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Newbie in Need of Help

Posted by shanelle, Aug 22, 2008.

Hello All!

I am new to this site and new to wine. I recently started a job at a non-profit that helps train the homeless to work in the food service industry. Part of the program includes a restaurant that serves a high end dinner prepared by a guest chef and our students once a week.
I have been given the task of selecting wines (red and white) to go with our menus! My main problem is that our menu changes every week and I have no idea what pairs well with what. Are there any basics that will get me on the right path? Also, we really want to improve our selection of white wines before the holiday season. We are also focused on selecting local (Northwest), and possibly organic wines...

Any advice?



Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 22, 2008.

Hi shanelle -- welcome to Snooth! I dare say you've come to the right place to get the job done. Snooth's search engine is pretty flexible -- you can find white wines from oregon by typing that right into the search box:

Usually there's a budget, too -- so go ahead and add a maximum price -- let's say under 20 dollars:

Snooth can help with food pairings too. Let's say you're serving salmon:

Sounds pretty good to me!

Reply by Adam Levin, Aug 22, 2008.

What's the menu for this week? Maybe try posting it and see what paring ideas people come up with?

Reply by John Andrews, Aug 22, 2008.

Yeah, you can say wine menu selected by Snooth!

Reply by Adam Levin, Aug 22, 2008.

oops, just saw the menu over here

Reply by WineGent, Aug 24, 2008.

I would say focus less on the pairing, and focus more on finding some good, reasonably priced wines to anchor your menu. You can then bring in special wines from time to time that may be a great match for a specific menu item. You may want to reach out to some wineries to see if they would be willing to donate some wine for your cause! WineGent

Reply by Philip James, Aug 24, 2008.

Shanelle - welcome to the site. I'm going to respond to the food pairing thread directly now.

Reply by kizmequick, Aug 29, 2008.

As for organic wines from the Northwest, one of my favorites is the Territorial pinot noir from Willamette Valley. It's pleasantly earthy with lots of berry, smooth, and has a long finish. Love it. As a lighter red wine, it has some flexibility with pairing and might work well with your ever-changing menu. And for under $20 a bottle, it's a steal. Like WineGent said, you need some anchor wines, and I think this one would be an excellent choice.
I actually used to serve at a high-end steakhouse, and this was a wine that I recommended time and time again (along with Provenance Rutherford Cab Sauv, haha). I had a 100% success rate with it. And now, long after I've stopped waiting tables, I get it for myself.

Reply by Philip James, Aug 29, 2008.

I linked the wine so people can track it down:

Reply by shanelle, Sep 3, 2008.

Wow! You guys have been such a great help! Thanks! I'm sure our customers would thank you too! LOL...

Reply by mytestaccount123, Sep 4, 2008.

Welcome to the site

Reply by Philip James, Sep 8, 2008.

mytestaccount123 - same to you! Welcome to Snooth. Catchy name you have there... :)

Reply by bogie1970, Sep 15, 2008.

I am also new to the site and to wines in general. I am looking forward to "talking" with other wine loving friends and learning more.


Reply by oceank8, Sep 16, 2008.

Welcome Peggy!

Reply by Philip James, Sep 16, 2008.

Peggy - welcome aboard. What part of the world are you from?

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