Spanish White Matches a Lamb Stew Better Than a Red

We had cooked Delia’s Irish Stew with Parsley Dumplings the night before.  A slightly modified version without the leeks and with the addition of a lamb stock cube and fresh parsley.  Cabernets are often recommended with this dish, but we didn’t have anything suitable, so we went for a Rioja – Marquis de Carano 2004 from Tesco.  It was OK, but hardly a stunning match.  So, for the leftovers, we noted that Spanish Penedès whites can go quite well with some lamb casseroles and also go well with parsley.  We had a bottle of Torres Viña Esmerelda 2009 a Penedès white blend from Makro in the fridge and tried this.  Success.  We thought the aromatic, herby flavours in the wine went very well with this dish.

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