Blog posts tagged with 'gourmet food and wine'

Thanksgiving With Gourmet Groceries

For a special Thanksgiving, why not set an amazing table filled with gourmet groceries? Start with a locally grown turkey from Taylor’s Market, made with a perfect traditional or cornbread stuffing. For a smaller table or if you want to prepare individual meals, try serving something out of the ordinary such as turkey breasts stuffed with prosciutto, basil and tomato.

Once you’ve made a decision on the type of turkey you’re going to serve, you’ll need to choose the gourmet food and wine to serve with it. Buttery mashed potatoes and stuffing are a no-brainer! Some other scrumptious choices include creamed spinach, candied yams, Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce.

Finding the right wine to serve with turkey is a mission that requires precision. There are many options for both red and white, but you’ll want to take the sides you’re serving into consideration. When you pair gourmet food and wine, keep the sweet and savory spectrum of the food that you’re serving in mind. For example, candied yams may be at the sweeter end, while garlic mashed potatoes or cranberry relish are at the other. Also make sure that the wine does not overpower the turkey’s flavor. If you can, head into a gourmet food market in advance and ask for help with choosing the right wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner.

Your last step is to find which gourmet groceries to serve for appetizers and dessert. A charcuterie board with imported cheese or veggies with dip is ideal for serving before such a big meal.

For dessert, order a traditional pumpkin or apple pie, both of which you can get at a gourmet food market. You may want to add your own twist by serving another pie that goes well with the meal, such as chocolate bourbon pecan, minced meat or sweet potato meringue.

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Gourmet Wine & Chocolate for Halloween

Why not upgrade your Halloween this year with some gourmet food and wine? All you have to do is drop by our Sacramento grocery store and pick up a few gourmet groceries for some wine. You can also visit our online store for some impeccable chocolate to celebrate the holiday with. Grab some dark, milk and white chocolate and try a few of the combinations suggested below to add gourmet flair to the season.

Keep in mind that you may need to experiment to find the best pairings. A good rule of thumb is to keep the wine sweeter than the chocolate so that you can avoid clashing or actually bringing out the bitter notes. The stronger the chocolate is, the more full-bodied wine you’ll need to match it with. 

For example, a dark, bittersweet chocolate will bring out the tannins in a Cabernet Sauvignon. White chocolate is mellower than its darker counterparts, which makes it go well with Sherry or an Orange Muscat. These pairings also bring out the white chocolate’s creaminess. Ask the staff at our specialty grocery store for other suggestions to pair a buttery white chocolate with.

Milk chocolate goes well with a light-bodied Merlot or a Pinot Noir, such as a Leese - Fitch 2009 California Pinot Noir or MooBuzz 2008 Monterey Pinot Noir Rieslings. Muscats also do well with milk chocolate. Champagne makes another excellent, classic pairing that is a favorite among specialty grocery aficionados.

Wines with a roasted flavor tend to do best with dark and bittersweet chocolates. Try a rich Cabernet or a Zinfandel for an perfect coupling. Chocolate that is near the 55 percent cocoa mark will do well with a Merlot or Pinot Noir.  

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5 Fall Gourmet Food and Wine Pairings

Fall is around the corner—and as the leaves change color and the weather gets cooler, the seasonal fruits and vegetables also transition. It’s the ideal time to enjoy the flavorful produce available during this time of year and pair it with some of your favorite gourmet food and wine.

Many people look forward to the availability of fresh pumpkins in the fall—and not just for carving Jack-o’-lanterns. Try pairing pumpkin soup, risotto, baked stuffed pumpkin with roasted chicken or pumpkin pie with a Pinot Noir or spicy Pinot Gris from our Sacramento grocery store. The wine’s acidity will complement the pumpkin’s sweet taste.

Another superb pairing with Pinot Noir is wild mushrooms. The earthy flavor of wild mushrooms served with pasta is a great way to enhance a Pinot Noir’s spiciness.

Root vegetables are in their prime this season, and they pack a nutrient punch that makes them extremely healthy for life. Pair them with Viognier—its unique characteristics, such as its rich, creamy texture and vivid acidity, will go well with many entrees, soups and side dishes prepared with root vegetables.

If you would like to create a delicious gourmet food and wine pairing with Cabernet Sauvignon, try a dish with fresh rosemary, such as chicken, roasted potatoes or lamb served with rosemary mint jelly. The flavors from the rosemary will be enhanced by the earthy Cabernet.

An unexpected pairing that is quite popular at our Sacramento grocery store, especially during the holidays, is pears and sparkling wine. Pears are at their peak during Autumn, and their juicy sweetness goes perfectly with a sweeter style champagne, Prosecco or sparkling wine—opt for one that has “demi-sec” on the label. You can also try a delicious dessert that combines the two, such as Pears poached in Champagne or Prosecco with Poached Pears.

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Sunday Brunch With Gourmet Food and Wine

Nothing makes a Sunday morning like a hearty, delicious brunch with gourmet food and wine. It’s the perfect way to wile away a lazy day, celebrate the end of your weekend or nurse and eliminate a bad hangover. It can be a romantic date, a laid back gathering of friends or a formal celebration of holidays or commemorative events. Regardless of the reason behind it, Sunday brunch is a favorite of men and women across the globe.

Whether you crave maple drenched pancakes, savory waffles or Eggs Benedict, there is something in our selection of online gourmet food market for everyone. From international faire to the best components of an all-American eggs and bacon style meal, you’ll find the freshest, highest quality ingredients for whatever style brunch you plan to make at our gourmet food market.

If you like to buy your gourmet groceries online, there are also many options available on our website. If you’re feeling a bagels and lox kind of morning, try Sun Valley Smoked Salmon. These fresh, delicious boneless filets are lightly brined and created from salmon smoked over applewood. We also have all of the essentials to prepare a beautiful charcuterie platter, including smoked and cured meats, sausage, salami and more. If you want to serve french-inspired appetizers, our selection of pate is incredible. 

Our selection of online gourmet food also includes juices, cocoa, tea and an amazing array of coffee that are all perfect for Sunday brunch. Other gourmet food and wine ideas for adding to the perfect brunch include pairing some of our delicious fine wines with our imported cheeses like our selection of goat’s milk cheese, our Italian sampler made from sheep’s milk, or some of our to-die-for versions from Greece, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, England and Spain. Finish the meal off with cakes and cookies from our incredible assortment from all over the world.

Top 5 Fourth of July BBQ Foods

The 4th of July is here—are you read for to barbecue with a gourmet twist? If you’re like us, your holiday will be filled with delicious gourmet food and wine. Whether the meal you’re planning is more traditional or has a more unique flair, we bet you’ll have one of these popular items at your fete.

1. Hamburgers

This is a no-brainer, right? Hamburgers are an all-American dish that you can expect at almost any barbecue you attend. Add some flavor to your meal by getting some perfectly seasoned, pre-made patties from your favorite specialty grocery store. Buying pre-made hamburgers removes the stress you might have when you have to prepare several items at once.

2. Hot Dogs

These are another classic barbecue staple, at least when you’re celebrating an American holiday. Add some gourmet panache to your dogs with some Dijon mustard or other gourmet food that you can order online. You can also throw some interesting gourmet sausages into the mix for variety. Visit this link  for great hot dog sausages.

3. Lemonade

What barbecue on a summer day would be complete without some refreshing lemonade? Opt for a fresh blend and gives yours a kick with some blueberry, raspberry or strawberry juice for a unique flavor. Here’s a great tip that the staff of our specialty grocery store likes to share—add frozen cubes of lemonade to yours instead of regular ice so that your glasses stay cold but don’t get watered down.

4. Potato Salad

While you typically may not think of it as fitting into the specialty grocery category, think again. Your local gourmet store will have some spectacular renditions of this classic barbecue fare.

5. A Patriotic Cake

A dessert of red, white and blue is a definite must-have for a 4th of July barbecue. A red, white and blue cake is easy to find and festive. 

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Gourmet Fare for Your Summer Picnic

Summer is the perfect time of year to display your hosting flair with a memorable picnic or other outdoor fete complete with gourmet and wine. It's an easy way to add polish and panache to any meal. Whether you’re in the great outdoors or in the back yard, your picnic can exude the elegance of gourmet food.

gourmet food and wineFor those who are new to the gourmet game, planning a picnic or other outdoor feast may seem daunting. If you’re not quite at the aficionado stage, why not try browsing the selections in our online gourmet food store? This will give you some great ideas and open your mind to dishes that are easy to prepare without sacrificing an ounce of flair.

For an appetizer, you can serve some Matiz Gallego Spanish Sardines in Olive Oil or Adro Latvian Smoked Sprats Sardines on gourmet crackers. An imported cheese or charcuterie plate adds a conventional twist, and summer produce is always a no-brainer. You can’t go wrong with the amazing selection of summer produce available in our store. You can also serve something more exotic, such as Saaq’s Pistachio Liver Pate or Billot French Helix Escargot Snails.

If you plan on grilling, take it up a notch from typical hamburgers and hot dogs by serving more exotic fare such as Saaq’s Bavarian Bratwurst, Swiss Bockwurst or Evergoods Fine Foods Polish Sausage. Another unique item that is always a favorite is Saaq’s German Salami.

When it comes to gourmet wine and other beverages, your options are endless. If you’re local, come in to our store to browse our incredible selection of wines. For dessert, why not give a selection of cookies a more unique spin with choices such as Forno Bonomi Italian Amaretti Cookies or Cookies Con Amore handmade Italian cookies.

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Gourmet Food and Wine for Easter

Whether you visit Taylor’s Market online or in person, you’ll find classic and creative gourmet food and wine to spruce up your holiday meal. If you choose to serve a traditional Easter dinner, we have a bevy of scrumptious specialty grocery entrees to choose from. If you’re feeling traditional, try serving a Saag’s Virgina Baked Ham or one of Branigan’s delicious Free Range Turkeys. For a different spin, opt for Taylor's True Dry Aged Prime Rib or one of our USDA Choice Rib Eye Steaks. Either way, there will be happy guests and hopefully some tasty leftovers!

Visit the spring produce section of our gourmet food market to find the makings for some memorable side dishes. You can find fresh potatoes to mash or scallop, sweet potatoes, corn, salad greens and everything you need for creamed spinach. You may also want to choose something from our incredible selection of cheese for a charcuterie board to start the meal right.

For dessert, browse our incredible array of cakes and other sweets that will taste perfect served with gourmet coffee and tea. Don’t forget another important element of a holiday meal: a gourmet selection of wine. We’ve got some perfect chardonnays, pink rose and swanky white wines that will go beautifully with your meal. In addition, we have some sultry reds, Pinot Noirs, Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignon that are to die for and make a perfect gift.

If you’re joining someone else’s dinner and would like to bring a beautiful gift in addition to wine, look no further than our gourmet food market. We offer an amazing array of cookies and desserts, such as Cookies Con Amore Handmade Jelly Filled Walnut Italian Thumbprint Cookies, Forno Bonomi Italian Amaretti Cookies, La Biscotteria Dark Chocolate Dipped Anise Biscotti or La Florentine Torrone.  

Click here to browse Taylor's Market full selection of gourmet food and wine and unique gifts for Easter. Buona Pasqua, Happy Easter!

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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