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Meals at Home & Wines to Match from a Bobby Van’s Sommelier

Billy Joel summed it up nicely with “A bottle of red, a bottle of white, it all depends upon your appetite.” But then he left us hanging. Do we pick a Malbec? A chardonnay? What even is a blended? So many questions have been left unanswered. Until now.

As you may have come to know with our Pearse’s Potions series of at home cocktail recipes, the New York City Monthly team has become regulars at Bobby Van’s 54th over the years. It’s been a go-to for lunches (we recommend the skirt steak when we’re finally allowed to dine out again!) and happy hours. Even when we’re eating we choose to sit at the bar because that’s where we can find Tom Wall mixing drinks or pouring a perfectly chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Tom is a certified sommelier and we want to lend his expertise to you. With so many of us cooking at home and mastering our skills in the kitchen, that hard work needs to be celebrated with the right wine to match your meal. Here, we’ve rounded up five popular quarantine-time recipes from around the web and Tom has selected a bottle based on each.

To Pair with the NYT Cooking’s Roasted Salmon Glazed with Brown Sugar & Mustard (recipe)
“Treat yourself to outstanding Burgundian quality without the outrageous Burgundian price. It starts with a balanced buttery and nutty flavor with a focused steely finish.”


Olivier Leflavie, Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles 2018
Chardonnay from Burgundy, France, $25


To Pair with Bon Appetite’s Best Bolognese (recipe)
“Cherries, black licorice, and raspberries bring life to this dry and spicy treat.”


Remo Farina Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2016
Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy, $19


To Pair with Food52’s Dry-Rubbed Chicken Wings with Barbecue Sauce (recipe)
“Charles Smith offers this mouthwatering explosion of citrus and tropical fruits with a sustained mineral finish. This wine was made for spicy food!”


Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Reisling 2018
Reisling from Ancient Lakes, Columbia Valley Washington, $12


To Pair with Epicurious’ Sausage & Greens Sheet Pan Dinner (recipe)
“Try this spicy Syrah from Tensley Winery. This deep purple jewel is lush with dark fruit goodness and exotic spices.”


Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2018
Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California, $48


To Pair With Delish’s Garlicky Lamb Chops (recipe)
“The perfect match for this lamb dish is the Muga reserve. Baking spices on the nose lead to a full, dark plum mouth feel with notes of chocolate and coffee. This wine is a perennial gem.”


Bodegas Muga Reserva 2015
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain, $28


To Pair with The Kitchn’s Lemon Fusilli with Arugula (recipe)
“Wanna have some fun? Feel like splurging? This might be the best California Sauvingnon Blanc out there. White peach, nectarines, honeysuckle, lemon, lime, anise…this wine doesn’t stop. Enjoy!”


Lail Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2017
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California, $45

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