Odd Pair: Pierogies & Moscato D'Asti

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When you're asked to bring wine to a Ukrainian-themed dinner party, sometimes it takes a little research to find something appropriate. And by research, I, of course, mean drinking.

I had read that the doughy little potato bites known as pierogies were thought to pair well with a sweet, bubbly wine. With this knowledge, I bought a bottle of Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2009. Loaded with personality for only about $15 a bottle, this sparkler is generally a hit at parties. Thankfully, it was no exception this time.

The crisp acidity cut sharply and beautifully into the creaminess of the mashed potato stuffing and the butteriness from the pan searing. As a Moscato, the wine was decadently sweet and made a lovely addition to the flavor palate created by the pungent garlic and chives. It's one of those weird combinations that perhaps shouldn't work, but nevertheless does.


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6 comments
SirRon
SirRon

If you read that pierogies pair well with a sweet, bubbly wine and you then paired it with a sweet, bubbly wine, then why is this an Odd Pair? Just wondering.

Catherine
Catherine

Thanks, actually have 3 dozen pierogies from dad in the freezer. Now I know what to pair with them. Besides sour cream and bacon, of course :)

J. Britt Alexander
J. Britt Alexander

... anyone know a good Ukrainian restaurant here in town? Off the top of my head, I can't recall one.

Capdass
Capdass

must have been that 'crisp acidity'. They forgot to include that in my last bottle of Saracco Moscato d'Asti, but it was still pretty decent, an effective panty dropper no less.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Sadly, I think the closest you'll get here is rotating through Polonia (for Polish food), Imperia (for Russian food) and Charivari (for food of a generally indeterminate Eastern European origin).

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