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Wine Pairing help for Christmas dinner party

You must first select the 2nd wine which must emphasize fruit to carry off the spicy gumbo sauce from one's palate. A fruity style of Zinfandel, a Beaujolais cru (Chiroubles, Juliénas), Gewurztraminer or dry Riesling.
The first wine cannot dominate the 2nd. A light Italian red before Zinfandel, for example. Rosé will work before any of the selections for the 2nd wine as will any of those light Italian whites I avoid like I do the plague.

Dec 20, 2014
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Wine for Prime Rib <$25

Looks like I have to solve this problem too for Xmas dinner. I am reading that I do not want a wine that is heavily oaked or too powerful, and since I prefer fruit to wood, that gives me some ideas.

I'm leaning toward a medium-bodied, not meaty, beautifully balanced Syrah-Mourvèdre-Grenache blend that gets Hachette Guide's highest rating ***. The best wine I've discovered here.

Cotes-du-Roussillon les Aspres 2010 Dom Rossignol le Graal
Only $17
http://domainerossignol.fr/nos-vins/l...

Dec 19, 2014
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Chocolate & wine pairing

Banyuls and/or Maury from my corner of the world.

Dec 19, 2014
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Seeking food pairing for garnacha

Jason, I fear you have strayed beyond the constraints of the problem defined. This Grenache may be a bit bold and tannic, but I still think grilled tuna is the best choice within lidlma's constraints.

Dec 16, 2014
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Seeking food pairing for garnacha

Omega-3 fish like grilled tuna, salmon, swordfish

Dec 14, 2014
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Sparkling Red Wine

One upon a time, when I was very wine un-savvy, I liked Korbel Rouge. They still make it and it gets an 85 at Wine Enthusiast. So it's OK.

I also liked Taylor Sparkling Burgundy.

Now red Burgundies are my favorite wines and I don't much care for anything sparkling, even the real thing.

Nov 29, 2014
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Long John Silver's for perfectly tasteless fried food.

Nov 29, 2014
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Pineau des Charentes

Pineau des Charentes, my favorite aperitif, is classified as a mistelle.

I buy from
Domaine Pautier
Lieu dit Veillard
23 r Grande Champagne
16200 BOURG CHARENTE
05 45 81 24 89

The white is almost viscous.
Both colors win awards.
Yum!

Nov 29, 2014
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Have an extra 500 Euro????

So it's not happening after all?

When I heard the news, I started looking at Malta as an alternate long weekend destination.

Nov 26, 2014
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Beaujolais Nouveau 2014: let's go to war!

Beaujolais Nouveau? Almost as interesting as the city of Bordeaux.

I steal a sip somewhere every November, but every year I order 36 bottles of the best Julienas, Fleurie, and Cote-de-Brouilly.

Those wines merit your attention and they are all bargains.

Nov 26, 2014
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Wine for prime rib and traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner?

I may be a little late to the party.

Nevertheless I'll second June's Barbera suggestion and add one of my own - a versatile St Joseph. A fruity young Zinfandel could bridge the gap as well.

Nov 26, 2014
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Matera and Monopli

It's a while back now, but we had an excellent meal with Aglianico wine at Lucanerie in Matera. Regional cuisine emphasized.

Nov 19, 2014
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Honeymoon location help

Forget Michelin in Italy.
Use an Italian guide.
Count me in for Amalfi too.

Nov 12, 2014
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Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Talloires on Lake Annecy is a delightful spot.

Nov 11, 2014
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Collector’s 2,447 bottles headed for the sink (aka Pennsylvania strikes again!)

Thanks, Jason.
Government never ceases to be stupid, stupid, stupid.

Oct 22, 2014
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Wine with lamb curry?

Count me in. Gewurz or Pinot Gris.

Oct 20, 2014
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Provence for 8 Nights - Done my homework but could use some feedback please!

Kudos on an excellent itinerary.

Perhaps I missed it but you want to get up to the lavender fields near Sault at least once.

Oct 19, 2014
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Singer launches cannabis-infused wine

Uh, Jason, this topic belongs in Psychedelics.

Oct 15, 2014
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Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

I was so busy thinking about the food and the wine that I didn't consider who was coming until the last mminute. Brian loves Sauvignon Blanc. I scout it for him. The minerally Pabiot was excellent, but all of the wines we considered would have been.

Oct 11, 2014
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'People were afraid of Burgundy when I started,' says broker Becky Wasserman | decanter.com

When we first latched onto Becky circa 1980, she was in partnership with Christopher Cannan who covered southwest France as I recall. I remember visiting her farmhouse in the rains of the dreadful 1984 harvest. And she was always there when I occasionally popped into le Vieux Moulin in Bouilland.

Do I have to write a disclaimer too because we served her wines (from Comtes Lafon)?

Oct 10, 2014
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Two nights in Amboise

Food - le Bon Laboureur in Chenonceaux has two Gault-Millau toques and a Michelin star. There is also a one-star in Amboise, but I have never dined there. Several in Tours too.

Oct 09, 2014
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Two nights in Amboise

Château du Clos Lucé is right there with a da Vinci exhibit. He lived there for a time.

The nearby chateaux of Loches, Chenonceaux and Langeais are among the best in the Loire valley to visit and all quite different. Don't miss the gardens of Villandry. The drive to the Chateau d'Angers is worth it.

Finally there is old Tours and near Saumur the abbey of Fontevraud (where Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son Richard the Lionheart are buried)

There you have the best destinations in the Loire Valley.

I always stay at le Bon Laboureur in Chenonceaux - a class act.

Oct 09, 2014
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Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

Well, it's decision time. Thank you for your sage advice.
Usually we start with Champagne, but if we don't, that's an excellent choice.

I don't have any Puligny-Montrachet or that would be near the top of my list. My Pouilly-Fuissé from Verget is a little too round for this dish.

I have several Rieslings from Ch Orschwihr - so maybe the Vieux-Thann. Haven't tested the Grand Cru Kitterlé yet. Have Zinds too, but I think's it's too much.

Almost forgot. Have a very good Albariño from Martin Codax.

Sancerre, no. Haven't tried my new Quincy from Renaudat. Reuilly from Jamain is very good but not interesting enough. So maybe the Pouilly-Fumé 2012 from Jonathan Didier Pabiot.
http://www.arrowine.com/for-tues-827-...

Oct 09, 2014
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Best Bistros in Paris (Chez Denise, L'ami Louis or Aux Lyonnais)

I don't come to Paris often (from Roussillon), but when I do, I prefer le Vilaret and au Bascou (order the Irouléguy blanc).

Oct 07, 2014
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Barbaresco Quick Help - PLEASE!!!

That was a great vintage too.

Oct 03, 2014
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Barbaresco Quick Help - PLEASE!!!

The Wine Enthusiast vintage chart says it's from a fabulous vintage and at its peak. Lodali is a fine Producer. So it ought to be super.
BTW I love Barbaresco, the Burgundy of Italy.

Oct 03, 2014
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Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

Yes, I do. At least the ones I buy. Richer, rounder. Now zeroed in on Max Roger.

Just bought a new Pouilly-Fumé - from Pabiot.

Also Reuilly from Lafond et Jamain.
Quincy from Portier was superb.

Oct 02, 2014
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Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

I think Sancerre is too fat. From Loire I'd prefer a Pouilly-Fumé or a Quincy, something a little more angular.

Or a Savennières that got lost on the way to Paris.

Poitou? Ardeche? I never see those central France wines down here. Don't need too. The real thing is reasonably priced here.

Oct 02, 2014
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Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

There's no one selling Italian wines down here, Jason.

Oct 02, 2014
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Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

I don't really have a definitive idea of what the food will taste like. I just know that almost uniquely Pinot Gris does the trick all the way to the border of Burma.
Tombstone Shadow's beer recommendation is also on the money.

Oct 02, 2014
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