Hints And Tips – Pairing Salads With Wine

Not so long ago it was a hard an fast rule that one had red wine with meat and white wine with fish with chicken dishes falling somewhere in between depending on the methods of preparation. Thank goodness palate’s have become more sophisticated, without being fussy – and that the sheer variety of wines that are now available make it easier than ever before to break out of tha antiquated approach.

So if we can kick that idea to the curb – then who is to say we should not be pairing wines with the salads that many are turning to as entrees?

The fact of the matter is that is is more than possible to match a wine to a salad – in fact not to do so would be doing the meal a grave disservice.

So what are some pointers that will help in selecting the wine that will complement that flavorsome salad?

Pivotal to that choice must be the influence of the dressing. Some dressing can simply overpower the wine that has been chosen. This is especially true of dressings that are high in acidity. In cases like this, for instance where lemon juice is a component of the dressing or where a tart vinaigrette has been used care must be taken to select a wine that can match or even exceed the levels of acid in the dressing.

It seems logical that if the tartness of the wine matches the tartness of the dressing then you would end up with the two components ‘washing each other out’.

This is far from the truth. In essence what happens is that the cancelling out of the two competing levels of tartness allows the other flavors of the salad to come to the fore. this is especially true of salads that have a high herbaceous component or roasted / strongly flavored vegetables as ingredients. in these cases a Txakolina from Spain or a Muscadet from the Loire Valley in France might well do the trick. Another very viable alternative is a Rose or even a sparkling Rose. A Riesling might be a viable alternative as well.

Some wine experts recommend that the wine match the ‘weight’ of the salad. But there’s no reason to bring out the kitchen scales. What they are in fact saying is that a creamier salad dressing might call for a wine with the creamy finish that comes from fermentation in Oak barrels – the higher the ‘oakiness’ of the wine the more suited it will be to accompany those heavier creamy dressings.

A great example is the wines that would go best with one of the most classic salads on the face of the planet – the Caesar Salad. Although the dressing on a Caesar Salad is not the heaviest it does have some components that can threaten to overwhelm many wines.

Whipping together Parmesan, egg yolks and anchovies might seem like a bridge too far for any wine to cross – but there are some very good wines that pair magnificently with this salad.

Some great pairing are the crisper white wines such as Chablis and other types of unoaked chardonnays.

If the chicken has been char-grilled then feel free to go for broke with the richest Chardonnay that you can find.

these rules will work just as well with other salads that are immersed in a creamier type of dressing.

It must be said that Blue Cheese dressing presents its own challenges, Glenelly-The-Glass-Collection-Unoaked-Chardonnay-2016but even these can be overcome with Riesling, Chenin Blanc and unoaked Chardonnay. It should also come as no surprise that a good bottle of Beaujolais or Pinot Noir will also complement this salad dressing.

There are very few hard and fast rules. Just try and match acidity so as not to mask the taste of the salad and half the battle should be won.

Original Family Taste – Cheerwine

There are very few soft drink companies in the United States that can lay claim to have been owned and controlled by a single family – and still maintained a market share that would allow them to play with the market holders in big Cola.

However, there is one such company that has stubbornly held its market share and has captured the hearts of many lovers of canned and bottled beverages. That company is the one that manufactures Cheerwine.

This cherry flavored beverage has long been a favorite with American consumers and has literally stood the test of time.

Cheerwine History

CheerwineFirst bottled in 1917 the registered trademark only became a reality in 1926.

Since then this effervescent cherry flavored drink has become not only an American favorite but also something of an icon when it comes to how a family can go up against the power of big cola.

Although the Cheerwine marketing budget cannot allow it to complete with the larger producers of soda type drinks it has made some astute decisions as far as partnerships and product extensions are concerned.

The company has appealed to the public through a classic approach the bottling of its product. While other soda companies have gone the plastic route Cheerwine has released a classic product with the original logo and the classic glass bottle – and consumers have greeted the offering with increased sales.

The company has also partnered with other retail heavy hitters such as Krispy Creme in the United States to release a limited edition donuts based on their unique formulation of the soft drink.

The company did not stop there as far as product extensions were concerned. They also partnered with pother companies and began the release of other products that made the most of their unique brand image. The market was greeted by ice creams and sorbet products that leveraged that unique cherry flavored Cheerwine essence and it appears as if the public greeted those offerings with great joy.

However it did not stop there. Many restaurant chains are now offering Cheerwine as a fountain choice. This is not a niche choice for the American consumer anymore – this is a serious player in the soda market.

However, it remains to be seen if Cheerwine will be able to compete on a level playing field with companies like Coke and Pepsi who have much of the traditional retail market all but sown up.

But it appears that the company is not out of ideas. It continues to push the boundaries of what a soda company should be. In an effort to capture even more of the market for its products the company partnered with Sandy Carol Sider to issue a recipe book that leveraged what is the iconic status of its unique taste to appeal to the palettes of the American consumer.

Clearly this is a company that will continue to push the boundaries of what the family owned soft drink company can do – and push back against big Cola.

Check out the Cheerwine fan club at https://cheerwine.com/authenticsodasociety/

Best Combinations Of Wine And Food

Here we have two options – to pair food with wine, or to pair wine with food, depending on which situation are we. In the first case, we try to prepare specific food to go with the wine of our choosing, and in the other, we are trying to pair our drink with the food we are served. This can be a difficult task, so we are here to tell you which kinds of wine goes best with which kind of food.

Find the perfect food.


Sauvignon white – seafood, Thai food, goat cheese, salads, vegetables (except mushrooms), fried fish, sharp sauces.

Chardonnay – almost every kind of fish except the most greasy ones, it will pair well from oyster to luxuriously spiced fish specialties and cheese, fat cheeses.

Pinot white and gray – fish, dough with vegetables, fish soup, risotto, dough with creamy sauces, chicken.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – red meat, sausages, meat and grilled vegetables, game meat.

Pinot black – salmon, tuna, mushrooms, pork, duck, quail, all from beans and especially black burgundy, partridges.

Shiraz – roast turkey, goose, duck, sausages, meat and grilled vegetables, cooked meals with meat and vegetables, game meat.

Tamjanika – Chinese and lightly seasoned food, salads, roasted vegetables, fish (including smoked fish).

Experience the best wine


For salads, it is most important to pay attention to toppings and spices. Sharp spices require good sour wine – Riesling or Sauvignon White, for example. Spices derived from oils of distinctive flavors, such as pumpkin oil, and seasoned with ingredients like soy or ginger, also look for pure wine flavors, for example, Sauvignon White or Chardonnay without ointment.


Simply prepared fish can be combined with simple, fresh, lightweight white wines that are practically a substitute for lemon. However, expensive fish deserve a more expensive bottle of fine white burgundy or Chardonnay. Fish in creamy sauces with pinot white, pinot gray, chardonnay. Black wines of low tannins, especially pinot black, often follow well-fleshed fish such as salmon and tuna. Still, it’s worth a try if there’s not too much ointment, Merlo.


Game meat

Except for a few exceptions, such as, for example, champagne with the cold roasted feathered game or rich, heavy white wines as it once feels like a chardonnay or gray Pino, game meat requires red wine. With a wild game and fairly strong flavors of wild rabbit, pigeon and most of the game’s cooked dishes, strong black wines are needed, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot.


Pork is very adaptable, well fitting with a wide range of black wines, and white wines of medium and strong character. With warm lamb, cabaret sauvignon and all the finest mature wines of the Bordeaux type are good.

With the cold lamb well goes fuller white wine. Medium strong white and black wines are suitable for the basic tastes of chicken. Turkey is also tolerant, but in most cases, it is better with black wines. Along with the duck, there is especially a good choice of blackberries.


Best Hawaii Food And Drink

This kind of cuisine is highlighting the vast mixture of traditional ingredients from Hawaii, and different cooking styles. Their food is naturally cultivated, and it is abundant in their cooking. Tropical fruits like papaya, banana, mangoes, coconut, strawberries, and apples are consumed fresh, mostly during breakfast, and they are served with a juice of fresh limes on top.

Must try food:

People in Hawaii are mostly eating seafood and fish, which is very logical given they are an island. The most important meat in their culture is tuna. Popular is also a Pacific blue marlin, and their white broadbill swordfish is distributed all over the USA. We recommend you should try:

Plate lunch – you can order this in local restaurants, and it is a very popular dish. It has rice, usually two scoops, macaroni salad, and variety of different toppings.


Kālua Pork – this previous marinated meat is being cooked in an oven that is underground – imu. After it is fully prepared they shredded it and served it with cabbage that was previously steamed.

Malasada – this is a deep fried donut that doesn’t have a hole. It is sugar-coated.

Hawaiian Luau – this is a traditional feast full of, Lomi salmon, poke, haupia, kālua pig, poi, and beer.

You should drink:

To drink in Hawaii, you need to be at least 21. And because Hawaii is one of the states in America, tipping is the same as in other countries. Now, the drinks… They are consistent with cocktails full of tropical fruits. You can also find a variety of beer and wine, mostly because wine is produced in Maui. We recommend you should try:

Mai Tai – this drink has so many colors, and it is because of the white and dark rum. It also consists of the curaçao that is orange in its color, and it is full of fresh juice.

Tropical Itch – Here you get a shot of rum and bourbon. There is also lilikoi juice to sweeten your drink and a dark rum on top. This cocktail is created about 30 years ago by the same person that created Blue Hawaii.


Bahama – the beginning of a drink is same like Mai Tai, but then the alcohol is tempered with the pineapple and orange juices. On the finish, there is Kahlua that gives this drink smokiness that is sweet.

Coconut Mojito – the difference between regular and this mojito is that syrup is, in fact, coconut cream and rice distilled liquor.

Captain’s Demise – This funny drink is made of cranberry juice, sprite, and alcohol – blood orange vodka and spiced rum. It is for the adventurous.


Welcome to my Cheerwine Bottle’s & Can’s page

Cheerwine is a soft drink that is flavored with cherry. It exists for more than 100 years and has a great history behind its making. This is one of the oldest drinks, and it is available in big part of the southeastern United States. It is best known in Virginia and the Carolinas, and it is even available for online purchase. This drink goes with all kind of food, but it is extremely popular at barbeques. This North Carolina nectar is well known in the Southeast, where there is no person unfamiliar with its black cherry, sweet, bliss. Cheerwine name, although it has the word “wine” in it, has nothing to do with the alcohol. Its name comes from the color (burgundy) and that special cheerfulness taste. It was the first bottled cherry soda, and it is a legend.


Come with me, as we go back in time and enjoy some great oldies of Cheerwine past us all so much adore. From 1917 to today, Cheerwine has been such a rich part of North Carolina history and peoples hearts. As we take this nostalgic stroll down memory lane, I hope these pages of bottles and cans bring back to you some great memories.

The first bottles

Cheerwine fans, these two bottles above take us back to the very beginning of this historic drink. The one on the left is a smooth sided bottle embossed with “CW” on the neck and Cheerwine at the base. The bottle to the right is best known as the “Cherries” bottle. With its bold cherries on the neck, it also has Cheerwine at the base. Some Carolinians think the “Cherries” bottle was the very first Cheerwine bottle made. However it was not. The very first bottle was a Mint Cola bottle with a Cheerwine paper label.

The big reason for the “Cherries” bottle to be thought of as the first bottle is because it is the only one that has been seen or touched. Only a few paper labels have been found from the first bottles, along with an old sign that has the paper label bottle on it. Other than that, very little information has been passed down about its history. The “Cherries” bottle came shortly after. However it was only produced for about seven months because the cherries were very hard to produce without breaking. Cheerwine went to the “CW” logo because it was easier to emboss, which made a production run more smoothly. I would love to be able to go back in time and enjoy a Cheerwine out of either one of these old classic bottles.


Since the “CW” bottle was introduced, it has become a classic. It’s embossing is distinct and is commonly called the “8 sided bottle.”

The “CW” bottles above sure have left a lasting mark with their unique style. They came in different sizes, a 6oz, and also a six 1/2oz size. There are also many different cities on the bottom that makes it fun trying to collect them all. I even have one from Texas and a few of the clear ones! I hope everyone will go to the message board on the main page and post the cities they have, so we can get an idea of how many are truly out there. Thanks to everyone for enjoying a Cheerwine with me.


This Cheerwine bottle may very well be the most widely known. When it first came out, it did not have the white background around the logo as seen on the left. The one on the right is the most common of this style, and you can now see the white background has been added. If you close your eyes, you are sure to remember drinking Cheerwine out of this classic bottle.

Cheerwine introduced the “basket weave” bottle design in a couple of different styles. You can see the change over the years from the painted label glass bottles to the styrofoam labels. Below you can even see it later used on plastic bottles.

These two bottles above, sure bring back some great memories. I can still see these classic bottles on the shelf at the old “Quality Grocery” store. WOW…I sure do love that logo!

Here are a few more “basket weave” bottles from Cheerwine ‘s great past! The 3rd bottle is another paper label bottle using that famous red oval.

Cheerwine fans…is this not the greatest??? Cheerwine is everywhere!

Three cheers for Cheerwine!!!

It is so neat to look back and see Cheerwine’s growth over the years. If I make just one person smile or help someone remember some good childhood memories, then the time spent on this webpage is well worth it.


Cheerwine Celebrates 100 Years Today

It is hard to believe that Cheerwine has hit the hundred year mark since that fateful year that our grandparents were introduced for the first time to Cheerwine invented by LD Peeler.

It was invented while the world was deep into World War 1 (28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918). This alone shows the tenacity that LD Peeler showed by bringing to the market a soft drink while the world is low on sugar supplies and needed hope.

After the failure of Mint Cola due to the sugar crisis LD Peeler worked tirelessly to come up with a sugar substitute that he would use. His ingenuity gives credence to that old saying that: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”

The original recipe has remained a closely guarded secret passed down from family member to family member.

The above video also demonstrates clearly that Cheerwine is a truly legendary soft drink that has grown up with our grandparents, their children and their children’s children. It has been part of all of our childhoods and gives you that familiar home taste and feeling of nostalgia.

Here is to Cheerwine and the Cheerwine family. Thank you for giving us a legendary Icon.

May the next 100 years be good to you too.

If you missed the information in the above video regarding the Cheerwine exhibition you can check out Rowan Museum

They have put together a great exhibition showing the most interesting years and growth points in Cheerwine’s amazing 100 year old history. Be sure to not waste time thinking about going as the exhibition may be up for a limited time celebrating the centennial year.