Midday Fix: Robert Mondavi Winery winemaker Joe Harden with wines to pair with takeout food

Joe Harden, winemaker

Robert Mondavi Winery

Pairing Suggestions:

Fume Blanc ($20) & Spring Salad:
Fume Blanc’s lively palate (acid profile) and grassy notes are great with spring salads to go (think: fennel and orange salad, grilled pasta and veggie salad, etc.)

Chardonnay ($20) and Indian Chicken Curry (Yellow):
The mild curry flavors and creamy notes are a good match with chardonnay’s fruity flavors and delicate, refreshing palate.

Pinot Noir ($27) & Spicy Tuna Roll:
Because tuna is a slightly fattier fish it can handle a wine with a little more body like a Napa Valley Pinot Noir.  This wine’s fruity flavors, spice and savory notes and a great silky palate balance the fatty fish and the roll’s spicy flavors.

Cabernet Sauvignon ($28) and a Meat Lover’s Pizza:
Pizza is a Chicago favorite.  Choose one with meatballs, sausage and more as a great match up with the dense, fruity and concentrated dark fruit flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Maestro Red Blend ($50) and a Juicy Hamburger:
A juicy take out burger (or, one off the grill) deserves a juicy wine companion.  This Bordeaux Style Napa Valley red blend marries Cab, Cab Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes to get a fruity and mouth filling wine that stands well alongside a meaty burger.