As we prepare for the holidays, what better time to rethink some of our traditions? Most of us are scaling down the festivities this year, looking forward to a more “normal” season in 2021. While it might not be what we’re used to, Thanksgiving 2020 offers a chance to try new recipes and wine pairings; with fewer critics at the table, we’re free to shake things up a bit and have some (much-needed) fun.
I’ve got a great idea for you!
Why not consider the sweet white wines of Bordeaux?
They’re more food-friendly than you might think, thanks to their high levels of acidity which create exquisite balance on the palate. And wines with a touch of sweetness play nicely with those hard-to-pair dishes like candied yams and cranberry sauce.
Saturday, November 21st, the French Winophiles (led by hosts Jeff of FoodWineClick and Linda of My Full Wine Glass) will convene on Twitter to discuss their favorite pairings with golden Bordeaux wines. Take a look at the line-up of bloggers and topics below; if you’re eager to learn more, please join our chat at 11 am EST. Just follow #Winophiles and make sure to add it to your tweets so we’ll know you’re there!
- Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla: “Surprise! Pairing Spicy and Savory Dishes with Sweet Bordeaux”
- Terri at Our Good Life: “Spicy Hot Tacos and Sweet Bordeaux”
- Martin at ENOFYLZ: “Pairing Sweet Bordeaux with Southern Fare”
- Lauren at The Swirling Dervish: “Golden Bordeaux Meets Savory Pumpkin and Smoked Bacon Tart: a Delicious Thanksgiving Twist!”
- David at Cooking Chat: “Pairings for Sweet Bordeaux Wine”
- Katrina at The Corkscrew Concierge: “Golden Bordeaux Delights in Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole Cuisine”
- Payal at Keep the Peas: “Four Sweet Bordeaux Wines with Four Courses”
- Jane at Always Ravenous: “Golden Sweet Bordeaux Wines: Tasting and Pairings”
- Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm: “Hot Chocolate and Halva Pudding paired with Lion De Tanesse L’Amour”
- Jeff at foodwineclick: “Sweet Bordeaux Meets the Smoke”
- Jill at L’OCCASION : “Sweet Bordeaux Wines Aren’t Just for Dessert”
- Lynn at Savor the Harvest: “Sweet Bordeaux Wines Get Savory Pairings”
- Rupal at Syrah Queen: “Sweet Bordeaux Is A Sweet Delight – Savor These Perfect Food Pairings”
- Pinny at Chinese Food & Wine Pairings: “Sweet Bordeaux Paired with Asian Carbs – Chinese Sticky Rice and Korean Japchae”
- Susannah at avvinare: “Delightful Sweet Wines from Bordeaux”
- Nicole at Somm’s Table: “Château Loupiac Gaudiet with Cinnamon Apple Crème Brûlée”
- Gwendolyn at wine predator: “Successful Pairings of Salty and Savory with Sweet Semi-Dry Bordeaux”
- Jennifer at Vino Travels: “A Look Into the Sweeter Side of Bordeaux Wines”
- Linda at My Full Wine Glass: “Appetizers, entrées and yes, dessert please, with sweet Bordeaux”
Last year I participated in a tasting of golden Bordeaux wines. Sponsored by Snooth and guided by Mary Gorman McAdams, MW, the discussion was eye-opening and entertaining. We were challenged to rethink the sweet white wines of Bordeaux, especially their place on the dinner table. That event piqued my curiosity about savory pairings for these wines and led me to conduct my own “research” on the subject.
In total I came up with five pairings including roast porchetta and a porky pizza; I even recreated a vegetarian dish from one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. The exercise was tons of delicious fun; my post about it even won the Millésima Blog Award for Food and Wine Pairing earlier this year.
I’m going to revisit one of those pairings this Thanksgiving – a savory pumpkin and smoked bacon tart. Gabe and I will be on our own this year, and we’ve decided to order our dinner from a local restaurant rather than cook. But, over the weekend, I’ll be making this scrumptious tart for a leisurely brunch. The recipe is perfect as a main course for four, or as a starter for six. And it’s as easy as it is delicious.
2011 Château Dauphiné Rondillon Loupiac with Savory Pumpkin and Smoked Bacon Tart
April, a contributor to the blog Wine Travel Eats has posted the most tempting recipes; when I saw this one, I knew it would make a fabulous pairing with Golden Bordeaux. To tell the truth, I went hog-wild over the combo: smoky, salty, earthy flavors in the tart found their mates in the Loupiac. And the wine had plenty of acidity, helping to cut the richness of the dish. Get the recipe here.
If you conduct your own savory experiments with Golden Bordeaux, do drop a line in the comments section. I’d love to see what you come up with!
Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving!