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Wine Pairing for Shrimp in Pesto Cream Sauce?

Minneapolis Mark Nov 8, 2009 02:03 PM

Later this month I'm going to be serving a dish of large shrimp that have simmered in a pesto cream sauce, which will be served over brown rice cooked with pancetta, fennel, & leek. I'm wondering what you may suggest for a wine to accompany? I'd like to offer both red and white -- maybe something no more than $25 each? Thanks much!

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    RicRios RE: Minneapolis Mark Nov 8, 2009 03:41 PM

    Shrimp w/pesto is a panzer division marching in.
    I'd only confront it with the peace & love approach.
    Say pinot grigio, even prosecco on the white front, leave the reds out of the picture.

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      mengathon RE: Minneapolis Mark Nov 8, 2009 04:47 PM

      A quality Vermentino di Gallura from Sardinia or a falanghina from Campania for white I think is best. Bubbles always work. Rose would go pretty well. Red? I'd probably stay away as well.

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        ibstatguy RE: mengathon Nov 9, 2009 02:45 PM

        I'll second the bubbles

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          maria lorraine RE: ibstatguy Nov 9, 2009 09:55 PM

          I'll third Rose bubbles both here and below.
          So maybe that's a fifth. Dunno.

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        bulavinaka RE: Minneapolis Mark Nov 8, 2009 04:48 PM

        Viogner or sparkling rose.

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          carswell RE: bulavinaka Nov 8, 2009 09:48 PM

          Ditto both these suggestions.

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          whiner RE: Minneapolis Mark Nov 9, 2009 12:41 AM

          White: Alsatian Pinot Gris (AVOID Italian Pinot Grigio) or Gewurztraminer, Trentino Alto Adige Gewurztraminer, or Austrian Riesling.

          Red: Cru Beaujolais, but white is a better option.

          1. Pixelle RE: Minneapolis Mark Nov 9, 2009 10:01 PM

            I'd avoid any aromatic or fruity wine woth pesto: the strong pesto sauce taste won't allow you to comletely enjoy the delicate fruity notes of most aromatic wines.
            I'd suggest you a Pigato (a dry, firm white wine from Liguria, the same Italian region where Pesto comes from), a Poully fumè (a dry, mild acid France Wine) or a good Barrique Chardonnay wine.

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              Minneapolis Mark RE: Minneapolis Mark Dec 12, 2009 07:38 PM

              Thanks all -- I totally enjoyed the "peace & love approach"! Thanks for all the suggestions!

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                mpls3467 RE: Minneapolis Mark Dec 13, 2009 08:27 AM


                I also make a shrimp pesto and have have 2 suggestions:
                Ferrari Carrano Chardonnay
                La Crema Chardonnay

                Let us know how things turned out.

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