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bacon wrapped dates: Spanish wine pairing

gichoke May 12, 2011 01:41 PM

I am attending a Spanish wine tasting dinner party and I want to make bacon wrapped dates. Not sure how I should go here...a crisp red or white wine? Any grapes or specific bottle suggestions?

  1. wineguy7 May 12, 2011 06:07 PM

    I'd pair a Cava with those babies.

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    1. re: wineguy7
      Bill Hunt May 12, 2011 08:26 PM

      That sounds like a good match.

      I can come up with plenty of "bacon-focused" wines, and some good "date wines," but combined (however tasty those dudes are), there are just potential problems.

      I would also think that an Oloroso Sherry might work well, but bubbles are generally so food-friendly, that I'd start there.

      It will be interesting to see what others come up with. Think that I will soon learn something new here.


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      Brad Ballinger May 13, 2011 04:12 PM

      Last time I had devils on horseback, I paired them with Champagne. So I also support the cava recommendation.

      1. maria lorraine May 13, 2011 05:09 PM

        I think I'd do a palo cortado sherry like Sibarita or a verdelho Madeira.

        1. georgempavlov May 16, 2011 10:24 AM

          Trust me on this, I swear--go find a bottle of old-school white Rioja, preferably the "Gravonia" from R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia. It's not what you would call "crisp," but the pairing will sing. I'm not so sure about the Cava pairing--the sweetness of the date will probably make the Cava taste sour unless it has some serious (more than 15-20 g/l) residual sugar.

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            gichoke May 16, 2011 10:37 AM

            Thank you all for your help! I ended up going with a bottle of German Gilabert Cava, but the rosee variety (forget the name). It was about 15 for the bottle and was perfect with the first course.

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              whiner May 16, 2011 02:17 PM

              A sparkler... and stuff those dates with a (preferably sheep's milk) moderately intense semi-soft blue cheese.

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