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Raise a Toast: The 17th Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards

| 1/20/2011 5:11:33 PM

L.HoltIf you’re lucky, or have the right connections, you might see the 15,872 square feet of red carpet at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center in person this weekend. You’ll marvel at the five-foot crystal empire chandelier over the stage and maybe even drink from a gold-rimmed glass of your preferred beverage. The rest of us, however, will be watching the 17th annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards on television, at home or perhaps at a friends’ place.  But that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the glamour of the occasion, or the delectable, herb-rich food and wine.

Use our guide to pair wine with your favorite herbs for a flavor-packed meal.
Photo by Marc Roberts/Courtesy

According to the Screen Actor’s Guild website, guests at the event will be served a menu created by James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin. It will consist of:

• Blood oranges with dates, arugula and parmesan
Beluga lentils with carrots, pinenuts and feta 
Slow-roasted King salmon with cucumbers, yogurt and ginger-mint chutney 
Slow-roasted lamb with chickpeas, black olives and feta salsa verde 
Fresh baked herbed crostini with parmesan, chopped thyme and parsley 

And they’ll be drinking specially picked, exclusive wine, perfect for enhancing the best flavors of the dish and cleaning the guest’s palate for the next bite.

You could, of course, recreate these dishes yourself, just to be that much more in the moment. There’s dinner planned, but can you recreate the wine?

Whether you want get as close to the experience as possible or just relax with a more familiar dish, the right wine can make a difference to your experience of a dish’s flavors. And to help you make up your mind as you stare into your liquor cabinet or at the shelves of options at the store, we have optimal wine and herb pairing highlights fresh from our February/March 2011 issue for your perusal:   

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