Today’s Room of the Week is the dining room…in all its variations, from formal to casual to outdoors. Special guest columnist Lorrie LeBeaux, a West Little Rock resident whose passion for wine led to Lorrie’s Wine and Food World,Â shares with us her recommendations for the ideal glasses, wine and food to pair with these lovely spaces featured in our Kitchen and Bath issue.
This dining room by Meridith Hamilton calls for a glass than can enhance the beauty of this modern space. This lovely Verve flute from Crate & Barrel will surely add sparkle and be quite the conversation piece at the dinner table. The bubbles in the base of the glass mimic the bubbles of the sparkling wine!
For a touch of color, I would pour a glass of Schramsberg 2008 Brut Rose. This wine has a lovely pink hue. The bubbles are small, tight and ongoing in your flute. The aromas are of bright red fruit, like strawberries and watermelon. There are also slight notes of brioche and orange zest.Â This wine is a great to sip alone, but is a wonderful wine to be paired with food. I would pair it with salmon, chicken, pork or a tangy goat cheese. Or try it with this yummy appetizer recipe.
(photography by Nancy Nolan)
In this transitional style space by Tobi Fairley,Â I love the mix of soft, sleek, built-in seating and chairs. This traditional-with-a-twist Edge glass from Crate & Barrel offers a finishing touch, looking great in this room and in anyoneâs hand.
A traditional red wine, such as Honig’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, would complement an evening of great conversation around this cozy banquette.
In this sitting area next to a kitchen (designed by Garry Mertins), the side table between the big cushy chairs and ottoman begs for a glass of wine to adorn it! The Nat wine glass by Crate & Barrel would add a bit of interest in this space. And anyone would love to have this glass in their hand with my white wine recommendation!
I would fill this wine glass with 2010 J California Pinot Gris; this wine is so aromatic and refreshing. Check out the full wine review.
I love the relaxed and elegant look of this space, and a wine glass with a bit of color would add that finishing touch to this outdoor eating area. This Lyla wine glass from Crate & Barrel is a lovely shade of green that would add that pop of color.
I would pour Honig 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley in this lovely glass, and enjoy a great meal to salute an end to summer. Check out the complete review.
Lorrie (and be sure to visit me here for more wine, dining and decor ideas!)