Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Laura Wright Visits HOME & FAMILY And Talks Choosing The Right Wine

Laura Wright, Paige Davis and Mark Steines on HOME & FAMILY
Photo: Hallmark Channel
On today's HOME & FAMILY, Daytime Emmy Award-winning actress Laura Wright visited with hosts Mark Steines and Paige Davis and brought along some wine from Standing Sun, the northern California winery she owns with her husband John. When not in front of the camera on the popular, long-running soap opera, Wright spends time with her husband creating blends for their winery, which makes wines of the Rhone variety.

Wright had tips to share about how to choose the right wine to go with your meal and had the following recommendations:

Grenache Blanc or LeBlanc -- A crisp wine that goes great with goat cheese. Wright likes to pair this with a dish like lobster risotto or a fish. She also said that this is a good choice for someone who prefers red wine, as it has good structure and holds up nicely.

Grenache -- Wright called this a "fun wine" and describes it as a "jammier, lighter red." It's nice to drink on a hot summer day and she suggests serving it with a ligher pasta with a cream sauce or pork chops.

Syrah -- Some people like to serve a cheese plate as dessert, and this rich red wine is the perfect complement to that, as well as with a delicious chocolate cake or chocolate mousse. Laura recommends pairing this with lamb or turkey for dinner.

GSM -- This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre wines and is great for drinking while sitting around a campfire with friends or while dining on a juicy burger.

When deciding what wine to take with you when going to someone's house, Wright recommends bringing what you like to drink yourself unless you know a particular wine that is favored by the host. When in doubt, take both a white and a red so there will be something for everyone.

Wright stars as Carly in GENERAL HOSPITAL, weekdays on ABC.

HOME & FAMILY is a two-hour weekday lifestyle, ultimate how-to show hosted by Mark Steines and Paige Davis. The program airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (9 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET/PT) on Hallmark Channel.

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