The 2010 social media calendar for Boutari wines has been a busy one, with lots of events, accolades, and recommendations from top sommeliers (literally) across the world.
But perhaps the greatest prize came late last year, when a panel of top wine professionals (and we’re talking TOP here folks) and the Dallas Morning News called Boutari 2007 Naoussa it’s “favorite” wine to pair with the “ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.”
It’s comforting to know that the top names in the Texas wine industry are making sure we know what to pair with comfort food! (ha! how’s that for a chiasmus??!!)
Here’s what the panel — Blythe Beck (executive chef, Central 214), George Howald (Serendipity Wine Imports), Courtney Luscher (co-owner, wine director and general manager of the Grape), James Tidwell, (certified wine educator and master sommelier at Café on the Green, the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas in Las Colinas), Jennifer Uygur (co-owner and wine director of Lucia), Cathy Barber (Taste editor), and Tina Danze (freelance writer) — had to say about the wine, which retails for under $12 in the Dallas area:
More savory than fruity, the panel didn’t warm to this pairing until after it had been open for about 30 minutes – and then it became the favorite. “It’s got a nice, dry finish, and the rich fruit is working with the sandwich,” Luscher said. “With all the fat [in the sandwich], you need a wine like this, that’s drier,” Tidwell said. “It’s got oomph, with the tannins and the acid. It’s not for the New-World, fruit-forward- style wine lovers,” he added. Beck liked that the wine “didn’t bully the mustard.”
Click here to read about the other pairings, including some fun ones you might not expect. But, then again, when it comes to grilled cheese sandwiches and wine pairings, we’re talking about enogastronomic history that has yet to be written! Enjoy!
(Special bloggy blog shout-out to Alfonso who brought this to my attention after it failed to appear in our Google alerts. Thanks, Ace!)