Spanish and New Zealand Whites Just Right with Pimiento Chicken

We cooked Pimiento Chicken from Supercook.  Chicken pieces are cooked with onion, pimientos or red peppers, tarragon, chicken stock, white wine, beurre manie and double cream.

The dish has a Spanish feel to it so we served it with Spanish Potatoes from the BBC Good Food website.  Small chunks of potato are mixed with tomato purée, smoked paprika, garlic, lemon juice and parsley and then roasted.

We thought a bottle of Sendero des Santos Albarino 2012, a Spanish white from the Sunday Times Wine Club would make a good pairing.

We found the wine smooth and creamy with flavours of summer fruits especially peaches and nectarines. There was a tangy lemony finish.  We thought this quality wine was a very good match with the meal.

We had the remainder of the chicken a few days later and decided to try a Chardonnay. This served as an object lesson on why its important to to get the oakiness right when choosing the right pairing.  At first we thought oak might be a problem so opted for a bottle of Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay from Costco.  Nothing wrong with the wine, but we knew straight away more oak was needed and set it aside.

We chose a bottle of Wither Hills Chardonnay 2011, a New Zealand white from the Wine Society. Decidedly more oaky and we tasted peaches, sweet melon and plenty of creaminess with a touch of citrus on the finish.  This delicious wine was superb with the chicken.2014-05-30 18.58.00

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