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May 12, 2011 01:41 PM

bacon wrapped dates: Spanish wine pairing

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?

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  1. I'd pair a Cava with those babies.

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    1. re: wineguy7

      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.


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

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

        1. 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.

          1. 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.