The “no fuss” guide to food and wine pairings over the holidays

by Ellen Brittan, Director of Wine Education at Linfield College and owner of Brittan Vineyards

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The holidays are stressful enough without worrying about getting your food and wine pairings perfect. The good news is that there are not as many hard and fast rules as you think, and the majority of the time, most wines go fairly well with most foods.   So what’s all the fuss about? Well, there are some guidelines that will make your holiday dining more enjoyable, as well as some tips on how to avoid some combinations that will detract from your appreciation of a well-prepared meal and a well-made wine.

The best tip for a good pairing is to pay attention to how a dish is prepared. We’ve all heard that “white wine goes with fish and poultry and red wine goes with meat”. For the most part this is a reliable place to start, but what is more important than what you are having, say a chicken breast for example, is the way that chicken breast is prepared and what else is in the dish. A simple grilled chicken breast will be delicious with almost any white, rose or light red wine, as the wine will be there to enhance the simple flavors of the chicken. But if you are having a chicken breast in a mushroom, shallot cream sauce, then you will want to select a wine that has a fairly high acid profile, like a chardonnay or a riesling to cut the richness of the dish and cleanse your palate after a bite of cream sauce. The same principle applies to red meat, how the dish is prepared and what the key flavors and ingredients are is more important than whether you are having beef or lamb.

The few really bad pairings are easy to avoid. The first is when a wine is too heavy and overpowering for the food. A great example would be a beautiful filet of sole in a light lemon butter sauce paired with a big, oaky tannic cabernet sauvignon or syrah. In this case the wine is going to overwhelm the delicate flavor of the fish. Another example is when the wine is too delicate for the food. An example would be a hearty steak or chop with a rich, spicy sauce paired with a very delicate white wine, where the food completely masks the nuances of the wine. That said; if you like cabernet with your fish or a light pinot gris with a grilled rib eye steak, go for it. It may not be the best pairing but I have always found that the most important part of the meal is the people with whom you share it. Enjoy good food and wine with family and friends – that is always the perfect pairing.

Happy Holidays!

Interested in learning more about the world of wine?  Check out Linfield’s online Wine Management and Wine Marketing certificate programs or call the Office of Admission at 503-883-2213.

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Linfield Sets the Bar High for Alicia Wayland

“The faculty members have made my education valuable. I receive feedback on all the assignments that I complete. That propels me forward to be a better student.”

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by Faith Hardersen, current Linfield student

Linfield Online and Continuing Education student Alicia knew it was time to go back to school when a fellow nurse practitioner inspired her to check out online RN to BSN programs. After exploring some options, Alicia was astounded by the attention she received from Linfield’s admission and advising staff; she said the attention was “unparalleled at other schools that I inquired about.”

Since attending Linfield, Alicia has found that the faculty not only teaches the new material, but they are sources of inspiration and guidance for her. She has now been encouraged to pursue her MSN, followed by her DNP, all thanks to the supportive faculty at Linfield. And even though all of Alicia’s courses are online, she has learned to love and thrive in the online learning environment and looks forward to completing most of the assignments “because I love learning new things.”

The small college experience that Linfield provides shines even through the online program. “The customer service that I received by (admission counselor) Jessica and (academic advisor) Leah to get me started was the BEST thing for me. That has impacted me the most. They believed in my abilities and pushed me forward.” Now that Alicia is starting to look forward to graduate schools, she is finding that she is not getting the same experience as she received through Linfield. “Linfield has set my standards high when searching for graduate programs.” But once Alicia has her BSN, she knows that her patients will be in better hands and she will receive immediate rewards for all of her hard work.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our fully accredited online RN to BSN degree program, unique clinical requirements and International Service Learning opportunities – or contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-640-2287 to get started.

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Three things you should know about Linfield’s January Term

Linfield’s short January Term can give students a lot of options.  Here are a few tips for deciding whether or not this “mini-term” is the right time to start your online program.

 

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One of the unique characteristics of Linfield’s academic programs is our one-month January Term (also referred to as Winter Term for online students.).  This condensed term of just four weeks is nestled between Fall and Spring terms and starts right after the winter break. While it can provide a lot of flexibility and options to students when doing their academic planning, there are a few things that every student should understand about Winter Term.

You will only take one class

As we mentioned early, this term is only 4 weeks long so the course material is consolidated pretty densely to fit into this time frame. Students can expect to cover a week’s worth of material in one day’s lesson and to spend more hours reading and preparing assignments each night than they would normally for one class. For many students, this concentrated course option can be perfect if he or she really needs to focus on just this subject. This can definitely be advantageous if it is a subject area that may not be your strong suit. The option of focusing solely on that subject, with no distraction from other coursework, can often improve a student’s ability to absorb the material and perform better in the class.

It’s important to review the course listings for January Term

A quick glance at the 2016-17 Year Long Plan will reveal that there are only about 1/3 of the courses offered this term compared to the other terms. Degree programs like the RN to BSN major often offer elective courses that students can typically take at anytime through their program. Some degree and certificate programs may not be offering core or elective courses in January but may have prerequisite courses available that would be suitable for a newly enrolling student. This is one of the many reasons that it is important to talk with your advisor and discuss the courses that are offered each term throughout the year. Careful planning – and checking in with your advisor – ensures that you take advantage of opportunities like January term and how it may best fit into your academic plan.

January Term can be the best – or most challenging – time to start, depending on your program and personal preferences

While January Term can give students a lot of flexibility in their academic schedule, it can also be a difficult time for some students to start their Linfield education. The reality is that with a limited number of courses offered this term, students may not be able to find a course they need for their program in January and may have to wait until spring. Also, the accelerated pace of the coursework may be challenging if this is your first term and/or if you have not taken online classes in the past. While some students are ready to dive in with both feet and can keep pace with the coursework, some students prefer a more traditional academic term and time frame when starting their online courses.

Still not sure if this is the right term for you to start? Schedule an appointment with your admission counselor to discuss the right start term for you. Applications for the online Winter Term are being accepted through Friday, December 16. Classes start on Tuesday, January 3.

 

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