Oct 02 2011
Question by Ak23566: Can You Help With Wine Matching?
We are hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner party for eight guests, two of whom are vegetarian. I have developed the following menu:
French Onion Soup
Tian of Smoked Salmon and Avocado
Sauteed Field Mushrooms and Brie En Croute – with Port and Redcurrant Jus
Chocolate Torte and/or Traditional Trifle
Stilton and Home Made Walnut Bread with Grapes
I am confident with the food, but less so with the wines, but my plan is as follows:
Champagne (Vintage Pol Roger) with the Canapes and keep the Champagne flowing through the soup and smoked salmon
Pinot Grigio with the Mushrooms and Brie En Croute – I am less happy with this, I think it is a safe, but dull, choice. Any better suggestions?
Muscat de Beaumes de Venice with the Torte
Finally I have a good bottle of Dows for the Stilton.
What do our resident wine experts think of the wine pairing? I am genuinly happy to take advice and recommendations. Thank you.
Answer by Selina Kyle
i would go for a pinotage with the salmon. its pretty much a red meat; you want something heavier than a champagne. pinotage has great smokiness and tobacco elements that will compliment the flavor of your smoked salmon. Try a gewurtz with your mushrooms and canapes.
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