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Mar 16, 2012 09:29 PM

Wine to pair with asparagus velouté?

Patricia Wells's delicious asparagus velouté is a velvety soup that's basically asparagus stems, leeks, and chicken broth, cooked, pureéd, and passed through a foodmill. What wine pairings might be best? On hand I have Vernaccia, Verdejo, or Riesling (Feinherb or Trocken). I could also go with a very lightly oaked Chardonnay. Thoughts? Do I need to make a return trip to the wine store? Thanks!

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  1. The Vernaccia will be fine with that. In fact, asparagus is a common pairing with that wine in Italy.

    1. Would completely avoid Chardonnay not acidic/bright/green enough. You are looking for a acidic/lemony citrus/grassy wine.

      Would also avoid any wine with lots of warm fruit notes, vivid floral notes or vanilla/spicy oakiness.

      Depending on the individual wine, any of these: Vernaccia/Verdejo/Riesling could work. Some Rieslings may have too much tropical fruit/stone fruit/melon/floral notes to really work.
      Don't know enough about Vernaccia or Verdejo to comment more.

      1. Want to insult a winemaker? Tell him his wine would pair well with asparagus.

        That said my go to for obstreperous vegetables is Gruner Veltliner.

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        1. re: jock

          Also Vinho Verde from Portugal. A dry Riesling or Sylvaner was the go to in Germany along the Rhine. Tis the season for weisse Spargel!