Thursday, September 6, 2018

Recipe Thursday: Thinking Outside the Pairing Box

While traditional food and wine pairings are considered classic for a reason, it doesn’t take much imagination to pair a red Burgundy with boeuf Bourguignon or coq au vin. Sometimes it’s nice to venture out a bit and try an unlikely pairing that may surprise you with how good it tastes. One such pairing is Japanese beef katsu, or Gyukatsu, with Pinot Noir. Gyukatsu is essentially deep-fried breaded beef cutlets, often served alongside an umami-rich sauce. You can easily make katsu at home, and Serious Eats will show you how to do just that, even using chicken or pork.

Photo: Lewd Foods

Not all Pinot Noirs are created equal, and something like Gyukatsu takes a truly special wine to enhance and balance its flavors. Drake Whitcraft’s Pence Ranch Pommard Clone Pinot Noir is an excellent choice, with its meaty edge and pure dark fruit notes. This remarkable pairing will surprise you, but also feel familiar, like they were meant to be together.

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