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jambalaya pairing?

Dan G Sep 25, 2010 09:25 PM

Making a 'barley jambalaya' (here's the ingredient list: red pepper, onion, celery, garlic, andouille sausage, quick cook barley, diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, parsley, thyme, bay leaf).

What would go with it? I don't have a clue where to start, but thinking red (maybe a zin? or rioja?)

Please don't be too specific, just varietal, maybe style...recommending specific labels I can't get won't help...


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    seattleviking Sep 28, 2010 01:24 PM

    For red I think a primitivo would work well with that dish. Medium bodied but the ones I've had have been lower alcohol than Zin.

    For a white i think a verdejo would be great. Similar to sauv. blanc.

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      Dan G Sep 27, 2010 11:14 AM

      It wasn't a very spicy dish (will work on that next time...this was a first experiment) and the andouille was a beef version and the barley a more earthy flavour than rice so I wanted to do red. Ended up with a garnacha from Calatayud (Atteca), worked well. Maybe not ideal but enjoyable enough.

      1. ChefJune Sep 27, 2010 09:02 AM

        The spicier your food, the lower the alcohol level is a agood rule of thumb. Personally, I choose off-dry whites for spicy food. Some, lower alcohol pinot noirs may also work.

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          Brad Ballinger Sep 27, 2010 08:15 AM

          If it must be wine, I'd go lighter-style red that doesn't have that high of an ABV percent. I think you'll find many California Zins and Syrahs to have more alcohol than would work with a spicy dish. You can also offer an off-dry white wine (German or domestic riesling for example).

          1. penthouse pup Sep 26, 2010 06:36 AM

            Depends on how spicy the andouille will be...Whites: riesling, maybe gewurtrzraminer (that's a real matter of personal preference as to taste), albarino, off-dry vouvray, good quality vinho verde, prosecco, off-dry chenin blanc...Reds: beaujolais, young rioja, portuguese reds from Alantejo, gamay from Touraine...

            If you go for California, the lighter style of zin, maybe, or "field blends" that combine zin, syrah, etc...

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            1. re: penthouse pup
              Willem Oct 1, 2010 03:15 PM

              I second this! I like the albarino and especially vinho verde suggestions...maybe not a heavenly match but certainly worth living long time on earth! off dry chenin blanc will be so nice. The reds will be nice on a just not warm enough evening...

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