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  1. #1
    Zeppo Guest

    Default Help with pairing

    I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano, pine
    nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your opinions.

    Thanks,
    Jon



  2. #2
    Ken Blake Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing

    On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:24:44 -0400, "Zeppo" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    > little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano, pine
    > nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    > thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your opinions.




    Those sound to me like things with which I'd greatly prefer a white,
    but we all have different tastes in these things.

    --
    Ken Blake
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  3. #3
    Ronin Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing

    On 2009-09-25 18:24:44 -0700, "Zeppo" <[email protected]> said:

    > I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    > little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano, pine
    > nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    > thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your opinions.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Jon


    I'd go for a light pinot noir.


  4. #4
    AyTee Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing

    On Sep 25, 6:24*pm, "Zeppo" <zepp...@hotmail.org> wrote:
    > I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    > little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano, pine
    > nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    > thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your opinions.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Jon


    Like Ronin, I thought of pinot noir. But what kind of dressing on the
    salad? That would be a significant factor influencing the choice of
    wine, I think.

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    st.helier Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing


    "Ken Blake" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:24:44 -0400, "Zeppo" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    >> little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano,
    >> pine
    >> nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    >> thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your
    >> opinions.

    >
    >
    >
    > Those sound to me like things with which I'd greatly prefer a white,
    > but we all have different tastes in these things.
    >



    Jon, I am with Ken here.

    The orzo salad, feta et al screams of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to me!!!

    And I am trying desperately NOT to show my parochial bias here!!!!

    st.helier


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    Mike Tommasi Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing

    st.helier wrote:
    >
    > "Ken Blake" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:fk1rb555e8dink1sj[email protected]..
    >> On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:24:44 -0400, "Zeppo" <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    >>> little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta,
    >>> oregano, pine
    >>> nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    >>> thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your
    >>> opinions.

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Those sound to me like things with which I'd greatly prefer a white,
    >> but we all have different tastes in these things.
    >>

    >
    >
    > Jon, I am with Ken here.
    >
    > The orzo salad, feta et al screams of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to me!!!
    >
    > And I am trying desperately NOT to show my parochial bias here!!!!


    Sounds right. What is orzo, is it a barley salad you guys are discussing?

    --
    Mike Tommasi - Six Fours, France
    email link http://www.tommasi.org/mymail

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    Anders TÝrneskog Guest

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    "Zeppo" <[email protected]> skrev i melding
    news:[email protected]..
    > I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    > little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano,
    > pine nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I
    > was thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your
    > opinions.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Jon

    German Riesling of course, a dry Mosel for the salad, a lightly sweet Rhine
    for the hummus.

    But why not a good dark rosť - a Cerasuolo type from Italy?

    Anders



  8. #8
    Ken Blake Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing

    On Sat, 26 Sep 2009 09:51:51 +0200, Mike Tommasi <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > st.helier wrote:
    > >
    > > "Ken Blake" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]..
    > >> On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:24:44 -0400, "Zeppo" <[email protected]>
    > >> wrote:
    > >>
    > >>> I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    > >>> little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta,
    > >>> oregano, pine
    > >>> nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    > >>> thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your
    > >>> opinions.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Those sound to me like things with which I'd greatly prefer a white,
    > >> but we all have different tastes in these things.
    > >>

    > >
    > >
    > > Jon, I am with Ken here.
    > >
    > > The orzo salad, feta et al screams of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to me!!!
    > >
    > > And I am trying desperately NOT to show my parochial bias here!!!!

    >
    > Sounds right. What is orzo, is it a barley salad you guys are discussing?



    "Orzo" of course means "barley" in Italian, but in the USA, orzo is a
    kind of very small pasta, shaped like a grain of barley or rice.

    Does it not exist in Italy? I don't remember ever seeing it on any of
    my many trips there.

    --
    Ken Blake
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  9. #9
    Ken Blake Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing

    On Sat, 26 Sep 2009 19:33:30 +1200, "st.helier"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > "Ken Blake" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:24:44 -0400, "Zeppo" <[email protected]>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > >> I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    > >> little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano,
    > >> pine
    > >> nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    > >> thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your
    > >> opinions.

    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > Those sound to me like things with which I'd greatly prefer a white,
    > > but we all have different tastes in these things.
    > >

    >
    >
    > Jon, I am with Ken here.
    >
    > The orzo salad, feta et al screams of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to me!!!
    >
    > And I am trying desperately NOT to show my parochial bias here!!!!




    It may be parochial bias from you, but not from me. Marlborough
    Sauvignon Blanc sounds great to me too.

    --
    Ken Blake
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup

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    Zeppo Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing



    "Mike Tommasi" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > st.helier wrote:
    >>
    >> "Ken Blake" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:24:44 -0400, "Zeppo" <[email protected]>
    >>> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    >>>> little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano,
    >>>> pine
    >>>> nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I
    >>>> was
    >>>> thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your
    >>>> opinions.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Those sound to me like things with which I'd greatly prefer a white,
    >>> but we all have different tastes in these things.
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> Jon, I am with Ken here.
    >>
    >> The orzo salad, feta et al screams of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to
    >> me!!!
    >>
    >> And I am trying desperately NOT to show my parochial bias here!!!!

    >
    > Sounds right. What is orzo, is it a barley salad you guys are discussing?
    >

    Mike,
    Orzo are a small rugby ball shaped pasta. I do have a Kim Crawford SB I
    could instead.

    Jon



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    Zeppo Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing



    "AyTee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > On Sep 25, 6:24 pm, "Zeppo" <zepp...@hotmail.org> wrote:
    >> I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    >> little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano,
    >> pine
    >> nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    >> thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your
    >> opinions.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Jon

    >
    > Like Ronin, I thought of pinot noir. But what kind of dressing on the
    > salad? That would be a significant factor influencing the choice of
    > wine, I think.


    The dressing is olive oil, white vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and oregano.

    Jon



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    Zeppo Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing



    "Anders TÝrneskog" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:4abde421$0$30648$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Zeppo" <[email protected]> skrev i melding
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    >> little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano,
    >> pine nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I
    >> was thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your
    >> opinions.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Jon

    > German Riesling of course, a dry Mosel for the salad, a lightly sweet
    > Rhine for the hummus.
    >
    > But why not a good dark rosť - a Cerasuolo type from Italy?
    >
    > Anders


    Hmmm, I did just pick up a few bottles of an Argentinean Malbec rosť I
    really liked. It's a 2007 Alta Vista Mendoza.
    I've already pulled a 2006 Herman Weimer semi-dry Riesling for the hummus.
    Jon



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    Joseph Coulter Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing

    On Sat, 26 Sep 2009 19:33:30 +1200, "st.helier"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Ken Blake" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]. .
    >> On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:24:44 -0400, "Zeppo" <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    >>> little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano,
    >>> pine
    >>> nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    >>> thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your
    >>> opinions.

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Those sound to me like things with which I'd greatly prefer a white,
    >> but we all have different tastes in these things.
    >>

    >
    >
    >Jon, I am with Ken here.
    >
    >The orzo salad, feta et al screams of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to me!!!
    >
    >And I am trying desperately NOT to show my parochial bias here!!!!
    >
    >st.helier

    Definitely, By the way Your wife wasn't in Brisbane on the 9th of
    September by any chance. Beverly and I both swore that we saw her on
    the Queen Street Shopping Mall.

    Joseph Coulter
    Joseph Coulter Cruises and Vacations
    www.josephcoulter.com

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    Ed Rasimus Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing

    On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 20:54:43 -0700, Ronin <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On 2009-09-25 18:24:44 -0700, "Zeppo" <[email protected]> said:
    >
    >> I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    >> little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano, pine
    >> nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    >> thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your opinions.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Jon

    >
    >I'd go for a light pinot noir.


    I thought of PN as well, although the smoked paprika gets me toward
    the darker side of the PN spectrum.

    The sangiovese handles the oregano, bell pepper stuff--seems like
    classic Italian fare, and if you wanted white think Italian white as
    well.

    OTOH, if orzo salad is cold as well as hummus (room temp?) then maybe
    a light flowery chenin blanc?

    Lots of notes going on in that simple picnic fare.
    Ed Rasimus
    Fighter Pilot (USAF-Ret)
    www.thundertales.blogspot.com
    www.thunderchief.org

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    Mike Tommasi Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing

    Ed Rasimus wrote:
    > On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 20:54:43 -0700, Ronin <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> On 2009-09-25 18:24:44 -0700, "Zeppo" <[email protected]> said:
    >>
    >>> I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    >>> little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano, pine
    >>> nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I was
    >>> thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your opinions.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Jon

    >> I'd go for a light pinot noir.

    >
    > I thought of PN as well, although the smoked paprika gets me toward
    > the darker side of the PN spectrum.
    >
    > The sangiovese handles the oregano, bell pepper stuff--seems like
    > classic Italian fare, and if you wanted white think Italian white as
    > well.
    >
    > OTOH, if orzo salad is cold as well as hummus (room temp?) then maybe
    > a light flowery chenin blanc?


    If the dressing has lemon in it, I would agree yes


    --
    Mike Tommasi - Six Fours, France
    email link http://www.tommasi.org/mymail

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    santiago Guest

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    "Zeppo" <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use
    > a little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta,
    > oregano, pine nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with
    > smoked paprika. I was thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but
    > wanted some of your opinions.



    For the salad, I would serve a young AlbariŮo. For the hummus with smoked
    paprika, a Kabinett riesling with some residual sugar (but not too much)
    would be ok with the spicy notes of Smoked Paprika and the chickpeas
    flavor.

    s.

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    santiago Guest

    Default Re: Help with pairing

    "Zeppo" <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:
    >
    > Hmmm, I did just pick up a few bottles of an Argentinean Malbec rosť I
    > really liked. It's a 2007 Alta Vista Mendoza.
    > I've already pulled a 2006 Herman Weimer semi-dry Riesling for the
    > hummus. Jon


    I think you would do well with that choice, as it was my previous
    suggestion (mental note: read the full thread before replying).

    s.

  18. #18
    Zeppo Guest

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    "Zeppo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I'm making a few dishes for our local AWS annual picnic and could use a
    > little pairing advice. I am preparing an orzo salad with feta, oregano,
    > pine nuts and bell peppers. I'm also making hummus with smoked paprika. I
    > was thinking a nice Sangiovese might go well, but wanted some of your
    > opinions.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Jon



    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

    I went with the Herman Weimer semi-dry Riesling for the Humus, which worked
    wonderfully, and the Alta Vista Malbec Rose which did not work so well.
    However I tried matching to the other wines that folks brought to sample and
    really didn't find a great match among the 25 other wines available. Of
    course, my taste buds were probably shot after the fifth or sixth wine
    anyway.

    All in all a fine event. Some excellent food and some very nice wines and
    some great company.

    Jon





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