Wine Pairing Ideas for Chorizo Mussels
I'm making Fennel and Chorizo Mussels and would love to get some ideas from those who might want to share. I have some ideas, but the community seems so knowledgeable, that I couldn't resist asking.
Here's the kicker: I'm looking for a white, a rosé, and a red.
Because of the Spanish chorizo, Spanish wines certainly come to mind. I was thinking for a red a solid Tempranillo or even a Priorat, but with enough acidity to cut through the paprika and butter.
If you have any thoughts about the white wine that I should use to cook the wine in, even better.
I'm hoping for the wines to be under $15, if possible (i know... I know...)
I'm cooking and pouring wine for my friend's birthday gathering this weekend, so any help before then is appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
You should have dozens of great choices in the sub-$15 range to pair with this food. I like the suggestions that everyone has put up thus far.
Sticking with Spain, I suggest albarino for white. Mencia for red (fruity, unoaked, under 13% alcohol to compete with the chorizo heat), and take your pick on the rose. There are so many great value-priced roses in Spain to choose from -- suggest you select an off-dry just for variety.
If you are unfamiliar with these wines, just head to the best wine retailer in town and ask.
First, an amazing value from Portugal, white and red : Bacalhoa Vinhos de Portugal Vinho Regional Terras Do Sado Serras de Azeitão. There's also a rose, but less commonly seen.
An Albariño is always a great choice for a white; I find some Portuguese reds a little flat and soft, though. Rioja rosados are always good value. From nearby SW France, a Minervois or Corbières red or rosé (Fonsainte is excellent) would be fine, too.
For whites, you might try an Albarino from Spain or an Alvarhino from Portugal. Reds--I would also consider Portuguese reds from Alentejo...could even see a French red from the SW, Languedoc-Rousillion...(You won't find many Priorat wines at the price-point you listed.)