walk through our market to search for gourmet meals food and ideas that will inspire an unforgettable menu. For example, a perfect way to lighten up the menu is with a spinach and strawberry salad to start, a light spring pasta with smoked salmon and vegetables as an entrée, and sorbet served with berries and fruit for dessert. Or you can always stick to the traditional route with Taylor’s Market Beef Kabobs or Saag's Black Forest Ham as an entrée. Blow even the most discerning gourmet meals taste buds with caviar and specialty meats as starters for any menu!

If Easter candy isn’t your thing, serve one of our gourmet fruit baskets or make a delicious pastry with Clearbrook Farms Vanilla Tart Filling. When it comes to drinks, there are so many great seasonal wines to choose from that will go with any spring menu, from California Chardonnays and swanky white wines to a pink rose or dessert wine. The options are unlimited, so have fun while you’re planning!

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Chocolate and Wine Pairing for Valentine’s Day

online gourmet food marketValentine’s Day is on the horizon, which makes it the perfect time to visit our Sacramento gourmet food store to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Or if you prefer to purchase gourmet groceries on our website, we’ve got an array of online gourmet food that will provide for an awesome romantic evening for you and your partner.

A Perfect Valentine's Evening

Gourmet food and wine is a no-brainer for setting up the perfect Valentine’s evening. Try a pairing of chocolate and wine—they are natural companions as they both have complex flavors and notes, as well as similar components and nuances. You can follow the same type of process as you would if you were doing a wine or chocolate pairing individually. We have everything you need at our store or in our online gourmet food market.

To get started with pairing these gourmet food and wine items, here are a few easy-to-follow guidelines. You’ll want to pair lighter chocolates with lighter wines and darker chocolates with full-bodied wines. In the session itself, you’ll want to start with light and move towards dark in your tasting sessions.

Ideal Pairings

The best pairings for semi-sweet chocolate include Zinfandel, Tawny Port, Syrah, Armagnac and Cognac. Perfect matches for darker chocolates include well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or Sangiovese reds. You can also try a Merlot, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc, and note that dessert wines are other great matches for darker chocolate. 

A cool thing about pairing these types of gourmet groceries is that darker wines and darker chocolates are packed with antioxidants, which are lauded for their benefits against disease and for anti-aging. Antioxidants are molecules that fight and neutralize the oxidants and free radicals that enter our body from smoke inhalation, pollution, overexposure to sun, alcohol, eating fatty foods and exposure to radiation levels. Who knew that such an indulgent evening could be so beneficial to our health?

Come in and sample some of our gourmet groceries to find all the perfect elements for your Valentine’s day chocolate and wine pairing.

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Balsamic Vinegar—the Ultimate in Gourmet Food and Wine

Balsamic vinegar can make the most out of so many gourmet food and wine specialties. The delicious flavor enhancements it offers, coupled with the many health benefits it brings to the table makes it an absolute staple of any gourmet grocery pantry. What other food item is a natural disinfectant that is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and phosphorus? It’s good for the cardiovascular system and is low in sodium, fat and cholesterol.

Whether you’re an online cuisine aficionado or simply like to dabble, it takes some knowledge to use balsamic to its fullest, most delicious potential. While it can be paired with a wide variety of items and prepared many ways, there are some standard guidelines that can help make it easy to use balsamic with an array of gourmet food and wine.

Making the Most of Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic should never be boiled, in order to preserve its unique aroma, and should be added to gourmet grocery items in small quantities. It’s best served cold, and is typically drizzled over foods in small amounts. For serving at the table, it’s best to have a small decanter.

There is a variety of specialty grocery items that balsamic can be paired with. It’s amazing with duck breast or pate, Carpaccio, fish, meat, beef, parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano and pumpkin soup. It’s even great as a dessert when drizzled over ice cream or ripe fruit. There are also quite a few cocktails that can be made with balsamic—martinis are a great example.

Where to Buy the Best Balsamic Vinegar

Choosing balsamic from an online gourmet food store is just as safe as buying it in a store. Most brands of balsamic have an infinite shelf life, even once opened. It should be stored at room temperature—not in the refrigerator.

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Thanksgiving Gourmet Wine Pairing

Whether you’re a gourmet food and wine aficionado or just love good food, you probably are excited about Thanksgiving Day. However, many people get stressed about preparing the meal and making sure everything turns out right. The last thing anyone wants to worry about is pairing the right wine with their Turkey Day feast. To make it easier, we’re sharing a few suggestions for wine pairing with the smorgasbord ahead.

If you would like gourmet wine pairing or to serve an American wine with your holiday dinner, here are a few ideas. For red lovers, your best bet may be a Pinot Noir, since it’s softer on the palate and lighter than deeper choices, such as a Merlot or a Cab. Try one from California or Oregon for an earthy, delicious pairing with your turkey. Leese - Fitch 2009 California Pinot Noir, MooBuzz 2008 Monterey Pinot Noir 750ml 6 Pack and Pennywise 2009 Pinot Noir are all excellent choices.

If you prefer a white wine, opt for a full-bodied version to go with the rich Thanksgiving meal. California Chardonnays with some oak will stand up nicely to your creamy sides, such as mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole. If oak is not your thing, choose a white with a citrusy fruit taste. Some great options are MooBuzz 2009 Monterey Chardonnay, Pennywise 2008 Chardonnay, Hey Mambo2008 Chardonnay or the Leese - Fitch 2008 California Chardonnay.

If you really prefer a lighter-bodied white, select one with notes of flowers and citrus to provide contrast to the meal, such as a dry Riesling. An interesting but good choice for those with a sweet tooth is Hey Mambo 2009 Swanky White Wine, which blends flavors of lemon, lime zest and tangerine sorbet.

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Summer Pairings of Gourmet Food and Wine

Summer brings so many options for pairings of gourmet food and wine. The season allows you to think outside the box and think bigger than your typical wine and cheese combinations. With a little creativity and some basic knowledge of which wines go well together with which types of food, you’ll be able to wow your guests with some vibrant and unique selections.

It’s the ideal time to hit up your favorite gourmet food market so you can take advantage of the wide array of fresh seasonal produce. With all the fruit and vegetables you have to choose from, you’re sure to find something to please every type of wine lover, from the novice to the connoisseur.

A surprisingly scrumptious coupling of gourmet food and wine is chardonnay with sweet summer corn. Try a nice buttery California Chard to accentuate the sweet taste of the corn.

If you’re a rosé lover, try a nice dry one with some vine ripened tomatoes. The acidity of the rosé will pair well with that of the tomatoes.  

When you choose sweet fruits at your visit to the gourmet food market, make sure to select a sweet wine as well. Ports go well with fruits such as apples, melons and pears.

A unique and refreshing pairing option is to pair Prosecco with a salad of avocados, mangos and baby greens—this will be the most perfect summer salad imaginable. Another produce item that goes well with Prosecco, that usually clashes with other wines, is asparagus. Grilled or fresh, this will be an undeniably effervescent match. Also check out our selection of sparkling wines available at our grocery stores in Sacramento for some interesting choices.

Some other surprising options that customers of our grocery stores in Sacramento often recommend during summer are avocados with dry Rieslings, salmon or tuna with a Merlot and red wines with your favorite type of meat to throw on the grill.

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