Brunello vs. Ribera
I'm doing a nice dinner party this weekend and I'm serving a beef dish with porcini mushrooms for the main course. I have 2 wines, a 1999 Brunello from Barbi and a very good Ribera Del Duero. Since they are both intense wines, I'm not sure what order to serve them in, or if it matters at all.
Brunello then Ribera? What do you think?
Thanks in advance for your help!
First off, my first choice for your main dish would be a cabernet sauvignon as cab matches both beef and mushrooms so nicely.
But, if it's a choice btw brunello and ribera, either would work but I'd go with the brunello probably. Ribera is a better match with pork and lamb, IMO.
But any rich red wine will probably be fairly good with this dish.
Personally, I serve them at the same time, in two separate glasses. That way the guests can compare both wines AND compare how each wine hits the food.