Every hostess should become familiar with the various wines available and how to pair them with food. Even if you are not much of a drinker, you should learn the basics. So, we’ve gathered three videos below for you to watch. We hope you enjoy them!

Conquer the art of wining and dining with these tips…

Syrah? Zinfandel? Pinot Noir? Spicy Food? Cheeses? Barbecue? Which with which? Some basics on how to choose the right wine … the proper pairing is one in which the wine does not overpower the food and the food does not overpower the wine. The truth is there is no hard set right and wrong, but there are some things to keep in mind when choosing. Here are some tips, advice, and wine pairing basics, from a wine expert, New York based sommelier Michael Cimino. Chef Kevin Reilly of Roost Restaurant in Rockland County NY serves up two dishes to challenge Michael to match with wines. Watch and listen in this video as Michael explains how he chooses his wines.

Everyone knows wine and cheese go together. But there are a few rules you can follow to make your wine and cheese pairing experience even better. Patrick Cappiello, the award-winning wine director at Rebelle in New York City, is here to help. In this week’s episode of Tasting Notes, he shows us how to choose the best wine to complement the five cheeses you’ll find on a basic cheese board: goat cheese with sauvignon blanc, cheddar cheese with sparkling wine or cider, firm cheese with nutty, oxidized white wine (or a dry wine from sherry), soft washed-rind cheese with a fuller-bodied white wine or a lighter-bodied red wine like pinot noir, and blue cheese with a sweet, full-bodied wine like a port.

Executive Producer: Brian Berkowitz Producer: Jeremy Repanich Host: Patrick Cappiello