I am serving a roasted leg of lamb with a Middle Eastern beef stuffing as the main course for Christmas dinner. I have read that a nice Bordeaux is the thing to serve with this meal; however, when going through my wine to pull out the appropriate Bordeaux, I noticed the several bottles of Croatian wine that I bought in 2009 while vacationing there. It got me thinking that perhaps they might taste good with a roasted leg of lamb given the relative proximity to the Middle East and the Mediterranean influence in coastal Croatian cuisine. Am I off base? I have both red and white from Croatia--typing out the names on the bottles would just about do me in so I am not going to list them here.
In my neck of the wood, Dobra Zemlja in Plymouth was founded by a Croatian
family. They pride themselves in making "the biggest Amadors" i.e., extremely
robust wines (particularly Zins). I favor a more restrained style, but their wines
are quite popular. The whole family gets an A+ in terms of friendliness and
Yes, a Croatian wine would match well to the dish. It's probably the case that you were in Southern Croatian when you bought the red? If so, then it's likely a Plavac Mali based wine and is very food friendly, especially with lamb. If it's a Teran from up in Istria, probably not as much given that that is a heartier wine. It would help to know the winery and the year though as some makers are putting out bottles that are far too oaky for anything these days.