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

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: todeinotaton

      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.

      1. re: bubbles4me

        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. 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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      1. re: mcel215

        http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...

        1. re: todeinotaton

          thanks..

      2. 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.