You might be as surprised as I was to learn that it isn’t always the meat that dictates the wine, sometimes it is the sauce or accompaniment.
Harry Hall, the somm at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino has a way with words, and knows his wines as few people I have ever met.
Hall is a man of sage advice, especially when it comes to pairing wine and food, so I was surprised when he suggested pairing a semi sweet rose with shrimp.
Doesn’t that go against everything you have ever been taught? Remember, the world of wine and food is a complex one, and one rule does not always apply.
In this case the shrimp are served as NOLA style barbecue shrimp, so the added spice makes all the difference. This delicious wine balances out the spicy Cajun influence of this dish and, as we have talked about all week, both wine and food rise to the occasion when served together. Interestingly, beer would also be a good pairing for this menu.
If you have never had a somm, or someone well versed on wine and food pairing work their magic for you, when the opportunity presents itself, go for it.
Suggested Menu and Wine Pairing
New Orleans Style BBQ Gulf Shrimp
Blackened Gulf Shrimp, Crostini
Castello Banfi, Rosa Regale, Brachetto d’Acqui, Italy 2015