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Pairing with glazed ham?

sunshine842 Dec 20, 2012 10:47 AM

Hi all -- ordering a brine-cured ham for the Christmas day meal, and I'll bake it with the usual maple- or molasses-based spicy glaze (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, maybe some mustard, but not sure yet)

I'm thinking something a little lighter -- beaujolais, pinot noir, perhaps a non-oaked Touraine.

We prefer bolder reds; our guests stay to the sweeter side -- is there a happy medium out there?

Am I on track, or should I head a different directino?

eta: sides will be green beans with bacon, maple-glazed carrots and parsnips, and a potato gratin (sour cream, cheddar cheese)

  1. ChefJune Dec 20, 2012 01:04 PM

    I might serve a rose sparkling wine with that ham. It's actually a good match, and so festive.

    Some of the lighter Beaujolais go well with ham. Be sure to lightly chill it.

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    1. re: ChefJune
      sunshine842 Dec 20, 2012 01:51 PM

      Hmm...you sparked a thought that hadn't even entered my mind yet...Cidre might be a good pairing, too -- and Ecusson brought out a pink one that's really drinkable.

    2. t
      TombstoneShadow Dec 20, 2012 01:49 PM

      Riesling is good with ham in general, and especially given the spices and glazing (it matches every one of them including the mustard) that would be my first choice here... kabinett or spatlese feels about right.

      ...for my palate it's going to taste better than any of those reds.

      1. sunshine842 Dec 20, 2012 01:54 PM

        (and just for the record, I *did* do a search, but didn't see the "wine pairing with a ham dinner" that's recommended at the bottom of this page...AND I replied to it!) Ack.

        thanks, all -- I'll have to think on the riesling -- we typically favor reds, so I wasn't even really considering whites.

        1. t
          TombstoneShadow Dec 20, 2012 02:13 PM

          Shine one thing you can do to amp up this meal is to serve a cheese alongside that compliments whatever final wine(s) you are serving.

          Emmental is an etheral match with riesling...

          If you go with a pinot, chevre and havarti are great matches there...

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          1. re: TombstoneShadow
            sunshine842 Dec 20, 2012 02:19 PM

            our guests are bringing the cheese plate -- so we'll choose something to drink with that after they arrive.

            It will, no doubt, be a great selection of cheeses, and Im not worried at all about wine for that.

          2. c
            collioure Dec 20, 2012 02:57 PM

            I'm in the whites for this one - Riesling or Gewurz.

            1. g
              goldangl95 Dec 20, 2012 03:51 PM

              I agree with the riesling recs - goes well with pork with sweeter/spicier elements.

              If you do want a red, a balanced new world pinot can work or a fruity light red like Labrusco or wines from Jura (when dishes get very sweet it turns all reds bitter - so you risk that happening).

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