Food & Wine Pairing – The California Wine Club with Martha & Marley Spoon

  • Orzo and Meatball Stew with Pinot Noir
  • Tex Mex Beef Stew with Pinot Noir
  • Sweet and Sour Braised Pork with Chardonnay
  • Willowbrook Cellars 2016 California Chardonnay
  • Willowbrook Cellars 2016 North Coast Pinot Noir

If you love food and wine, signing up for a meal kit delivery box and monthly wine box can be a fun way to spend your nights relaxing after work or cooking on the weekend with friends, family, or your significant other. Instead of just the meal kit or the wine box, why not do both so you can pair your delicious wines with amazing, fresh home cooked meals? Not only is it a great way spend an evening, but you can expand your culinary skills, try wines you otherwise wouldn’t buy, and you can save a lot of money! Cooking at home with a meal kit and getting a wine subscription box is much cheaper then heading out for dinner and drinks on the town.

I decided to test out how my experience would be paring my wines from The California Wine Club and my meals from Martha and Marley Spoon.

The Wines and The Meals

Wine – Willowbrook Cellars

  • 2016 North Coast Pinot Noir
  • 2016 California Chardonnay
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Wine Delivery Frequency

Monthly, Bi-Monthly, Quarterly

Wine Type

Mixed, All Whites, All Reds, U.S. Wines


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Meals – Martha & Marley Spoon

  • Meatball and Orzo Stew with Baby Spinach
  • Sweet and Sour Braised Pork Chops with Smashed Sage Potatoes
  • Tex-Mex Beef Stew with Pickled Jalapeno Relish and Rice
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Cost Per Serving

$9.50 – $12.00

# of Meals/Week

2, 3, 4



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Special Meal Types Available

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian

How I Paired My Wines and Meals

The good news is, you don’t have to be a professional wine and food pairer to have fun pairing your wines with the dinners from your meal kit. I am a firm believer you can drink what you like with any food of your choice.

However, if you want to go for more of a traditional route, there are a few simple rules of thumb to use when pairing wine with food, although I am taking the most basic approach to this rule. Reds go the best with beef and white wines are best with cheeses, fruits, and white meats like chicken and pork.

Therefore, I paired my Beef Stew and Meatball and Orzo stew with the Pinot Noir and did the Chardonnay with my Sweet and Sour Pork.

How Did it Taste Together?

Pinot Noir with Tex-Mex Beef Stew

This stew was made with strips of tender sirloin steak, a rich thick beef broth, and had a lot of bold spice from a dried chiles spice blend. The spiciness of the stew pairs very well with a rich and fruity red wine and helps to cool down your palate a bit when the spice built up from the stew, which was quite spicy.

The slight sweetness from the red also helped to further cool down the spiciness of the dish as well. I particularly thought the the aromas of plum and black pepper from the Pinot complimented the dish very well too – that slightly earthy spice and sweet plum was delicious with the nuttiness of the Basmati rice and rich stew broth.

The Pinot also went well with the delicious, tender, and juicy steak throughout the stew. The acidity in the wine cut the slight fatiness of the steak.

Pinot Noir with Meatball and Orzo Stew

I choose to pair this meatball and pasta dish with the red because of the grass-fed beef meatballs and golden raisins, but this could have easily paired well with the Chardonnay as well. Whites go wonderfully with pasta and cheese, both of which this scrumptious dish had.

Since reds go well with beef, the red was my choice of wine with this dish. Furthermore, grass-fed beef is known for its earthy and richer flavor, which went extremely well with the aromas of leather and dark fruit in the Pinot. Reds can also pair well with foods that have a slight sweetness, so the chopped golden raisins studding the meatballs complimented the red wine perfectly.

Chardonnay with Sweet and Sour Pork

Since whites go well with poultry like chicken and pork, the white was the obvious pairing for this meal. This dish also had a sweet and sour apple sauce to pair with the pork. This slightly sweet and fruity white paired with the sweetness and tartness of the apples.

The sauce is also finished with a tangy apple cider vinegar, and acidic sauce pair perfectly with the acidic notes in the Cardonnay. The aromas of this white includes sweet rich caramel and honey, and what pairs better with apples than caramel? It’s a classic flavor combination.

This dish also used pumpkin pie spice that has spices like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The Chardonnay has hints of nutmeg as well, so it paired seamlessly with the spice running throughout the sauce.

Would I Pair Wine and Meals from Subscriptions Boxes Again?

Yes! This was such a fun, unique, and creative way to use food and drink subscription boxes. It was awesome to get in the kitchen with my boyfriend in the evenings after work and cook a fresh and delicious meal and find ways to pair them with the wines I received from The California Wine Club.

Both the food and wine quality were spot on and we enjoyed meals and drinks throughout the week that went wonderfully together. I would highly recommend trying your favorite meal kit and wine subscription and giving this fun pairing a go.

Lynn is the founder and chief editor at She is responsible for strategy and business development. Her background is in software development, marketing, and project management. She loves camping, traveling, and all things soccer related. She has been married for over 30 years to one great guy and has two adult children. Lynn is also the human companion to two cats - Jynx and Spanky. She is based in Minnesota, USA.

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