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Good Wine Pairings for Chicken Marbella

CindyJ Nov 27, 2010 08:41 AM

I'm going to be serving Chicken Marbella at a Hanukkah gathering next week. I'm never sure what kind of wine to use for cooking, and, given the various seasonings, I'm even less sure about what wine to serve with it, so I'm looking for some recommendations. For this dish, chicken parts are marinated overnight in a mixture of garlic, oregano, red wine vinegar, green olives and capers. The chicken is sprinkled with brown sugar and baked in a pan into which white wine and prunes have been added. Can anyone help me with a wine pairing? Thanks!

  1. penthouse pup Nov 27, 2010 09:52 AM

    I would suggest something white and off-dry: Hungarian Furmint, Alsation Gewurtzraminer, German Reisling QBA from Loosen, sparkling Vouvray...maybe an Albarino from Spain...

    1. carswell Nov 27, 2010 10:18 AM

      My preference is to go light on the sugar and serve a fruity, highish acid, lowish tannin red. For example, some Grenaches from Spain and southern France (including Côtes du Rhône).

      A few years ago, someone posted a similar query and, wonder of wonders, reported back after the dinner. As I recall, a Riesling with a healthy dose of residual sugar ended up being his/her preferred pairing.

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      1. re: carswell
        carswell Nov 27, 2010 10:21 AM

        Here you go.

        The earlier query: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/369796

        The report: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/372796

      2. w
        whiner Nov 27, 2010 11:53 PM

        I'd go Alsatian Gewurztraminer or German Riesling Spatlese. For red, I'd go Grenache -- either Spanish or Southern Rhone.

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