They can quickly expand the palate by bringing a wide range of styles, prices and pairing options to the table.Sauternes and sweet Bordeaux wine - Spruce Eats
This month our French #Winophiles a group of wine and food bloggers collaborate with Sweet Bordeaux US, a group of wineries from a sub-region of Bordeaux that produce a variety of sweet wines. We explored food and wine pairings beyond the last course, these delicious wines.
It was not my first experience with sweet Bordeaux wines. My first wine exposure was through Snooth Media's Go Golden Bordeaux campaign a few years ago. It was such a great experience that I was inspired to write "It's time to go beyond the last dish with sweet Bordeaux wines"
Disclosure: These wines were provided to me in the form of media samples. I have not received any compensation for this post and all opinions presented are my own.
The Bordeaux sweet wine region is located south of the city of Bordeaux. There, shaped by old forces, a chance combination of cool morning soils and fog and hot, dry afternoons along the banks of the Garonne, the beneficial fungus Botrytis (aka "noble rot") grows in clusters of sémillon, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle. . Noble rot is an alchemy that occurs inside each berry concentrating and dramatically increasing the flavors, sugars and acids in the grapes.
The result? Sweet Bordeaux!
While the most famous wines are intensely sweet, the wines are made in a variety of styles depending on the combination of overripe grapes and botrytised grapes used to make the wines. Classified wines "Soft" are semi-dry or moderately sweet. Classified wines "Sweet" are intensely sweet.
Wines and pairings
I tasted four wines - two Sweet Wines and two Sweet Wines and paired them with Southern dishes.
When I first received these samples, the first dish that came to mind was Shrimp Étouffée, a classic Creole stew made with shrimp, the Holy Trinity of onion, celery and green pepper. and a simple redhead. Etouffée is a French word which means "stifled" or "suffocated". It has been years since I did so, so I decided to give it a try. This wine was a wonderful partner for my dish!
Tasting note: Very pale gold color with aromas of passion fruit, lime zest, golden apple, apricot with a hint of yellow flowers. On the palate, it is medium bodied and off-dry with crisp acidity. It shows flavors of passion fruit, ripe peach, apricot, golden apple and lime with a medium finish. Blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris planted on clay-limestone soils in Entre-Deux-Mers. Sweet wine 11% abv | SRP ~ $ 18 We particularly enjoyed this wine as an aperitif. I think it would be a party (remember those) or until then, an outdoor gathering of your pod!
Chicken and waffle fans here? It's typically a brunch for me, but inspired by my friend Michelle Williams from Rockin Red Blog, we paired this wine with take out chicken and waffles. Whoa! She was right, they are a great couple. The sweetness of the wines is a wonderful counterpoint to the spiciness of the fried chicken and the acidity of the wine crosses the buttery and maple goodness of the waffle!
Tasting note: Pale gold color with aromas of ripe stone and tropical fruits with hints of lemon zest and white flowers. On the palate, it is medium bodied and off-dry with crisp acidity and a supple texture. It shows flavors of ripe peach, apricot, pineapple, lychee and honey with a hint of spice. Medium finish. Blend of 85% Muscadelle and 15% Sauvignon Blanc grown on silty, clayey and gravelly hillsides. Sweet wine. 12.5% abv|PRICE - $ 16
This wine was wonderful paired with a classic southern dessert of sweet potato pies.
Tasting note: Deep gold color with aromatic aromas of ripe peach, apricot, guava, mandarin marmalade and mushroom. On the palate it is full bodied with vibrant acidity and flavors of ripe yellow peach, apricot, tangerine marmalade and guava beautifully accented with appealing salty and mineral notes with a long clean finish. Blend of 90% Semillon; 5% sauvignon blanc; and 5% Muscadelle cultivated in chalky clay with limestone subsoil. Sweet wine. 13% abv | SRP - $ 30 | 500 ml. Fantastic value here!
While researching the versatility of sweet Bordeaux wines, I came across some recommendations for using wines in cocktails. Since I had a bottle of Amara Amaro from Arancia Rossa (my favorite Amaro), I decided to create a cocktail. Inspired by the Aperol Spritz, I mixed (approx) 2 oz of Château du Cros Loupiac, 1 oz of Amara, filled a glass with ice and covered it with Fever-Tree Tonic water. My wife and I loved it. There is a beautiful interplay between the sweetness of Louipiac and the slightly bitter herbaceous notes of Amaro and the tonic water brightens it and adds to its freshness. I call him Amareaux and Tonic!
We paired this wine with another classic Southern dessert - Peach Cobbler. Another fabulous wedding!
Tasting note: Brilliant medium gold color with an exuberant marmalade of ripe peach, apricot and tangerine. On the palate it is full bodied with a supple texture and vibrant acidity with flavors of ripe peach, apricot, honey and citrus jam and a long finish. Blend 95% Sémillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc from 50 years of vines cultivated on clay-limestone soil with a basement of fossilized oysters. Sweet wine. 13% abv | SRP - $ 34
The wines and the pairings were a success in our house! Sweet Bordeaux wines have definitely inspired me to try saltier pairings, serve the wines as an aperitif and maybe even as a cocktail or three!
For more information, including many pairing ideas and recipes, check out the Sweet Bordeaux website.
If you are looking for me some great pairing ideas for sweet Bordeaux wines, be sure to Find out what my #Winophiles colleagues discovered while exploring these wines! And if you get up early enough, join our Twitter chat on Saturday, 11/21 at 8am PT / 11am ET. Just follow the hashtag #Winophiles.
- Camilla at Culinary adventures with Camilla: “Surprise! Accompany spicy and savory dishes with sweet Bordeaux »
- Terri at Our beautiful life: "Spicy tacos and sweet Bordeaux"
- Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog: "Accompany sweet Bordeaux with the southern price"
- Lauren atThe Whirling Dervish: "Golden Bordeaux meets savory pumpkin and smoked bacon pie: a delicious Thanksgiving touch!"
- David at Kitchen cat: "Pairings for sweet Bordeaux wine"
- Katrina atThe corkscrew concierge: "Golden Delights of Bordeaux in Cajun and Louisiana Creole Cuisine"
- Payal to Keep the peas: "Four sweet Bordeaux wines with four dishes"
- Jane at Always ravenous: "Sweet Dorés Bordeaux wines: Tasting and pairing"
- Wendy atA day in the life on the farm: "Hot chocolate and Halva pudding associated with Lion De Tanesse L'Amour"
- Jeff at foodwineclick: "Sweet Bordeaux meets smoke"
- Jill at THE OPPORTUNITY : "Sweet Bordeaux wines are not just for dessert"
- Lynn at Savor the harvest: "Sweet Bordeaux wines go well together"
- Rupal to Queen Syrah: "Sweet Bordeaux is a sweet delight - Savor these perfect food pairings"
- Robin at Chronicles of the crushed grape : "Sweet Bordeaux wines and accords from opposite sides of the globe"
- Pinny at Chinese food and wine pairings: "Sweet Bordeaux associated with Asian carbohydrates - Chinese sticky rice and Korean japchae"
- Susannah at avvinare: "Delicious sweet wines of Bordeaux"
- Nicole at Somm table: "Château Loupiac Gaudiet with Apple Cinnamon Crème Brûlée"
- Gwendolyn at wine predator: "Successful pairings between salty and salty and sweet semi-dry Bordeaux"
- Jennifer at Vino trips: "A look at the sweeter side of Bordeaux wines"
- Linda at My full wine glass: "Starters, starters and yes, dessert please, with sweet Bordeaux"
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Clean and sterilise all equipment. Here’s a selection of Sterilisers you can use and if you not quite sure which steriliser to go for then you can take a look at our Beginners Wine Making Part 1 - Cleaning, Sterlising
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It is important to clean
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