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Aug 13, 2010 05:02 AM

Side veg/Salad to go with Kunde Estate Reserve Chardonnay?

I'm having a Kunde Estate Reserve Chardonnay with either scallops or halibut on Saturday. Thinking of starting with cold cucumber soup (not sure if there are specific spices to avoid? sometimes I do it with light curry, sometimes with just garlic and shallot and yogurt...). But I'm looking for an easy side dish that will compliment the wine (or a salad).

I saw earlier posts recommending AGAINST much garlic, so will keep that in mind for the scallops. And one person's post made me think perhaps I should serve the scallops/halibut over mashed potatoes rather than over pasta, as I was planning.

Any ideas?

Many thanks!

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  1. Tip 1: Relax. It's just a meal. No need to worry much about it. As CA chard isn't an especially good food wine to begin with (lower acid, oaky), not much you do will effect that.

    Tip 2: Stay away from too much garlic and asparagus in general. Other than that, you'll be fine.

    1. I've had Chard similar to the Kunde served with caramelized scallops (three big ones) placed on top of a mound of roasted garlic mashed potatoes with a chive beurre blanc pool at the bottom. An unforgettable dish. A caterer first prepared it, and now whenever I have a butterball Chard on hand, I think of this pairing.