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Latke wines

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 at 11:08 am in Uncategorized.

Happy Hanukkah! Time to shred potatoes and fry up some latkes with massive dollops of sour cream and homemade applesauce. The perfect pairing to this traditional holiday fare is sparkling wine. Here’s why:

Bubbly’s vibrant fruit flavors complement the applesauce, while it’s acidic punch and effervescence cut the crisp, fattiness of the fried potato and the dairy-laden sour cream, or, even more decadent, creme fraiche. Yum. I’m super glad I’m Jewish.

Anyway, as an added bonus, if you go with Champagne, its bread-like flavors will bring out those similar nuances in the crunchy coating on the outside of latkes.

If you’re switching up your applesauce to include berries or switch to a mango chutney, step up the bubbly to a sparkling rose. It’s gorgeous strawberry and cranberry fruit will dance with the dipping sauce.

Here are three sparklings ideal for latkes. You pick your price:

Nicolas Feuillate Brut Champagne ($42). Apple, pear and other stone fruits mingle with croissant goodness from the original land of bubbles. Added bonus: It’s kosher.

Mirabelle Brut Rose ($24). Young yet elegant with strawberry, watermelon and guava flavors. This is Schramsberg’s value-tier sparkling. Can’t go wrong.

Gruet Brut ($13.50): Crisp and full-bodied with aromas of grapefruit and a complex, toasty finish. This New Mexico sparkling is a steal and shows what can be done outside of California.


Happy noshing and swirling!

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