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JeremyEG Apr 13, 2007 10:40 PM

HI everyone,
I'm doing a spring dinner with pea soup and maybe sunchokes and a salad and I'm looking forward to serving some crisp whies. I want to serve a glazed ham though and I'm not sure what to pair with it. Should I stick with white or is there a red that I could serve so I can mix it up again? Thanks in advance for your help. Looking to spend $20 or less per bottle for this dinner. Jeremy

  1. carswell Apr 14, 2007 08:20 AM

    If you want to stick with whites, go for a not-bone-dry Riesling (Germans especially) or, if the ham is studded with cloves, Gewurztraminer. Rosés can also hold their own. Reds are trickier; look for fruit, low tannins and high acidity (Gamay Noir, for example).

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      dinwiddie Apr 15, 2007 06:53 AM

      For whites, go for a Gewurtztraminer or a nice Sauvignon Blanc or even better a good Fino Sherry, but if you want a red, I'd suggest something light, a Beaujolis, Pinot Noir from Oregon (CA PNs would be too much) or a Rioja.

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        Chicago Mike Apr 17, 2007 01:19 AM

        Riesling is your best bet.

        To optimize things, serve a cheese platter also with some appropriate cheeses: Colby, Gouda, and especially Emmental are delicious with riesling.

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          RCC Apr 17, 2007 07:04 AM

          Riesling. But, I prefer the ones from Alsace.

          1. Carrie 218 Apr 17, 2007 07:13 AM

            Be careful on all these Riesling recommendations -- if you get a sweet one (an Auslese versus a Spatslese), you are going to be fighting sweet with sweet.

            Consider a Gruner Veltliner which will give you the depth and character that will stand up to the dishes you mentioned.

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            1. re: Carrie 218
              vanillagorilla Apr 17, 2007 01:23 PM

              Just because a wine says that it is auslese or spatslese, doesn't mean that it will be sweeter. There are dry spatsleses and sweet kabinets. It's better to ask than to just guess.

            2. ibstatguy Apr 17, 2007 08:14 PM

              with the ham, how about Champagne - rose or blanc de noir. this might be off the mark as glazed ham doesn't show up on my table. heck, how about a nice belgian ale?

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                chickstein Apr 17, 2007 08:17 PM

                My vote is for Pinot Blanc.

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                  JeremyEG Apr 17, 2007 08:30 PM

                  Thanks everyone. We ended up doing an Pinot Blanc. It was good. Not amazing or anything but very good. I also had chilled a Muscat Blanc from Navarro (delicious if you haven't tried it) to serve with cheese. I had a glass with the ham and it was sweet but wonderful.

                  Thanks again for your help.
                  p.s. Champagne is a great idea with Ham!

                  1. re: JeremyEG
                    ibstatguy Apr 18, 2007 03:04 PM

                    I'd be shocked if you didn't like a wine from Navarro; give their pinot and gewurz a try sometime. very fairly priced as well

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                      JeremyEG Apr 18, 2007 08:00 PM

                      I just bought a bottle of their 2004 Zin. Have you tried it? I've heard good things. Nice to meet another Navarro fan. : ) We love everything of theirs we've tasted thus far.

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                        ibstatguy Apr 18, 2007 09:25 PM

                        must confess that I did not know that they "do" a zin; I have never been disappointed with any of their wines

                2. Bill Hunt Apr 17, 2007 10:09 PM

                  Depending on the amount of carmalization, that the glaze receives, I find that many CA (and WA/OR) Pinot Noirs have undertones of carmalized sugars, especially Santa Rita Foothills, and Columbia R. Also, some Syrahs offer this aspect, such as a nice Côte-Rôtie. Now, if the glaze is not toasted onto the ham, ignore my suggestions and go lighter, maybe a BJ, or white.

                  It might be difficult to get these <US$20, but a few $'s shouldn't be a deal breaker.

                  [EDIT] Oops, I scrolled down, and see that I missed the boat. Glad the PB worked out for you.

                  Hunt

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