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“What wine goes with Captain Crunch?” - George Carlin
tchin-tchin from the Enthusiastic BBQ Cook!!
2017 1er Cru Clos de la Chateniere Domaine Hubert Lamy
With white meat such as chicken I like to drink a white, particularly as this recipe has a bit of spice as well. I would suggest grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay,
In this instance I chose a 2017 1er Cru Clos de la Chateniere Domaine Hubert Lamy, a White Burgundy. The wine had a smoky nose and a plethora of citrus nuances, particularly lemon-lime.
2015 Resonance Pinot Noir
I would say the wine varietals that pair well with roast duck are pinot noir, gamay, tempranillo, barbera, sangiovese.
This Resonance pinot noir had aromas of red fruits and flavors such as cherries and currants. It paired elegantly with the richness from the duck.
2018 Gallina De Piel Ikigall
For red wine you could have a spicy Rioja Crianza or Rhone which would be versatile enough to go with this chicken dish. For white wine the herbal notes of Gewurztraminer or herbaceous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. However, I think wines from the Penedès which is known for its sparkling Cava wines also has some cracking white wines using indigenous grapes.
The Gallina De Piel Ikigall is a white wine using indigenous grape varieties of Spain’s northern regions such as Xarel-lo, Malvasia de Sitges and Muscat paired amazingly well with the Middle Eastern flavours of my barbecued Musakhan chicken. It was a very crisp wine that is highly fragrant with orange and liquorice aromas.
2018 Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube
Rose a great choice for many Indian dishes, with the right balance of fruit flavour and acid crispness to work well with a variety of dishes.
Their superb rose was delicate and dry with aromas of peach and red berries on the palate with a long finish.
Digby Fine English Leander Pink, Brut Rosé NV
Riesling and pinot gris are generally pretty safe bets. Riesling's from Alsace have a touch of dryness that may not counteract the heat as well as some other wines, however it does have hints of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg that will enhance the flavours found in the jerk seasoning. Red wines made from grapes that are naturally low in tannins (that don't encourage the spice) such as pinot noir and merlot are good choices
The Digby sparkling is a blend made from predominantly pinot noir. The wine was pale peach in colour with musky and warm brioche aromas. Fresh palate of sour cherry and red-currants. Went very well with spicy and sweet chicken.
2017 Torbreck 'The Struie' Shiraz
Red wines such as Zinfandel, Shiraz, and Grenache all have the fruity flavor of berries and jam that help to draw out the flavor of the sauce.
The Torbreck is a beautiful Barossa Valley shiraz (near my home town) with a velvety finish which delivered layers of dark chocolate with hints of blackberries and spice. It paired amazingly well with my Peking Duck as the fruit and richness of the wine act as a buffer for the spicy and sweet flavours of the Peking Duck.
2005 Clarendon Hills Blewitt Springs Old Vine Grenache
Grenache pairs nicely with braised meats like beef, venison, veal and pork and was a perfect match for less spicy style of Asian cooking like my Chinese BBQ Venison in Bao Buns.
This impressive wine with dark and moody fruit aromas of blackberry and plum and hints of dried spices and pepper.