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Seafood & Wine Pairings

Posted by rafferty, Dec 25, 2012.

Hi folks. Going to a friends for dinner next Friday. He's cooking up a nice Seafood Newburg. I'm bringing the wine. I reckon a full bodied Chardonnay or possibly a Viognier. Antone have any suggestions?

 

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Reply by EMark, Dec 25, 2012.

I think the tough part of this equation is the "Newberg" component--rich, creamy, cheesy.  In terms of considering a white wine I agree that "full bodied" is what your looking for.  I think a big, buttery California Chardonnay--the kind everybody loves to hate--would work well.   

I make no bones about the fact that I am a red wine bigot.  I would also consider a Chianti or a U.S. Pinot Noir (with a very slight chill on either one) to cut through the palate coating fat from the Newberg sauce.

Your dinner sounds great Rafferty.  Please come back afterwards to tell us what you decided and how it worked.

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Reply by rafferty, Dec 29, 2012.

Hi

As I am visiting from Ireland, I wasn't quite sure where to go with this one. I went to the local wine store and browsed the shelves. As I would not be familiar with all your home-grown wines on offer, I decided to have a good look at the Chardonnays. 

I eventually settled on a J. Lohr Estates Arroyo Seco Riverstone Chardonnay 2010. It turned out to be quite a decent accompaniment to the Seafood Newburg. Our host seemed pleased, so I came away happy. As my friend is of German lineage and likes to sip a Riesling, I brought along a bottle of Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2011. I know its more of a summertime wine but he really did enjoy it!

Anyway thanks for you help. Its very much appreciated.

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Reply by EMark, Dec 30, 2012.

Sounds like you had a great evening, Rafferty.  It sounds like the Lohr worked out well, for you.  Also, there is never a bad time to enjoy a Riesling.

Happy New Year.

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Reply by rafferty, Dec 30, 2012.

Thanks EMARK and many Happy Returns. Next on the list for New Years Eve is a rich Seafood Lasagna. I think maybe a Pinot Gris or a Chablis.

Have a good one!

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Reply by EMark, Dec 31, 2012.

Boy that sounds good, too.  It is almost the 11th hour, but if you want to try something a bit off the map see if you can find a Gavi.  I think that works well with Italian seafood dishes.

We're having roasted chicken tonight.  Bubbly will be Cava.  White wine drinkers will be offered Chardonnay.  Red wine drinkers will be offered Pinot Noir.

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Reply by rafferty, Dec 31, 2012.

Thanks. Sounds like we're both in for a good time. Will let you know how I got on. Have a good one.

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Reply by jtryka, Dec 31, 2012.

I love seafood newburg, but I am not a fan of white wines, so I would have gone with a grenache (Spanish, French or local!), or in a pinch a nice southern Rhone, or even a Languedoc, as I think the wines of Southern France just work so well with seafood and rich, creamy dishes, glad it worked out for you though!


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