By LaGayle ~ January 19th, 2010.
As I reflect on meals that I have enjoyed in the past, baked ham has always been a favorite. It is a popular holiday or special occasion menu item and is usually one that many people enjoy. As I think about ham menus, I am reminded of the menu my mother-in-law used many times for our holiday meals. We were served ham, green beans, a macaroni/tomato side dish which John and his sisters affectionately called “noodle goop,” and a layered gelatin and cream cheese salad. While this combination was always enjoyed by everyone, I thought I would alter the menu a little and experiment to determine what wines would work best with it.
For this challenging wine pairing meal, my menu included mixed greens with raspberries, spiral baked ham, corn on the cob (a favorite of my 2 year old granddaughter), and baked creamed spinach. Once again, I referred to my favorite reference book, What to Drink with What You Eat, to select my wines for the meal. After reading their recommendations, I decided to try a Beaujolais Cru and a Riesling. As in some of our previous challenges, I thought it would be fun to see if a red or a white wine paired better with the ham.
The two wines that I selected were the 2008 Dominique Piron Morgon Cote du Py Cru du Beaujolais and the 2008 Efeste Evergreen Riesling. We enjoyed both wines; however, the overwhelming favorite and the unanimous choice of what paired best with the meal was the Riesling. The crispness and floral flavors of the Efeste Evergreen Riesling were exceptional and married well with the sweet and savory flavors of the food.
2008 Efeste Evergreen Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington): Pale, straw yellow with green tinges. Gorgeous nose with aromas of peach, honey, and flowers. Flavors of peach, pear, apricot, and lemon tart. Dry, light to medium-bodied, and crisp with a long finish. Well-balanced.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $14.99; Available elsewhere, $16 to $17
2008 Dominique Piron Morgon Cote du Py Cru du Beaujolais (Morgon, Beaujolais, France): Grape: Gamay. Ruby red and aromatic. Strawberry, boysenberry, earth, leather, and faint feed lot aromas lead to red fruit flavors, particularly cherry. Medium-bodied and lively with soft tannins and a long, smooth finish.
Quality: 3 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 1 bang for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Esquin Wine Merchants (Seattle, Washington), $22.99
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