I have a question.. When you are serving appetizers.. and you are going to have Cab for a dinner wine with Beef Tenderloin.. what are some good choices of reds to serve with wine/cheese or any other before meal appitizers...? I served Kim Crawford Savugiou Blanc but didn't know what a good red wine choice would be..
- Reply by JenniferT, May 19, 2013.
I think will largely depend on the appetizers and cheeses you choose. If you let us know, I'm sure people here will have some great suggestions for you. That said, some red wines are generally more food friendly than others...I'm still a novice so unfortunately that's about all the advice I can offer you.
- Reply by EMark, May 19, 2013.
YMP, in our household, we look for contrasts. So, if we are having a red meat entree with a robust Cabernet Sauvignon, we are going to have a lighter wine with the apps. I think the Kim Crawford was perfect.
That being said, as often as not, a guest will bring a wine gift over. Invariably, it will be a Merlot. (I don't know what is going on, but we are on something of a streak with people bringing Merlot gifts.) So, I open it along with the Sauvignon Blanc, or Gewurztraminer, or Sparkler or whatever we are starting with. So far, we haven't heard any complaints. :-)
Now, that you know more about me than you ever wanted to know, I would suggest that if you have a Cabernet Sauvignon planned for your entree, and you want a suggestion for a red wine to your guests with your appetizer course, I would say that just about anything except Cabernet Sauvignon would be fine. Again, though, I would look for a lighter red. So, maybe a domestic Pinot Noir or Sangiovese or a Merlot. Somebody else on this board might suggest European versions from those grapes, Burgundy, Chianti. or St. Emilion/Pomerol. I would suggest, also, that you might consult with a wine store clerk. Let him know what kind of appetizer you are considering and listen to his advice. The unfortunate thing, of course, is that his advice is going to be limited to what his store is selling.
In spite of efforts by some to prescribe wine/food matches, YMP, I find that self-experimentation is the best way to learn. Just because I like something does not necessarily make it right or wrong. You are the ultimate arbiter in your tastes. So, please enjoy the experience.