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When I go into the Wine Matching section on this site, I get 23 different wines.

Now what's the real story? Who's got a perfect match?
 
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I don’t know that I would say “perfect”, but I enjoy Syrah with any lamb. I prefer the old-world Syrahs from Northern Rhone. Also, CdP and Gigondas are good matches. I have also enjoyed Grenache with lamb – again, done in the old-world style.

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23 sounds about right. Lamb is served in many countries worldwide and the wine of choice is typically a regionally made wine. Having said that my top three favorite pairings are:

1. Syrah (Northern Rhone, Aussie or U.S.)
2. Bordeaux
3. Barolo


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That's because there are at least 23 different ways to cook it.


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"perfect Match" is a myth to keep people watching "experts" on TV.

Why not open a bottle of Syrah, Cabernet, and a Rhone blend and try them all and have your guests vote on thier favorite match?


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I prefer Bordeaux nowdays.
 
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Tempranillo is wonderful - Rioja
Southern Rhone (Syrah)
Pinot Noir - Latour
 
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Another vote for Rioja!



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Southern Rhone (Syrah)

Most of the unblended, or lightly blended, Syrah in the Rhone will be Northern, not Southern. In the North you get Hermitage, Cote Rotie, and Crozes-Hermitage. With the Cote Roties you will get Syrah blended with a small amount of Viognier but this is primarily for aromatics and a bit of added complexity. CdP, CdR, CdV, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras are all from Southern Rhone and will be more heavily blended, with Grenache being the primary grape. What Southern Rhone Syrah do you like? Sorry for the thread drift.


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Almost any red wine will pair well with lamb. My preference is for Syrah or Zin or some of the more tannic varietals.


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I tend to lean to Rhone wines, my preference being CDP. New world syrah and tempranillo are also great matches.
 
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Almost any red wine will pair well with lamb..


Bingo! Lamb is one of the most red wine-friendly of all meats.

About the only way you could have a bad match would be if you had some sort of unusual preparation, involving, say, marinating it in lemon or smothering it with chopped artichokes (which would detract from the flavour of the lamb as much as it would make a wine match a lot more difficult).

Personally, I like the wilder gamey/iodine-y flavours of some Northern Rhône Syrahs as a complement to the gaminess of lamb, but I can't think of a red varietal that I wouldn't enjoy with a nice rack.

'Cept maybe Pinotage. Smile


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One more - Rosenblum Monte Russo Zin 2004 Reserve. An absolute killer wine that will pair perfectly with lamb! Smile

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Thanks for the suggestions. We're having 14 for dinner on the 27th, and I'm going to put out 1999 St. Henry's Shiraz from Australia and 1999 La Bernardine CpD.
 
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If there's any spiciness in your rub or marinade then a rich Aussie grenache would match well too.


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OK, here's a more challenging question:

Some of my guests are die hard white wine drinkers. What's the closest match I can find there?

I'm not too fond of over oaked Chardonnays, which is my first instinct. Any suggestions?
 
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try a Pouilly Fuisse (Latour)
 
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Originally posted by StarV100:
OK, here's a more challenging question:

Some of my guests are die hard white wine drinkers. What's the closest match I can find there?

I'm not too fond of over oaked Chardonnays, which is my first instinct. Any suggestions?


I'd go with that first instinct. If you have to have white with roasted lamb, the more full-bodied and strongly flavoured, the better, IMHO.


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Cool Any mint sauce with your lamb?
 
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OK, here's a more challenging question:

Some of my guests are die hard white wine drinkers. What's the closest match I can find there?

I'm not too fond of over oaked Chardonnays, which is my first instinct. Any suggestions?


Garnacha Blanc would be my only choice


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Rioja 1st, Syrah 2nd.


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1st choice - syrah
2nd choice - cab / bordeaux
3rd choice - Cali Pinot
 
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One of my favorite wines is Quinto do Passadouro 2000, this wine has it all. Full bodied, rich, deep dark fruit flavors and does not cost a crap load. I will not give up the Importer for sake of being called a spammer.
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CdP
 
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Rhone


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