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Open That Bottle Night - need help!

Posted by LRAinSAT, Feb 28, 2009.


I'm Laurie, brand new to the site as of today, OTBN 2009. I recieved a request about a week ago, from one of my oldest and dearest friends, to drink a bottle of wine for her this evening, in particular, a Bardolino. You see, she was a med tech when we were in the USAF together, and suffered a needle jab which left her with Hep C, and she is no longer able to drink alcohol. So, I went out and (after three tries/three stores) found a bottle of 2007 Rizzardi Chiaretto Classico Bardolino.

My question is on pairing...I have been craving a spinach salad all day, which I make with baby spinach, red onion, bacon, hard cooked egg, and a dressing made with mayo, sugar and red wine vinegar, in equal parts. Am I in for a bad pairing?

Thanks for any rapid response - I'm starving! :)



Reply by Philip James, Mar 2, 2009.

Laurie - hey sorry no one got back to you sooner, but I think that would have paired just fine. Bardolino is a lighter red wine, good acidity, sometimes even served with a little cooler than most reds. The dressing has vinegar in it, so the acidity in the food and the wine could play off each other.

How did it go?

Reply by LRAinSAT, Mar 2, 2009.

Thanks for the reply! :) Even though it came late, I just forged ahead with my salad, and it wasn't a horrible pairing, although the red onion and red wine vinegar tended to overpower the Bardolino. However, that could have been the fact that this particular Bardolino seemed rather weak overall - apparently people in this neck of the woods (San Antonio, TX) aren't big into Italian wines other than the real reds. I even bought it from Joe Saglimbeni's, and he's a New York Italian...and they only had one option for the Bardolino...

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