How to pair world traditional New Year’s Eve foods with wine?
Only a few days are left before the end of 2018 and the most sparkling dinner of the year that will usher us in 2019, so to tease your palates, we would like to propose you a little trip around the world based on traditional New Year’s Eve dishes paired with an equally international wine tasting.
All over the world, each country has its typical preparations for the last dinner of the year and many rituals that, for those who believe it, can bring luck for the next year. Unfortunately, we could only select some recipes, but hopefully this will give you the inspiration to taste some interesting delights and match them with the perfect wine.
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World famous New Year’s meals
Let’s start our culinary journey from France where it’s not New Year’s Eve without oysters and their heavenly combination with Champagne. But, this year, to spice things up, we would like to suggest you to match your oysters with the creamy flavours of some English Blanc de Blancs.
For a vegetarian option, we could fly to Russia, and propose the classic Olivier salad, but in this case, we would pair it with the rose hints and balanced alcohol of an aromatic Gewürztraminer from Alsace.
As a main course, the traditional Cuban roast suckling pig can be an interesting exotic choice; tender meat marinated with aromatic herbs and served with a sauce made from oil, lemon and garlic, accompanied by fresh vegetables and banana chips. Due to the complexity of flavours and the richness of the exotic notes, we think that the best match would be a luscious Californian Chardonnay.
The same wine would go perfectly as well with the spicy notes of our vegetarian suggestion, the Thai curried noodles that are also a good omen for our friends, as their length is a symbol for a long and happy life.
In Italy, lentils are believed to bring economic fortune in the upcoming year: they could be served as an extra side or eaten as a midnight snack as Italians like to do! A light red wine can accompany them well; try the fragrant floral notes of a Lambrusco di Sorbara.
New Year’s Eve desserts
Have you still got some space for dessert? In the Netherlands the real symbol of the New Year is the circle, which represents the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one. For this reason, fried donuts or puff pastry desserts filled with apples are a must! The best wine match is some gently sweet Moscato d’Asti.
Do not forget to complete your dinner with a ‘good luck’ ritual. In Spain, people eat 12 grapes following the tolling of the bell in Piazza Puerta del Sol in Madrid, which anticipates the stroke of midnight; those who manage to eat all the grapes following the time set by the bell will have a particularly lucky year. Wash them down with some Cava.
We wish you a delicious dinner served with amazing wines, in the company of friends and family and lots of love and fortune for a magic 2019! Cheers!