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Sep 15, 2006 10:37 PM

Mushroom wine pairing?

Any good recs for a wine to go with a mushroom pate appetizer?

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  1. What else is in the mushroom pate? Lots of cream and butter? any other strong flavors?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      shiitake mushrooms, butter, onion, brandy, dry white wine, bagged spinach (YIKES!!!), tarragon, garlic, cream cheese, eggs, toasted walnuts.

    2. Pinot Noir. Pinot... maybe some Pinot.

      Did I mention Pinot?

      1. RL is correct, more details required. Like:
        Enoki? Shiitake? Porcini? Some people include "truffles" in their definition of "mushrooms" (which, by the way, is absolutely correct). Are you asking which wines go with truffles? Don't get me started, pleeease...!

        1. Couldn't agree more about the Pinot. If it's a bit heaftier of a dish, or if truffles are involved I might go with Nebbiolo.

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          1. re: nagrom

            My most memorable happy marriage experience of truffles & wine happend at the now defunct Lucas Carton in Paris, where Alain Senderens paired white truffles from Alba served on plain polenta with a 1995 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne. A mind & soul boggling, exhilarating experience.

            1. re: RicRios

              A mushroom pate would presumably include black truffles, totally different flavor.

          2. Generally pinot is a good match with mushrooms, but some mushroom pate recipes are somewhat citrusy, and would clash with the typical modern pinot.