What's the best wine for Rack of Lamb?

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Originally posted by muzikman:
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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Originally posted by Board-O:

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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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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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?


Garnacha Blanc would be my only choice

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