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Nov 9, 2011 01:54 PM

Birthday Dinner Wine Pairing Help

Hello – I am preparing a 5 course meal for my sister’s birthday this Saturday. While I am a relatively experienced chef, I am very new to pairing specific wines to multiple courses and am looking for some feedback. From a price perspective, I am looking to keep each bottle below $20. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Below are the courses:

1. Scallop tartar, cucumber, green apple, chive, hackleback roe, ginger oil
2. Sweet potato ravioli, sage cream sauce
3. Red snapper with a Thai cocunut curry sauce, cilantro rice, Chinese broccoli or another green veg
4. Saddle of rabbit stuffed with its dark meat, swiss chard, roasted potatoes, carrots, and brussels, pancetta, gremolata
5. Hazelnut tart

Thanks again!

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  1. 1. Champagne
    2. German Riesling (Halbtrocken)
    3. Marsanne, big California Chardonnay
    4. Cote du Rhone, Hermitage, Red Burgundy, Cru Beaujolais
    5. Irish Coffee

    2 Replies
    1. re: Chinon00

      Thanks Chinon - I was thinking about pairing the Snapper/curry dish with riesling - the sweetness of the riesling offsetting the spiciness of the curry. Thoughts?

      Any other opions? Thanks!

      1. re: winegod

        I think that a Riesling would work w/ the snapper as well. To me it depends on how dominant the sauce is in the dish. If the fish is more lightly dressed the chard or marsanne would have a better shot of working w/ the dish rather than if the curry is more generously offered.