Wine Pairing For Dinner Party
I am having a catered dinner party for 10 this weekend and I would like some recommendations for wines to serve with dinner. The meal will begin with a butternut squash soup with roasted pistachios followed by a salad with a salmon cake. The main course will be a choice of short ribs or chicken marsala served with wild rice pilaf and roasted root vegetables. Dessert will be a flourless chocolate cake and fresh fruit. The guests are strangers to me, it is a fund raiser, so the food won't be to exotic and the wines should be on the "safe" side. I was thinking of a sauvignon blanc for the first 2 courses, probably a Kim Crawford, and maybe a chianti with the short ribs and chicken. I would usually serve a pinot noir as my safe red but I think it wouldn't hold up to the short ribs. Suggestions?
You want two different wines? I would do a sparkler for the first two courses. Lini makes a terrific white Lambrusco for $17 that would work really well. I might consider a Southern Rhone for the main course, assuming that you are braising the short ribs. The chicken wouldn't be a horrible pairing, but the sprakler could also be served there. A Pinot also would work well (again, assuming you are braising the short ribs). A larger-styled barrique-aged Barbera would work well, too.
I first had Butternut Squash Soup at a winery with a beautiful Pinot Noir.
I was stunned by the two together. Ever since then, even though I've tried
the soup with other wines, nothing else, for me, comes close to the loveliness
of PN with it.
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I'd do a Savennieres with the salmon cake and salad.
Any lovely robust red with the short ribs. Zin, Cabernet, Brunello, etc.
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Nice match for short ribs?
Flouless chocolate cake: 20-year tawny, especialy if the "flour" is ground almonds or hazelnuts. Or, Malmsey Madeira, but I'd serve dried friut with that.
My first instinct was also a zin with the short ribs, but we will be only serving 1 red and I felt the zin would be overpowering for the people who will be having the chicken marsala. Also since I don't know these people, I find a zinfindel to be very polarizing, either love it or hate it. It's what I would have, but not what I would serve.
No wine is going to go with chicken marsala so pick one to go with the short ribs. I'd go syrah.
The Kim Crawford sauv blanc may be too zingy for your first two courses. Playing it "safe," consider a chardonnay that isn't overly oaky. Go New Zealand chard insteas of New Zealand Sauv Blanc.
Moscato d'Asti for dessert.