Being in wine country, we spend a lot of time think about and discussing what we're going to eat (it definitely explains those few extra pounds!). I'm always that person in the grocery store that's buying rutabagas, lemongrass, fennel, and any kind of odd squash I can get my hands on. Trying new foods at home could definitely be called a hobby for our household.
Tonight we're not straying far from the norm, but with all the rain it's definitely soup weather. On the menu for tonight: acorn squash soup with a little cayenne and white pepper for heat, perhaps topped with a fresh herb oil from the garden. To accompany the soup, I think we'll do a similarly seasoned pork loin in the oven.
As some of you know, my husband (and Foursight winemaker), Joe Webb, also works at Londer Vineyards here locally. So, to pair with dinner -- the most important part! -- I'd like to try a Londer 2007 Corby Chardonnay from the cellar and the 2009 Foursight dry Gewurztraminer. We'll see which pairs better, but our Gewurzt is always a good bet with any kind of spicy food. The soup, however, has a tiny touch of cream, so hence the Chardonnay.
Anyone else out there with rainy day dinner plans already in place for the evening? What wine(s) are you pairing with it?