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post #21586 of 25857
Not that my opinion matters any but I will go on the record as saying I like the concept of pairings and I like them particularly well if it's just Mrs. Piob. I like them because I hope to find new combinations of wine and food through the knowledge of the chef and somm. I like them even more when it's just the two of us as I can taste far more different wines than if we just had a bottle or two of our own. Now, the execution does not always live up to my ideal and I'm not always in the mood to have my courses interrupted by five minutes of the somm's patter about the wine.

This is not to say pairings are a must or that I always do pairings when available. It can get rather over wrought and I think for the same price it is usually possible to get a really good bottle of wine vs. several glasses of different mediocre wines. Also, I'm sure the somm often uses pairings to merch stuff he/she has had in the cellar.

Started to ramble. TL;DNR: don't toss the baby out with the bath water.
post #21587 of 25857
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

If it makes it any better, I hate beer pairings more.

Solidarity brother. Solidarity.
post #21588 of 25857
i love a well-curated juice pairing though. /sarcasm
post #21589 of 25857
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I can taste far more different wines than if we just had a bottle or two of our own.

this, IMO, is one of the good things that can come out of wine pairings. I've tasted some really interesting wines this way, and the best example that comes to mind was from The Fat Duck. Really well done.

on the other hand, pairings go from like "champs, then a riesling from Germany (an Auslese!), then a Meursault, then a California Syrah, then a Sauternes" are kind of meh to me. I'd rather pour over the wine list and pick a better Meursault and a better Syrah than on their tasting list.





... also, the idea of beer pairings to accompnay a tasting menu is awful. Same with cocktails.
post #21590 of 25857
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I like them because I hope to find new combinations of wine and food through the knowledge of the chef and somm.

I'll lean on the somm a lot as well, especailly if it's a place known to have great staff and a great list. But even then, I'm not looking for a magical pairing, I just need guidance on whichever wine they think will show the best.
post #21591 of 25857
the thing with standard pairings -- i tend to be pretty much a stick-in-the-mud when it comes to home wines ... i buy from teh same set of producers year-in and year-out. so getting pairings with a place with even just a decent list usually winds up introducing me to something i haven't had before, in a setting where it's best appreciated (with food rather than a standup-sip-and-spit).
post #21592 of 25857
Lemon tart.

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Lemon tart.
wow, talk about a modernist concept!
post #21594 of 25857
Always learn new stuff on this thread. Never would think chicken and vegetables when I hear "lemon tart".
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Always learn new stuff on this thread. Never would think chicken and vegetables when I hear "lemon tart".
brown is for farmer.
post #21596 of 25857
Sweetbread cornets

Potato/truffle terrine

John Dory with ginger and tarragon butter

Berkswell, Cornish Yarg, Ardrahan, Stilton
post #21597 of 25857
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Originally Posted by foodguy View Post

i'll go along to a certain extent. but a really good somm can put together pairings that really sing pretty regularly.

Agreed. I just find that most somms aren't that great with pairings. "People will like this wine, lets stick it on" seems to be more the standard, and I kind of had that impression when I did the grand tasting thing at Le Bernardin. However, the somm's suggestions from the regualr list there have always been spot on.



In the end, the whole point I am trying to convey is the fact that I believe people put far too much emphasis on pairings, and especially "perfect pairings". I suppose I've been pondering this for a while, and then when GreenFrog asked something about pairings, I defaulted to "unnecessary!"
post #21598 of 25857
Not Pizza (I used left over quiche dough)
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I had the best home made panni from my GF... with mozzerela, cheese, salami, etc etc 

post #21600 of 25857
Matsutakes.
 

 

 

 
Pork chop from the local pig I butchered this summer. Roasted carrots and acorn squash. Snacked on matsutakes sliced and grilled while cooking the rest of dinner and then incorporated them by lightly roasting them in foil packets with garlic, ginger, mirin and white shoyu. 
 

 

Getting tired of this cell phone camera!

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