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Oct 14, 2008 04:05 AM

urgent wine advice needed!

i am cooking a dinner party on thursday night ( here in london) and need 3 wines for each course.

pumpkin soup
monkfish with sundried tomatoes and parma ham
apple and blackberry crumble

the budget is 10-20 a bottle


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  1. I'll help you with the main course: Try a Silvaner from Germany from 2006 or 2007. It will match your food quite well. I am guessing that Oddbins will have something like that from a reputable winemaker like Horst Sauer.

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    1. re: girobike

      I think a Vouvray with the soup would be lovely.

    2. The 2007 Von Hovel rieslings are supposed to be excellent across the spectrum. Wine Searcher turns some up in Stevenage. don't know how close that is to you.
      That would match with the first two.
      Wine Searcher also turns up the 2004 Roty Marsannay Rose at H&H Bancroft Wine and Corney & Barrow, but requires a minimum case order. I don't know if you can buy individual bottles. It's a delicate wine and I think it would be a good match for the main course.

      2004 Domaine Joseph Roty Marsannay Rosé - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Marsannay (5/11/2008
      )Interesting wine. Darker than the Gavoty rose but this was lighter bodied and more delicate. No strong fruit flavors like most rose. Some soft, understated strawberry flavors but also rose petals. This is so delicate it almost seemed overpowered by the food at times. Best finish of any rose I've ever tasted. I had one of these a year ago but it's evolved a lot since then. Other than the delicacy, there's nothing that says pinot noir, though. It will be interesting to try one of these again in a year.

      AG Wines and Lea & Sandman have Tempier Rose and that should be killer.
      Just about any Bandol Rose should be good, although I see Domaine Ott is grossly overpriced even in the UK.

      1. A Moscato d'Asti will go well with the crumble, and fits nicely within your budget.