Mumm Napa Brut Rose Paired with Oven Baked Ribs and Sweet Potato Casserole.

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Oven Baked Ribs and Sweet Potato Casserole

Apart from garnishing the plate with dried leaves and a squirrel, I can’t imagine how this recipe could be anymore Autumnal. [There’s a word I don’t use very often: Autumnal.] Any-who, this pairing combines two things I just don’t consume enough of; namely, ribs and bubbly…and even more-so on the same dinner table!

I’ve never been a fan of sticking to “food and wine pairing rules,” but I’d never go so far as to say that you should COMPLETELY disregard “the rules.” To me, a little-bit of knowledge and a lot of experimentation is key! When you look-up recipes for ribs, 9 times out of 10 the pairing suggestion will usually be Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz or some other high-octane red. I personally think that’s more than most palates can handle. All that flavor, all that spice, and then you throw 15+% percent alcohol and an arse-ton (that’s metric) of oak into the mix, and I wonder if the authors of these “pairings” have ever actually tasted the sum of these two parts!

Mumm Napa Brut Rose

Brut Rose has always been my favorite sparkling wine, so any excuse to pop open a bottle is a good day. The excuse this time? It was a Thursday.

I’ve seen California make huge strides in the quality of their bubbles over the last 5 years…but the overall quality still doesn’t impress me too much, especially on the under $15 bottles. No, in my ever-so-humble-opinion, if I’m going to pick-up a few bottles of El Cheapo bubbles, I’ll usually reach for Spanish Cava, French Fizz or Italian Prosecco.

For that reason, I think we’ve got a long way to go before we start hearing French Champagne producers cry: “Sacre bleu!! Zees Andre Spumante est tres bon!!” throw down their pruning shears and go home in a sulk. With that said, Mumm Napa and maybe 4 other California producers are a few wineries who’re coming close to producing real-quality bubbles, on a budget.

The Mumm Napa Brut Rose will pull the usual trick of deceiving you into thinking it’s a lot sweeter than it actually is, based solely on the electric-pink color. There is a little sweetness in there, but it only serves to off-set the spiciness of the ribs and compliment the cornucopia of ingredients in the sweet potato casserole. The expected strawberry, red cherry and blood orange. Medium on the finish, thirst-quenching and elegant. Give it a try.

Mumm Napa Brut Rose




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