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Pairings for NYE - 12/29/2017 11:51:47 AM   
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We're hosting a dinner with a few friends and would like some advice on pairings. Here's our lineup:

Oysters
Seared scallops with carrot puree, apple, browned butter, bacon dust
Duck liver pâté on toasts with spiced apricot-Armagnac compote
Duck confit cassoulet topped with seared duck breast
Cheese course with wine-poached pears and spiced nuts
Sticky toffee pudding with orange caramel, whipped cream and candied kumquats

Mostly wondering what to pair with the cassoulet, leaning big Rhone. If you have thoughts on the other courses, please don't hesitate. We have only just started to get a taste for dessert wines and know next to nothing. We're budgeting a max of around $50 a bottle. Here's my local if you care to give specific suggestions: https://www.chainbridgecellars.com/.

Thanks so much for the help and Happy Holidays!

Mike

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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/29/2017 12:48:18 PM   
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We're hosting a dinner with a few friends and would like some advice on pairings. Here's our lineup:

Oysters 1er Cru Chablis
Seared scallops with carrot puree, apple, browned butter, bacon dust Grand Cru Chablis
Duck liver pâté on toasts with spiced apricot-Armagnac compote Monbazillac
Duck confit cassoulet topped with seared duck breast Corbieres
Cheese course with wine-poached pears and spiced nuts Quarts de Chaume
Sticky toffee pudding with orange caramel, whipped cream and candied kumquats Armagnac

Mostly wondering what to pair with the cassoulet, leaning big Rhone. If you have thoughts on the other courses, please don't hesitate. We have only just started to get a taste for dessert wines and know next to nothing. We're budgeting a max of around $50 a bottle. Here's my local if you care to give specific suggestions: https://www.chainbridgecellars.com/.

Thanks so much for the help and Happy Holidays!

Mike




Great looking menu


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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/29/2017 1:08:14 PM   
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Champagne - for first two
Oysters
Seared scallops with carrot puree, apple, browned butter, bacon dust

A full bottom of Sauternes, use half of it for this course
Duck liver pâté on toasts with spiced apricot-Armagnac compote

Rioja (burgundy is great but not sure about $50)
Duck confit cassoulet topped with seared duck breast

Other half bottle of sauterne for the last two
Cheese course with wine-poached pears and spiced nuts
Sticky toffee pudding with orange caramel, whipped cream and candied kumquats

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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/29/2017 3:16:31 PM   
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NYE is also our wedding anniversary, and we'll have a quiet dinner at home. Roasted rack of lamb with Rioja.

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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/29/2017 6:36:10 PM   
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I'd do Chinon or Saumur with the Cassoulet. Olga Raffualt "les Picasses" is usually low 20's and awesome.

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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/29/2017 7:25:03 PM   
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Veal, and depending on how we do it, either meursault (creme champignons) or a 94 Brunello (sage and prosciutto)

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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/29/2017 9:13:46 PM   
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These are the courses I'll share an opinion on:

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Oysters


Champagne

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Seared scallops with carrot puree, apple, browned butter, bacon dust


Sauvignon Blanc - We have a 2015 Jean Edwards Cellars Dalla Gasperina that works well with dishes like this.

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Duck liver pâté on toasts with spiced apricot-Armagnac compote


Vouvray - I think that cries out for a Demi-Sec or Moelleux Huet Le Haut Lieu or Clos du Bourg. 2002 is drinking excellent; 2005 is very nice right now, and both 2008 and 2009 are fun to drink as they still have that wild young rush of flavors.

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Cheese course with wine-poached pears and spiced nuts


Gotta be Riesling, particularly a nice Spatlese.

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Sticky toffee pudding with orange caramel, whipped cream and candied kumquat


Ooooo, I'd be reaching for a Rivesaltes with that.

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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/31/2017 11:58:33 AM   
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A few bottles of 2009 Delas Frères Condrieu La Galopine to get things going...


Sister-in-Law and her husband are making a nice Boeuf Bourguignon - for this I dug out a couple 1990 Domaine Lucien Boillot et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets

So I'm digging around, and saw this:






Ha! Didn't even know I had any more...





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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/31/2017 12:00:23 PM   
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So I'm digging around, and saw this:




Ha! Didn't even know I had any more...



I ♥️ cellar surprises like that!

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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/31/2017 12:32:34 PM   
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I think few dishes pair as well with big red wines as Cassoulet.

I happen to have a bottle open of the 2015 Domaine Durand Cornas Confidence and it would be a perfect match right now (the wine is in a style that really is best young, I think). It has that rich palate you sometimes get, almost mouth-coating and "thick", just delicious, and would be assertive enough to make a nice pairing.

Your other option is probably along the lines suggested above: a hefty cabernet from Bordeaux, or Napa. But not a light, elegant one...


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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/31/2017 12:33:47 PM   
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Oh, and for the toffee dessert, you might consider spirits. Why not put a nice cognac out, and coffee?

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RE: Pairings for NYE - 12/31/2017 2:03:06 PM   
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MYE absolutely nailed it!

Add a Vouvray to the Cassoulet course if you want a white and a red with your main; if you do that then Ribera maybe instead of Rioja.

And as S1 said very nice menu! Enjoy and happy new year!

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