Pairing Tips

Grill & Chill: Pairing Wine with Barbecue for Summer

Wine pairings don’t have to be fancy – pairing wine and barbecue is easy with these tips! No matter what you’re grilling, we’ve got a wine pairing for you.

10 Perfect Wine and Cupcake Pairings

Pairing wine and cupcakes can be challenging since there are so many flavor combinations. Use this guide to pair your favorite wines with cupcakes.

Pairing Wine with Cheese Curds

Cheese curds are amazing. And although typically eaten with beer, pairing wine and cheese curds together is a match made in ooey-gooey-cheesy heaven.

8 Wine Pairings for your Favorite Hummus Flavors

Hummus and wine is the perfect happy hour combo: It’s tasty, healthy, and pairing your wine with your favorite hummus is a cinch. Just use these tips!

How to Recreate a Parisian Wine Vacation at Home

Bored at home? Escape on a Parisian wine vacation without leaving your house using these tips! Taste the best food, wine, and culture Paris has to offer!

How to Pair Wine with Brunch

Planning a fabulous brunch but want to move beyond the basic mimosa? Use these tips and recipes to pair wine with brunch and make your meal extra special!

How to Pair Wine with Salsa and Guacamole

How to choose the perfect wine for Taco Tuesday? Use the salsa as your guide! These tips will help you perfectly pair wine with salsa and guacamole.

Pairing Wine with Spicy Food

Are you a wine lover who enjoys food that clears out your sinuses and makes your lips tingle? Then this guide to pairing wine with spicy food is for you.

The Best Wines to Pair With Chinese Food

Ordering lots of delivery right now? You’re not alone. Use this list of the best wines to pair with Chinese food to treat yourself and elevate your usual delivery order to something extra special.

How to Host an At-home Wine Tasting During Quarantine

Want to host your own at-home wine tasting during quarantine, either virtually with friends or at home with your partner? It’s super easy, use these tips!

The 6 Most Common Wine Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Are you guilty of making these mistakes? No judgement. Learn about the six most common wine mistakes and how to avoid them.

How to Pair Wine and Potato Chips

Great news, everybody: Wine and food pairings don’t need to be fancy! Make your next Netflix binge an elevated tasting experience by pairing your favorite wine with your favorite chip, using these tips.

How to Pair Your Girl Scout Cookies with Wine

Pair wine with your favorite Girl Scout Cookies to easily elevate your annual cookie experience from gorge-fest to relaxed indulgence.

Your Perfect Wine Pairing Guide for Valentine’s Dinner at Home

Going out for Valentine’s Day is amateur hour. Instead, impress your date with a special meal using this wine pairing guide for Valentine’s dinner at home.

How to Pair Your Food and Wine Like a Pro

Pairing food and wine can be intimidating, but don’t worry! It’s actually quite easy. Just use these simple tips to pair your food and wine like a pro.

8 Amazing Wine and Cheese Pairings

Pairing wine and cheese, while delicious, doesn’t have to be hard! Use these 8 amazing wine and cheese pairings and you’ll be an expert in no time!

Diet-friendly Wines for Keto, DASH, Paleo, and More

Looking for diet-friendly wines since you’re eating keto, DASH, or paleo? Look no further. Accomplish your healthy eating goals with a glass of these diet-friendly wines!

#Winesday: Get to know Aglianico

Ciao, winos! There’s so much more to Italian vino than your go-to Pinot Grigio and Chianti in wicker baskets. Let’s talk about an ancient grape with an up-and-coming popularity on American wine lists: Aglianico.   Region     Aglianico (“alli-yawn-nico”) hails from the Campania, Basilicata and Puglia regions of Italy, the southern part of the…

The History of Cheese

If you’re fancy, you’ve probably been to a wine and cheese party. Or if you’re like us, you’ve probably poured a hefty glass of wine and rummaged through the cheese drawer in the fridge to dig up some string cheese to pair with your Friday-night-Netflix extravaganza. Either way, you know that wine and cheese make…

Grilling Out on the Fourth

Burgers, brats and barbecue are essentials to any Fourth of July cookout (along with the fireworks of course). But even more essential? The beverages! While wine isn’t typically thought of as the go-to drink at warm weather get-togethers, the proper wine and food pairing can bring any grill out to the next level: MALBEC &…

Which Wine Matches Your Relationship?

You really do love the wine you’re with, but which wine matches your relationship? The Party People: Sparkling Wine Like sparkling wine itself, your relationship with your better half calls for a celebration. Sparkling wine is synonymous with parties and celebrations, and these happen to be your two favorite things to attend as a couple.…

#Winesday: Hibernating and Hosting

The holidays are here and we're looking forward to two of our favorite things: hosting get-togethers and cozying up indoors! Whether you're entertaining the masses or having a wine and cheese party for one, follow these simple guidelines for a delicious and eye-catching pairing experience.

#Winesday: Thanksgiving Mashups

We’re quickly approaching every food and wine lover’s favorite time of year! Whatever dish you’re contributing this Thanksgiving, pairing your wine with the key element or ingredient is a no-fail way to ensure a cornucopia of delicious flavors. Try out some of these classic recipe components paired with a few Bright Cellars favorites! Pumpkin +…

#Winesday: 6 Wines You Should Drink with These Hair-Raising Horror Films

Finally, the month of October has creeped its way back upon us. The leaves are changing colors and pumpkins carved by wholesome families are littering the lawns of cookie-cutter neighborhoods. Most importantly, introverts are finally at peace, resting comfortably, bundled in blanket burritos rather than wallowing in sweat-drenched clothes from the humid summer months. The…

Rags to Royale: The Kir Cocktail Story

If you’re looking for a sparkling beverage that’s as sophisticated as it is sweet, the Kir Royale will be your cup of tea (or in this case, wine). Originating in Burgundy, France around the 1940s, the Kir was a drink named after the World War II hero, Felix Kir. Felix was mayor of the French…

#Winesday: Wine-ter is Here. What wine is your favorite GOT character?

If you’ve ever spent an evening (or a weekend, no judgement) binge watching Game of Thrones then you’ve definitely seen a sizable amount of wine consumed by the show’s characters. As avid fans of both Thrones and wine, we often pair our episodes with a nice chalice of vino. We watch the characters throw back…

We Just Found the Best Wine Pairing: Art and Wine

Have you ever wondered what wine would pair with your favorite art movement? Me neither, but I thought it’d be fun. Follow me through this quick art history lesson and enjoy some wine along the way. Da Vinci Mona Lisa 1503-1515 Renaissance & Muscat Blanc The Renaissance artists were drama kings. (Feminism wasn’t cool yet.)…

Why Does Rosé Taste So Damn Good?

As I slid into the booth at my favorite Milwaukee restaurant, I snatched up the wine menu. Scanning the list for the wine I wanted only took a few seconds. “Are we all good with a bottle of the rosé?” I asked the booth. Unsurprisingly, the answer was unanimous – yes, obvi. The waitress soon…

How to Chill Your 4 favorite Types of Wine

Now that we’ve sipped our way through the Fourth of July, it’s safe to say that summer is officially here. And boy, do we love it. Summer gives us a chance to show off our favorite bikini, try out that chic new sunhat we bought back in October and work on getting the perfect golden…

Drink Like the Spanish Do: The Kalimotxo

Surely you’ve heard of a little festival in Spain called San Fermín. A 427-year-old celebration of Basque culture, San Fermín attracts thousands of people to the small Spanish town of Pamplona. If San Fermín rings a bell, it’s probably for one big reason: El Encierro or “Running with the Bulls.” Yes, San Fermín is most…

Dear Sangiovese, Don’t Ever Change.

Picture this: you’re sitting on the veranda of an Italian villa. A cool breeze is blowing off the Mediterranean Sea. The sun is setting in the distance. You have a plate of authentic lasagne waiting to be devoured. Your wine glass is empty and you’re ready to drink as the Romans do, but what vino…

6 Bubbly Cocktails You Should Be Drinking This Weekend

Gather up your Sunday Brunch Squad. We’ve curated a list of our favorite fizzy cocktails, featuring three different types of bubbly: Champagne, Prosecco and Cava. Champagne French 75 (source: Bon Appétit) A chic French cocktail with a vintage vibe, this classic will take any basic brunch to the next level. Ingredients: (Makes 1 serving) 2…

4 Tips for Creating the Most Instagram-worthy Summer Wine & Cheese Party

#Summer is by far the most Instagram-able season, with its hashtag hitting over 251 million posts. This exceeds what the other three seasons have to their names combined. So when you have a get-together that consists of that Chardonnay bottle with the prettiest label in the store, a cheese board masterpiece and your closest friends,…

#Winesday: Keep it Cool

There’s nothing more refreshing than a cold glass of vino on a hot afternoon. If you find yourself reaching for a bottle that’s lukewarm on the counter…chillax! Check out our tips for quick-chilling your wine all summer long: Get Salty Place your wine in a bucket of ice, cold water and salt. Salt reduces the…

Real Pairings for Real People

When thinking of food and wine pairings, your first thought is likely the age-old Champagne and Caviar or Cabernet Sauvignon and Strip Steak au Poivre. No? Good, because those certainly aren’t our go-to’s. When we want to get down with an exceptional food and wine combo, we go for what we like to call “real…

Summertime Red Wines

You’re on a patio, the temperature is somewhere north of 80, you have a grill, some meat, and a bunch of empty glasses. What do you reach for? Frozen margaritas wouldn’t be wrong (frozen margs are never wrong), but we’re pouring juicy, chillable reds! Whites and rosés are often considered the go-to summer sippers, but…

#Winesday: Grape & Grill

Burgers, brats, and barbecue are all essential to a summer cookout. But even more essential? The beverages! While wine isn’t typically thought of as the go-to drink at warm weather get-togethers, the proper pairing can bring any grill-out to the next level: Malbec & Cabernet Sauvignon Pair with: steak, cheeseburgers   Why this works –…

#Winesday: How to Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day

At Bright Cellars, we’ll take any occasion to celebrate…but this one is especially gouda. It’s National Grilled Cheese Day! Turn on the stovetop, grab your favorite glass, and check out our 6 unique wine + grilled cheese pairings: Cheddar Bacon Grilled Cheese + Zinfandel Robust bacon and vibrant Zin, what more could you want in a…

10 Tips to Pairing Wine with Food

Wine and food go together like a jacket potato and sour cream. Okay, maybe not like that, but wine and food have been paired together ever since its creation. People needed something to wash their cheese down with, duh. Although any type of wine can go with any type of food (red wine and pizza…