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Snooth User: evelyniko

around the world in 3 courses

Posted by evelyniko, Oct 18, 2009.

Hi. In my attempts to find wines to match my courses, I stumbled upon this site.

I am doing a 3-course dinner in January and I need help in 2 of the courses, especially the dessert course.

I think I have my first course wine pretty much covered. I will be greeting my guests with Kir Royales made with Freixenet Brut and have decided to use it in my first course (sans cassis) of mixed greens with pomegranate, toasted walnuts and breaded and fried camembert.

My next course is Thai-inspired but I'm going to keep the spicing down to the milder end of the scale, without comprimising the integrity of the curry. It is a chicken curry in coconut milk made with red curry paste, served over a very fragrant rice pilaf using more of the red curry paste and some raisins. Initially, I was thinking of switching over to a beer for this course, but I would like to keep it to a wine and googled and came up with Riesling or suitable wines due to their higher sugar content. Think I'm pretty well good to go there in that I know the type of wine, but I'd appreciate a winery/specific label.

The last course is killing me. It's a walnut tart served with walnut (or vanilla) ice cream and a dribble of salted caramel sauce. This is what I consider my North American contribution to the 'Around the World' theme - more specifically, Canada. And that's how I found this site, in my stumbling attempts to google Ice Wine retailers in Greece. Still haven't found any.

I could carry over the Riesling from the second course, or I could buy the local VinSanto (I'm in Greece) or Samos dessert wine, but I really would like to get a Canadian Ice Wine. Any suggestions of which wine and, more importantly, is there a way to find a retailer in Athens, Greece?

Thanks. :-)


Reply by Gonzalita, Oct 18, 2009.

What a lovely menu!
Just a spontaneous thought, how about German Eiswein? Could it be found in Athens?

Reply by evelyniko, Oct 19, 2009.

Hi Gonzalita. I'm pretty sure I'd have better luck finding German Eiswein here, as compared to Canadian. I'm hitting a major shop today, so I'll be sure to have a look. I didn't even know the Germans made an Eiswein, so I'm glad I'm here. :-)

Reply by evelyniko, Oct 19, 2009.

Well, I went to 4 different 'cavas' (where we buy our wine and liquor in Greece) and none had German Eiswein, so nix that. What I ended up doing, and hopefully I'll hear from you and get some advice is buy 2 different kind of freixenet sparkling. I will be using the Brut for the Kir Royales and the first course, and the demi-sec for the 2nd course and dessert. Do you think that would be OK?

Reply by Gonzalita, Oct 19, 2009.

What a pity they didn't have it! Anyhow, I'm sooo not an expert but it sounds like you made good choices regarding the Freixenet. Good luck and it would be nice to know how it all turned out!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 19, 2009.

That sounds like a great solution. Demi-sec sparkling wine doesn't get enough attention, especially with food. It can a wonderfully versatile solution to tricky wine pairings.

Looking forward to hearing how yours turns out.

Reply by evelyniko, Oct 20, 2009.

I really appreciate the thumbs up. I'm testing the curry tomorrow with the demi-sec bubbly and I picked up a bottle of (greek) Chardonnay, as per a friend's suggestion. Will try both and let you know. :-)

Reply by Gonzalita, Oct 20, 2009.

Greek Chardonnay sounds very intriguing, do let us know!

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