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Snooth User: JimSir

Love wine and bananas

Posted by JimSir, Nov 28, 2009.

I am looking for a fruity wine with banana flavors.


Reply by Laurapal, Nov 28, 2009.

Hello Jimsir!
Beaujolais nouveau is often dominated by fruity, ester flavours of bananas and pear drops and sometimes you can get a whiff of banana in a pinot grigio...
I can see why this might be a priority :)

Reply by zufrieden, Nov 28, 2009.

Perfect. That's just what I was thinking. A regular Beaujolais might also work - though not from one of the better Crus. You could also try off-dry Gewurztraminer, young off-dry Riesling (though not a complex number from one of the best Mosel Weingute and with at least sweetness code 3) and softer, sweeter editions of Argentine Torrontes might also work. In general, fruit goes well with certain sparklings wines as well - including Champagne (strawberries, for example) but bananas are very unusual fruit in terms of flavor, so you would have to experiment. Acidic fruit like apple, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, etc. tend to work better with wine than exotic tropical fruit - at least, in my experience.

Reply by dmcker, Nov 28, 2009.

OK, now we're touching on secret practices of private decadence! ;-)

As a kid, I grew up liking peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Usually with milk. As a college student I discovered they went well with various teas, coffee and even beer, though I started losing the bread part of the sandwich. Soon after I discovered the combination works well for me with wine, too.

Over the years I've enjoyed the peanutbutter-and-banana-as-hors-d'oevres combination with gewurtztraminer, riesling and champagne or other sparklers, as mentioned above. I also like it with still chardonnays, cabernet sauvignons, merlots, grenaches and even zinfandels. Come to think of it I haven't had it much with pinots, or Italian grapes, but I have no reason to think right now that they won't work. Somehow I think oak helps, though.

There, I've now outed myself on a secret vice....

Reply by GregT, Nov 28, 2009.

For Thanksgiving I made a cheesecake.

Rather than the pumpkin cheesecake I had originally considered, I decided on banana/peanut butter. Just finishing it right now. I call it the Homage to Elvis Cheesecake.

I swirl the two fillings in the pan so that with each forkful you're getting all banana, all peanut butter, or a blend. Then I don't worry about the yeast in my wine.

Reply by zufrieden, Nov 28, 2009.

I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches (preferably with alfalfa honey) but to date have never paired it with Gewürztraminer. Would Elvis have enjoyed it paired to his fried version of this delicacy, I wonder? Prepare said snack to the tune of "Blue Christmas"and see...

I confess to preferring the taste of peanuts with beer or cola, but am willing to experiment.

Reply by VegasOenophile, Nov 28, 2009.

I agree on beaujolais nouveau, especially this year's Duboeuf. It has hints of banana. Also, any unoaked chardonnay could contain nuances of banana.

Reply by ChiantiGuy, Nov 28, 2009.

Be it obtained from beaujolias nouveau - or from circus peanuts- in any event, it is not healthy to repress your subconscience need for bananas. For others, like me, it is the difficulty of a good wine pairing with anchovy and peanut butter sandwiches. Any suggestions?

Reply by dmcker, Nov 28, 2009.

Picpoul and other acidic whites work great with anchovies. Can't say I've had peanut butter and anchovy sandwiches, so the jury's still out on how they react with that combination. Worth a try, though, I would think. I do know that the wines I mentioned above work with peanut butter and bermuda onion sanwiches, too... ;-)

You using fresh anchovies, or the salted kind?

Reply by WineGeekJen, Dec 2, 2009.

I used to take peanut butter and banana wraps to work every day until my husband accidentally bought "Italian garlic" wraps by mistake and I didn't notice and made my wrap anyway--I haven't been able to think about wraps of any sort since! But there is a great wine from a small winery up in Ohio (Farinicci) called Paradise Found that has great tropical mango and banana flavors to it, although it is a nice white blend.

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