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White wine pairing for roasted marrow bones?

detritus Dec 31, 2010 08:42 AM

Any suggestions for a white (maybe even a dessert white) to pair with roasted beef marrow bones? They'll be served with toasts and a little parsley/caper/shallot salad.


  1. Delucacheesemonger Jan 9, 2011 09:57 AM

    Anything by Zind-Humbrecht or Inedit by Weinbach , or any VT Alsace would be lovely

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      chefdilettante Jan 9, 2011 07:41 AM

      I presume you're referring to Fergus Henderson's preparation, the one Anthony Bourdain calls his ideal last meal. It is indeed absolutely brilliant. Two considerations for the wine pairing: Marrow is all fat. That's what makes it work so well with the accompanying salad--the acid and salt cuts through the fat and you get a push-pull effect. So the accompanying wine will need to cut through the fat but stand up to another acid and salt. Reds, in my experience, don't play well with the salad. Champagne works perfectly and is the match made in heaven. And you need the heft and acid of champagne or sparkling wine made in this style; ie Cremant de Alsace could work but Prosecco won't.

      1. Chinon00 Dec 31, 2010 10:55 AM

        My first instinct would be a lighter acidic red wine but if I had to go white, considering the capers I would steer clear of any sweetness, and due to the fattiness of the marrow be sure the wine is acidic:
        Brut Champagne
        French Chablis

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          CocoTO Dec 31, 2010 09:53 AM

          How about a Royal Tokaji ... one of the less sweet versions

          btw - Tokaji is a classic with foie gras which is quite fatty - the key is to have a balanced acidity

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