Food Pairing

  (Last Update:2019.03.7)

Wine Pairing: Xinomavro x Lamb/Vegetable Gratin

*Top Image by docnic

Before we go any further, the grape is pronounced ‘ksino-mavru’ (roughly). And it happens to be one of the most interesting and exciting of Greece’s native red varieties. At its best, it is often compared to Barolo – there’s that enticing mix of juicy red fruits, floral notes and a savoury character. Also, like Barolo, wines made from Xinomavro are high in acidity and tannins. Making them ideal food wines, though often needing a decanting for a while before drinking.

Today’s Wine Pairing: Xinomavro x Lamb/Vegetable Gratin

The spiritual home of Xinomavro is the Naoussa region in northern Greece, where wines made entirely from this grape have had protected status since the early 1970s. These are serious wines and well worth looking out for. Ours was from Kir Yianni, a great producer specialising in single vineyard expressions of Greek grapes. Their Kali Riza Xinomavro was the perfect entry point to trying this grape.

VINUM-Greece-pairing

We paired it with a baked Mediterranean vegetable and lamb dish, loosely based on a Greek recipe. The acidity was perfect for cutting through the rich lamb and aubergine flavours, while the juicy cherries and berry character lent a lovely fruity lift to a savoury dish.

Pickup post

  1. What grows together goes together
  2. At what temperature should I serve my wi…
  3. To decant, or not to decant…
  4. Basic Pairing Tips (Part 3)
  5. White wine with meat

Related post

  1. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Oaked Chardonnay x Fish Gratin

    So, oaked Chardonnay has something …

  2. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Wine x Charcuterie

    A platter of beautifully cured, spi…

  3. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Champagne x Chocolate

    Strictly speaking, this post is not…

  4. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Banyuls x Dessert/Cheese

    How about a Banyuls with your blue …

  5. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: White Bordeaux Blend x Fish Kebabs

    With the last of the summer sun slo…

  6. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Cerasuolo di Vittoria x Octopus

    As an addendum to our previous post…

Recent post

Archives

  1. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Pacherenc du Vic-Bihl Sec …
  2. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Coteaux du Layon x Pear Ta…
  3. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Alsace Riesling x Tonkatsu…
  4. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Champagne x O-Sechi (Japan…
  5. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Aglianico x Puttanesca
PAGE TOP