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Question:

Is it acceptable to use a burgundy glass for a syrah?

Thanks!
Moss

Answer:

Moss:

Great question. Selecting correct wine stemware, like selecting the correct wine for a meal, is a matter of preference. Although glass manufacturer Riedel would disagree with me, I personally like to use a burgundy glass when serving Syrah wines. The reason is that the burgundy glass has a wider bowl, which allows for better aeration of the bolder flavors in Syrah.

The typical Syrah glassware is more similar to a Bordeaux glass, with a slightly smaller opening at the top of the glass. The smaller opening at the top of the glass helps to focus the more delicate flavors and nuance of a wine. Since Syrah wines tends to be more aromatic and bolder in flavors, I find that it is actually best to serve it in the burgundy stemware.

A fun experiment that you can try is to be blindfolded, then have someone serve you the same syrah in two different glassware, and you decide which glassware helps to best showcase the syrah.

So in short, it is most definitely acceptable to serve a syrah in a burgundy glass.

Thank you for your question,

Christine



Question:


I'm having a dinner party in a few weeks.  My menu is:

Stuffed Endive - Goat cheese, orange, honey walnuts, balsamic/honey recuction

Soup - Mushroom and leek with Thyme cream

Venison - Braised with cherries

Creme Brulee - Ginger and Vanilla

Ideally, I would like one wine to suit both the endive and the soup, as well as one wine to serve with the venison.  I have a Quebec ice cider I plan to serve with the creme brulee.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Thank you.
Jesica

Answer:

Jessica:

Your menu is absolutely mouth-watering and scrumptious! Sounds like your dinner guests will be in for quite a treat.

Stuffed Endive - Goat cheese, orange, honey walnuts, balsamic/honey reduction

The suggested pairing for the Stuffed Endive would be a off-dry(semi-sweet) sparkling wine. Either a Prosecco (an Italian sparkling wine) or a Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) would both complement the sweetness in the balsamic/honey reduction and add contrast to the richness of the goat cheese. Plus, the sweetness from the sparklers will balance out the bitterness from the endives, walnuts and goat cheese. The added bonus would be that you can find a good quality Cava or Prosecco for under ten

Soup - Mushroom and leek with Thyme cream

Venison - Braised with cherries

Since a  Pinot Noir has good acidity and is lighter than most reds, this would work great to cut through the creamy opulence of the soup; as well as, highlighting the cherry nuance in the braised cherry venison. If you and your guest would prefer a more full-bodied wine, another great option would be an Italian Barbara. The typical taste of a well-made Barbara is young and cherry-fresh, some may have a bit of spice and a sour-cherry twist taste. Normally, a  Barbara is more round and lush than a Pinot Noir; and, less plump than a Merlot.

I hope these pairing suggestions are helpful for your upcoming dinner party. Feel free to email me should you have any other questions. Would love to hear the results from  your dinner party.

Kind Regards,

Christine