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Food and wine pairing question

by JC (NC) » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:40 pm

I plan to make moussaka tomorrow or Saturday (ground beef, eggplant, bechamel sauce, etc.) I have some wines that may be nearing the end of their drinkability and want to open one of them. What would be the best pairing do you think? Valpolicella Ripasso, a Malbec rose' from Mendoza or a red Cote de Nuits Villages?
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by John Treder » Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:27 am

I'd go for the Valpolicella, but YMMV.
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by JC (NC) » Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:53 am

Thanks. It is the most Mediterranean so maybe that is the best choice.
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by Brian Gilp » Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:17 am

I immediately thought the rose because of the spices in some versions.
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by Jenise » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:32 am

If it's a cold day, drink the ripasso. If it's warm, go with the rose. Both should work very well.
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by Thomas » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:02 am

Jenise wrote:If it's a cold day, drink the ripasso. If it's warm, go with the rose. Both should work very well.


I agree with Jenise about either wine pairing, except for the part about the weather.

If you drink white wine on cold days, why not rose on cold days? It was cool--not cold--here last night. The rose we had with our dinner was perfect--for the dinner.
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by JC (NC) » Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:38 pm

Thanks, all.
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by Jenise » Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:31 am

Thomas wrote:
I agree with Jenise about either wine pairing, except for the part about the weather.

If you drink white wine on cold days, why not rose on cold days? It was cool--not cold--here last night. The rose we had with our dinner was perfect--for the dinner.


I too drink white and rose somewhat regardless of the weather, Thomas. But then I'm half a couple, and sharing a bottle has no baggage. We generally finish any bottle we open the same night. But as a single person possibly drinking alone and needing to spread a bottle over several days, Jane might have other considerations of which impending weather could be influential; hence my championing both options.
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by Thomas » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:44 am

Jenise wrote:
Thomas wrote:
I agree with Jenise about either wine pairing, except for the part about the weather.

If you drink white wine on cold days, why not rose on cold days? It was cool--not cold--here last night. The rose we had with our dinner was perfect--for the dinner.


I too drink white and rose somewhat regardless of the weather, Thomas. But then I'm half a couple, and sharing a bottle has no baggage. We generally finish any bottle we open the same night. But as a single person possibly drinking alone and needing to spread a bottle over several days, Jane might have other considerations of which impending weather could be influential; hence my championing both options.


I see, but knowing Jane, I'm certain she owns a refrigerator :lol:
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by Rahsaan » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:48 am

Jenise wrote:I too drink white and rose somewhat regardless of the weather...


Yes, and as I've said before, the weather outside is not always the weather inside!

During hot summer days, some indoor temperatures will be icy cold because of AC. And during cold winter days, some indoor temperatures will be boiling hot because of heat. And then in some houses, during cold winter days it is too cold for the red wine to stay at a drinkable temperature.

What a crazy mixed up world we live in!
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by Thomas » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:03 am

Rahsaan wrote:And then in some houses, during cold winter days it is too cold for the red wine to stay at a drinkable temperature.


You just described my house!

It's Port or Madeira all winter...hail alcohol.
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Re: Food and wine pairing question

by Sam Platt » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:08 am

Our drinking habits change very little by season. We seem to drink more Rhones and CdP in the winter but other than that it's steady as she goes.
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