Trend Alert: Flipping Your Wine

We know—craft beers and ciders are all the rage. We like them as much as the next food-and-drink lover, but we’d be lying if we didn’t admit we’re partial to versatile, food-friendly and classic wine.

Wine, in itself, is a luxurious thing, and it pairs well with luscious food. Whether you match the notes in your wine to complement or contrast with your food, you’ll find something for everyone in a good restaurant’s solid wine program.

Yes, we said contrast. Wine and food pairings are subjective, and sometimes the palate wants what the palate wants. Luckily, the far-ranging varietals available make wine an epicure’s delight. While we’re serious about the variety we offer at Vickers Restaurant, we know your enjoyment trumps our recommendations—and we encourage you to expect that no matter where you choose to have dinner.

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More good news: choosing to drink good wine doesn’t have to break the bank. Wherever you dine, consider French wines to get the best bang for your buck. When you select a French wine, you’re tasting centuries of authentic winemaking. Long bloodlines of vintners have handed down time-honored and time-tested techniques, generation by generation. Even some of the vines are hundreds of years old—and still producing great grapes. Pro tip: consider something from these storied appellations: Burgundy (often Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes), Bordeaux (frequently Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes) and Côtes de Rhône (predominantly Grenache grapes).

At any good restaurant, a knowledgeable server or sommelier will make a recommendation for what should pair best with your meal. But if you’re not feeling it, we invite you to be bold, be brave and flip your wine.

Red Wine Flipped: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sipped along with hearty beef or rich foods come to mind, but there are other amazing varietals that pair with chicken and fish. When you’re in the mood for a red regardless of what’s on your plate, consider a Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône or Malbec.

White Wine Flipped: Thoughts of drinking Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc with light fish or chicken pop up, but there are more-than-approachable reds that do the trick with steaks, chops and pastas. When you must have a white with your richer repast, try an oaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Pouilly Fuissé.

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Dining out is an experience, from the moment you’re greeted until you wave farewell. A good restaurant will respect your time with your companions, provide outstanding service and assist you with selecting on-point food and beverages. An attentive restaurant will also cater to your personal preferences and tastes, even if that’s a bold Cabernet Sauvignon or an oaky Chardonnay with your juicy steak. Choose and enjoy!

Vickers Restaurant serves traditional Continental cuisine with classic French flair. Indulge in attentive service and outstanding menus in quaint and comfortable surroundings. The same European service is available through our stellar event planning service. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a wedding for 150, you can rest assured you’ll enjoy the highest level of care and attention to detail. Join us for happy hour, dinner and live piano on Fridays and Saturdays—we’ve got the area’s most extensive European wine list and excel at vintage cocktails. In season, relax in our outdoor garden for drinks or dinner. Vickers is the perfect spot for fine food, cocktails and entertaining.

Nina Malone


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