Mushroom wine pairing?
- pikawicca Sep 15, 2006 10:37 PM
Any good recs for a wine to go with a mushroom pate appetizer?
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...!
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.
Generally pinot is a good match with mushrooms, but some mushroom pate recipes are somewhat citrusy, and would clash with the typical modern pinot.
old chenin blanc, esp. savennieres and vouvray sec. even younger chenin blanc is good. it's what i always serve with shrooms unless it's the dead of winter, in which case it's tough to find good shrooms anyway.
I agree with Pinot also, but make sure it's a concentrated
one and not one that's lighter in color like raspberry Kool-Aid. That won't get to where you need to go.
There's a wine from Umbria that often has the aromatics
of black truffles -- Sagrantino, sometimes called Sagrantino di Montelfalco. The most famous producer is Arnaldo Caprai, but
other producers cost less. I once enjoyed Chianina beef carpaccio with shaved black truffles with this wine, and thought it was one of the best pairings of my life.
Also, Mastrojanni winery near Montalcino makes red wines
that consistently smell of mushrooms -- try the Rosso di Montalcino or if you have $$$, the Brunello from them.
Enjoy your meal, and experiment with the pairing with several wines if you can.