A tricky wine matching question
Posted 25 March 2004 - 03:08 PM
I have vegetarian guests visiting.
Now, I cook veggie quite frequently (because that's how the lady wife prefers to eat) but mostly it's simple stuff that I wouldn't serve to guests. I have only a couple of veggie dinner party recipes.
One, I'm not ashamed to admit, is a Delia creation. It's a spinach, pine nut and four cheese lasagne. Basically, you make a bechamel and grate a pile of cheese into it. Wilt some spinach, press out as much water as possible. Mix some ricotta into the spinach. Crumble some gorgonzola, mix into the spinach/ricotta. Moisten with some of the sauce. Toast some pine nuts. Assemble the lasagne; bake.
It's very good, if not especially virtuous (which was the point of us trying to eat vegetarian part of the time). But what wine should I serve with? I think white, with good acidity but also a fair amount of body; but I can't figure out exactly what. Help!
Posted 25 March 2004 - 03:41 PM
Alsatian Riesling (Trimbach or Leon Beyer)
Posted 25 March 2004 - 03:55 PM
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Posted 25 March 2004 - 04:41 PM
I think a red would absolutely pair with that dish. I only limited to white because he asked for it. I'd go with a Morgon or Fluerie from Beaujolais, or perhaps a Cab Franc from Bourgueil or Chinon.
In a different direction, I am finding fruitier reds go well with that kind of dish. A good Zinfandel, for example: I like Hendry as a Californian producer, but I don't know if you can find that in the UK.
Posted 25 March 2004 - 04:46 PM
Actually California Zin is pretty much in the same boat - you can get industrial versions from the supermarkets (lots of Turning Leaf :blink: ) but it's hard to find anything better unless you have a tame wine merchant. Sainsburys has Ravenswood Lodi for about seven quid, which I've enjoyed in the right circumstances. Not all that comparable to Chinon though :)
Thanks both for the thoughts.
Posted 26 March 2004 - 07:14 PM
Posted 29 March 2004 - 09:28 AM
As someone who eats little meat, I enjoy red wine with foods that meat eaters don't think goes. I expect your veggie friends would as well.
Otherwise, they'd never drink red wine with there meals.