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Pumpkin Saffron Risotto paired with...? [LAST MINUTE ADVICE NEEDED]

todeinotaton Jan 25, 2009 05:50 AM

Making a pumpkin saffron risotto for some friends who are coming over for dinner tonight. It's a casual dinner and this will be the main course, served with a warm and lemony brussel sprout "slaw" alongside. Thinking of pairing this with a really oaky, buttery chardonnay. Any other suggestions? Price range: under $30/bottle.

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    todeinotaton RE: todeinotaton Jan 25, 2009 06:25 AM

    Someone on another website's board suggests Ca’ del Bosco Franciacorta Satèn 1998 to go with butternut squash risotto, but it's like $65 a bottle. Can anyone who knows this wine recommend something similar but cheaper?

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      bubbles4me RE: todeinotaton Jan 25, 2009 06:50 AM

      The oak in a really oaky wine will not only kill the sweetness in the pumpkin, (not really sweet but that upfront sweetness) it will go all bitter. I would go with either a Vouvray, (look for Francois Chidaine or Champalou...try and make sure it is a drier one, (Sec)) or an Albarino like the 2007 Sete Cepas which has some nice weight for Albarino. Another option would be a nice Pinot Gris from Alsace or Oregon.

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        todeinotaton RE: bubbles4me Jan 25, 2009 09:59 AM

        thanks! I am normally a red wine drinker so all of these whites are unfamiliar to me. but i'm excited to try one of them out tonight.

    2. mcel215 RE: todeinotaton Jan 25, 2009 06:54 AM

      Sorry can't help you with your pairing, but am interested in your risotto recipe. Any links?

      Thanks and your dinner sounds amazing, good luck.

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        todeinotaton RE: mcel215 Jan 25, 2009 08:21 AM


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          mcel215 RE: todeinotaton Jan 25, 2009 08:52 AM


      2. maria lorraine RE: todeinotaton Jan 25, 2009 10:39 AM

        Pinot Noir or Barbera.

        Pinot Noir pairs especially well with butternut squash or pumpkin preparations;
        Barbera has lovely citrusy-pomegranate notes that dovetail with saffron very nicely.

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