Simple Recipes to Complement Your Wine

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Grilled lamb chops or pork chops are simple recipes.  And when served with a bottle of fine Merlot, it is a guaranteed success for any occasion. This very tasty and easy marinade is not only wonderful for lamb chops or pork chops, but can also be used for steaks.

Simple Grilled Lamb Chops


1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds lamb chops


Prep – 10 minutes

Cook – 6 minutes

Ready In – 2 hours 16 minutes

Mix together the vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and olive oil in a large resealable bag until the salt has dissolved. Add lamb chops, toss until coated, and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours.
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
Remove lamb from the marinade and leave any onions on that stick to the meat. Discard any remaining marinade. Wrap the exposed ends of the bones with aluminum foil to keep them from burning. Grill to desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium. The chops may also be broiled in the oven about 5 minutes per side for medium.
Why not try this by serving it with Parmesan Baked Potatoes, and Grilled Veggies?

Steaks and Merlot are a sure thing. This recipe is a sure hit.  Blue cheese, rosemary, garlic, and a hot grill. Serving a fine bottle of Merlot is a must for this meal.

Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Blue Cheese-Chive Butter - Best Recipes to Pair with Merlot

Grilled Flat Iron Steak and Blue Cheese-Chive Butter



Prep – 15 minutes

Cook – 10 minutes

Ready In – 1 hour 20 minutes

  • Whisk together vinegar, garlic, 1 tablespoon black pepper, rosemary, oregano, and kosher salt in a bowl along with the olive oil. Place the flat iron steak into a resealable plastic bag, and pour the marinade overtop. Squeeze the excess air from the bag and seal. Marinate in the refrigerator 30 minutes.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate. Remove steak from the marinade, shake off excess, and discard the remaining marinade. Allow the steak to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes as the grill warms.
  • Mash together the butter, blue cheese, chives, and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper; set aside. Cook the steak on the preheated grill to desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Allow the steak to rest in a warm place for 10 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain. Serve with a dollop of blue cheese-chive butter.

Chablis would be a genius move here. But you are grilling them, so Chardonnay will work.  The only way this delicious dish can be a disaster is if you forget to buy the perfect fine wine!

Make the best shrimp meal ever! Remove from skewers and serve on a bed of pasta with sauce for a great meal.  Or serve as an appetizer.

Grilled Marinated ShrimpGrilled Marinated Shrimp

  • Prep – 30 minutes

  • Cook – 10 minutes

  • Ready In – 2 hours 40 minutes



  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, hot sauce, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Reserve a small amount for basting later. Pour remaining marinade into a large resealable plastic bag with shrimp. Seal, and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat grill for medium-low heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp for 5 minutes per side, or until opaque, basting frequently with reserved marinade.

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