I know these things get old, but I would appreciate your help with some wine suggestions for this menu. You have to scroll down and click on the adobe attachment. We really don't have a lot of "fancy" restaurants in my town, so this about as good as it gets - people in big cities, please don't laugh.
At any rate, it is our third anniversary and I wanted to bring some nice wines. My wife will probably migrate towards the risotto, tuna or salmon entrees. Anything that may be okay with all three? I would like to bring a white for her, but can't come up with anything. I think I can come up with a red pretty easily, but I needed a white that I thought she might like. Thanks in advance.
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I don't know why anyone would laugh... Obviously I've never been, but that looks like a great menu.

Anyway, do I understand correctly that you want to *bring* a *white* wine that would pair well with all three of those courses? I don't know whatyour budget is, but the first thing I thought of was an Aubert Chardonnay. A Peter Michael would also work... basically a full bodied, intense CA Chardonnay that is yet structured and well made enough to be kept in check by nice acidity. My second choice (and perhaps my first choice if I were going to bring a wine under $60) would be an Alsatian (Tokay) Pinot Gris. My favorites are often those made by Zind-Humbrecht, but many are great... even the basic Dirler Reserve, which is like $22 here, is a very nice wine.

As is almost always the case, Champagne would be a perfect match with any of those dishes.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
I don't know why anyone would laugh... Obviously I've never been, but that looks like a great menu.

Anyway, do I understand correctly that you want to *bring* a *white* wine that would pair well with all three of those courses? I don't know whatyour budget is, but the first thing I thought of was an Aubert Chardonnay. A Peter Michael would also work... basically a full bodied, intense CA Chardonnay that is yet structured and well made enough to be kept in check by nice acidity. My second choice (and perhaps my first choice if I were going to bring a wine under $60) would be an Alsatian (Tokay) Pinot Gris. My favorites are often those made by Zind-Humbrecht, but many are great... even the basic Dirler Reserve, which is like $22 here, is a very nice wine.

As is almost always the case, Champagne would be a perfect match with any of those dishes.


Thank you very much for the suggestions. Yes, you are correct that I want to bring a white. Although their wine prices aren't horrible, corkage is only $10, so I would rather bring something I own. I can do a Cali Chard like that. What do you think about a white Rhone?

In regards to the menu, I was somewhat joking about the selection. I feel like a lot of people on this board eat very well when they dine out, which is great. I just don't have access to anything like the restaurants in the bigger cities. This is one of the best restaurants in our town, in my opinion.
Keeno, congratulations on the anniversary. My wife and I are celebrating our 3rd anniversary on Wednesday so I've been contemplating the same type of questions. My white wine suggestion would be a nice Cali chard or a Rhone. In my experience if I'm bringing it for her, I generally ask my wife what she prefers. We are both big believers in drink what you like.
BTW, the menu at Meridian looks great.
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What do you think about a white Rhone?


I think a white Rhone would work very well with the salmon and with the tuna. I think it would be a fine pairing with the risotto as well, though perhaps not quite as good... I was actually considering adding white Rhone to my list of suggestions, but that is the dish that gave me pause. I think it would be a fine pairing, though. (If you go the white Rhone route, I would probably go with one high in Rousanne/Marsanne such as a white Hermitage or white Beaucastel CdP.)

I also agree with snipes... I would deffinitely ask my wife what she prefers, or bring what you think she would prefer...
snipes: I appreciate the suggestions. Congrats on your anniversary as well. Ours is actually a little later in the month, but we have to do it this weekend due to scheduling conflicts. I am originally from GA, so I know Atlanta well. I still have family in Rome and Marietta. All sorts of good eats in your neck of the woods (as you know). Love to hear where you are going.

winetarelli: Thanks again for the suggestion. You and snipes are probably right about asking, but I was trying to surprise her. She likes Cali chards like the ones you mentioned and, as far as I can tell, any white Rhone. I guess I will float the question out there and see what she says.

Thanks for the suggestions g-man. I especially like the Champagne idea.

Thanks everyone. I guess I will get some feedback from her, based on the narrowed list, and go from there.
I like the idea of a chard as it will pair well with any of the three dishes but I would go for a Burgundian. I just think on special occasions you might want to break out something a little more, well...special. Not 'hatin' on the Cali chards, there are many excellent examples, however, I find that there are some burgundian whites that can be truly trancendental. The 2005 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos is one that I've enjoyed, but I think W+A might have some more suggestions.
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I like the idea of a chard as it will pair well with any of the three dishes but I would go for a Burgundian. I just think on special occasions you might want to break out something a little more, well...special. Not 'hatin' on the Cali chards, there are many excellent examples, however, I find that there are some burgundian whites that can be truly trancendental. The 2005 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos is one that I've enjoyed, but I think W+A might have some more suggestions.


conscious,

I agree with you that Burgundy makes some amazing Chardonnays -- at their best, better than anything CA makes. I also often prefer them in style. My reasoningfor an Aubert-styled CA Chard was one of pairing with the dishes, not a slight against white Burgs.

Keeno, as I said in my initial response, g-man's suggestion of Champagne is, to me, excellent and also deffinitely something to consider if it meets your criteria.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
Keeno, as I said in my initial response, g-man's suggestion of Champagne is, to me, excellent and also deffinitely something to consider if it meets your criteria.


I managed to miss that in your first post. I apologize. It's a great suggestion.

I tried to hint at a wine selection idea to my wife and the first words out of her mouth were "Can we have that Chave wine again?" No way I am opening that, but I will bring a white Rhone. I am leaning towards a Beaucastel CNDP blanc or one of the Vieux Telegraphe whites that I recently picked up. Maybe both and not bring a red. It would be interesting to compare styles with the meals.

Thanks for everyone's help and kind words. I'll post TNs and let you know how dinner goes.

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