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Wine Match

the bottle dictates the mealPosted by Vicky Wed, March 21, 2018 20:51:19

Marriages between wine and food are heavily prepared these days. On a weekly basis seven students graduating in “Wine and Gastronomy” test some selected wines on a menu of Coovi’s hotel school in Brussels. This exercise is just one of a few, waiting to be written on different fora. Weeks ago, I asked my students to dare two different wines of the same winemaker and the same variety, with simple and differently tasting food: potato stew, herring salad with granny smith, plain chicken stock, bolognese sauce, rice with crispy vegetables.

The beautifully young Monograph 2016 by Gaia and the monumental Gaia Estate 2014 (both agiorgitiko) were submitted to a separate tasting and to the above mentioned “dishes”.

Quick analysis:








sour cherry

dry sand

warm spices


stew, stock

rice, herring salad

Gaia Estate

black cherry, elderberry


cold rubber, kerosine

pepermint, melting wax

stock, bolognese

rice, herring salad

Both Monograph and Estate possessed strong tannins, but the first one was light, easy drinkable and fresh while the second was weighty, complex and ripe.

The greasy stock lubricated the mouth, giving a rollercoaster experience to the Monograph’s tannins and offering a noble battle to the tannins of the Estate. By tempering the bitter aroma, full entry was granted to the peppermint character of the Estate’s barrel vinification.

The rice with crisp greens on the contrary dehydrated tongue and mouth and became metallic in contact with both red wines. The Estate’s tannins got unbearably strengthened.

These and other findings were discussed when we finished the rest of the bottles. The after-tasting synthesis is indispensable. Best of all conclusions: although the perfect marriage may exist solely by the eye of the witness, details say it all. In this case: a bit a soysauce with the rice or a herring salad without mayonnaise would have turned the conclusion totally upside down.