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Aug 3, 2011 02:46 AM

Wine Pairing for a Ham Dinner

Looking for opinions on what variety of red wine to serve with a lightly smoked country ham. Side dishes will include a potato and Gruyere gratine, and streamed vegetables.

I'm at a loss here.

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  1. My first reaction was Alsace white (i.e. Riesling, Pinot Gris, etc) or a rose'. . If it must be red however I'd choose a Beaujolais (Village) or lighter style Pinot Noir.

    1. I'd go with a Fino Sherry if you wanted something "white" but probably suggest a Rose or a lighter red like a Barbara as a better choice. You could also try a Cotes du Rhone if you liked.

      1. I, too, would go white rather than red. But other red options are Cotes du Rhone or Spanish garnacha.

        1. I like Riesling with ham, ChefDilletante I am.

          1. I like a lighter zinfandel. Nothing with tannin and no over-the-top alcohol monster. Riesling is also good.

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            1. re: SteveTimko

              I too am partial to the lower ABV Zins and prefer spice over the jammy or highly extracted ones. Care to share any of your favorites Steve? TIA