Cocktail Hour

Fried Chicken & Wine:
The Perfect Pair

Spicy Skillet Fried Chicken with Cabbage-Fennel Slaw and Corn on the Cob with Spatzi Riesling 2012

The Riesling paradox is at its best here.  Low alcohol, but rich body and concentrated flavor.  A perfect summer white!  We detect green apples, golden raisins, a twist of lime, and a refreshing sparkle of an aftertaste.  A great price for a lovely and versatile white – this will be your perfect summer sipper!

Why they work together:  This semi-sweet Riesling compliments the spicy fried chicken in the recipe.  The intensity and medium acidity are a great combination with fried recipes. The taste of green apples, golden raisins, and a twist of lime in the wine compliment the crisp, tangy flavors of the slaw. This refreshing, versatile white is the perfect summer sipper.

This pairing is brought to you by Velvet Palate, a members-only destination for wine lovers and explorers.

Do you recall that magical day on your last vacation where you stumbled into a local winery and had the most amazing bottle of wine?  Or that red you had with dinner in the tiny seaside restaurant along the Mediterranean?  We do too, and we cherish those moments! That is why we founded Velvet Palate — to bring you those amazing, hard-to-find wines!  Velvet Palate showcases small and mid sized winemakers that are driven by a passion for quality, handcrafted wines.

We are proud to have an incredibly international team of curators, logistics specialists, and editors hailing from all over the globe to help us in this endeavor.

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Our 360° wine experience provides not only quality products but also provides education on our selections.  As part of your member profile, you can create your own wine preferences and indicate your level of wine experience. These questions will help us curate offers tailor-made to your background. Our aim is to create a personal experience for you. We want you to not only to enjoy artisanal wines but also to further develop your understanding of wine and food pairings.

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One of the features we are most proud of is our Virtual Sommelier – you can ask questions on wine selections and our in-house “Sommelier” will respond with a personalized wine solution within 24 hours.

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We taste thousands of wines every year and choose only the best for our members.  We travel across the globe in search of boutique wineries.  We have personally visited each and every one of the wineries that we feature.  Remember, we support small, artisanal wineries so our goal is not just to feature wines with high points (although many of them do happen to be well rated) but to explore and find wines that we personally enjoy.  Sales events run anywhere from one to six days depending on the event and availability.

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