Anchor and Hope Rhode Island-Based Winery Offers Food and Wine Pairing Ideas

To help out dinner party and event hosts, the locally-based wine négociant has created a wine cheat sheet.
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Pictured in the Anchor and Hope wine gift pack are the Sauvignon Blanc and Mendo (may vary depending on retailer).

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time for celebratory dinner parties. It’s enough to plan and execute a menu at home, nevermind thinking about what beverages to serve with it. To help out dinner party and event hosts, Anchor and Hope, a Rhode Island-based négociant, has created a wine cheat sheet with varietals that can complement any dish this holiday season.

“One of the challenges many people face is in choosing the right wines that will complement all the wonderful flavors on the table,” says Marissa Stashenko, owner of Anchor and Hope.

Anchor and Hope wines are made with sustainably-grown grapes from family-owned farms in Oregon, California and Germany, and blended, aged and packaged in Rumford, Rhode Island.  Varietals include sauvignon blanc, riesling, chardonnay, rose, Pinot Noir and Mendo, and are available by the bottle as well as 250-milliliter cans, which allow for individual servings during a second COVID-19 holiday season.

“Our wines are approachable enough for everyday enjoyment, yet complex enough to be worthy of a celebration. They’re meant to elevate the dining experience and complement a dish, whether it’s a generations-old recipe or something new,” says Stashenko.

Stashenko and husband and winemaker James Davids recommend these pairings this holiday season:


2019/2020 Sauvignon Blanc (Rheinhessen)

Bright and refreshing with flavors of passion fruit and orange blossom, followed by zesty textures, minerality and crisp acidity.

Pairs well with:

  • Goat cheese, smoked gouda, brie
  • Roasted turkey or fish


2019 Art Series Chardonnay (Oregon)

Ripe, tropical flavors with a touch of oak and none of the butter.

Pairs well with:

  • Creamy cheeses like Havarti, fontina or blue
  • Roasted chicken or turkey, pork, sea bass, lobster, shrimp
  • Potatoes, cream sauces
  • Banana pudding, crème brûlée, cheesecake


2019 Riesling Feinherb (Rheinhessen)

Mineral driven and bursting with ripe fruit and floral aromatics.

Pairs well with:

  • Oysters, scallops, duck
  • Chili peppers, Thai or Indian flavorings, ginger, BBQ sauce
  • Pumpkin pie, caramel sauce, apple pie


2019 Pinot Noir (Rheinhessen)

A beautiful and enticing cool climate Pinot Noir with ripe flavors of cranberry and cherry enhanced by hints of baking spices and charred wood.

Pairs well with:

  • Glazed ham, duck, lamb, salmon
  • Mushrooms, truffle, cinnamon, orange
  • Creamy sauces or lighter red sauces
  • Chocolate dishes


2018 Mendo (Mendocino County)

A single harvest field blend of old vine Syrah, Grenache, and Zinfandel, offers blackberry, plum and violet flavors, with bay and tobacco leaf in the background.

Pairs well with:

  • Roasted turkey, beef roast, pork shoulder, venison
  • Potatoes, red sauces
  • Chocolate desserts


Anchor and Hope has also put together a duo of wines packaged in holiday packaging and including tasting notes and suggested pairings, perfect for host/hostess gifts, teachers, etc. Included in the package is the 2019/2020 Sauvignon Blanc (Rheinhessen) and the 2018/2019 Mendo (Mendocino County). The gift pack is available at ENO Fine Wines in Providence, Main St Wine and Spirits in Coventry, Cork and Brew in Pawtuxet Village, and Stoneacre Wine and Spirits in Newport for $42-$45 (varies by retailer).



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