What wine to pair with Gazpacho?

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What wine to pair with Gazpacho?

#1 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » July 3rd, 2010, 12:51 pm

Would an off-dry riesling work -- I'm thinking it might, but have never tried the pairing. Other ideas?
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#2 Post by Roberto Rogness » July 3rd, 2010, 12:55 pm

Dry, lightly colored rosé (Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Tavel) or maybe a fizzy red.
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#3 Post by benjamin laird marshall » July 3rd, 2010, 1:27 pm

Vinho Verde.
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#4 Post by JP Taboada » July 3rd, 2010, 2:24 pm

Gurrutxaga Txocali Rose is the most perfect and wonderful pairing I have encountered. Like what Roberto was describing above... red, fizzy. Great acidity (works well with tomatoes), fresh and crisp with all sorts of herb and fruit nuances.
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#5 Post by Anthony Lombardi » July 3rd, 2010, 2:26 pm

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#6 Post by Robert Thornton » July 3rd, 2010, 4:37 pm

I do like a Kabinett or Spat with it.

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#7 Post by Victor de la Serna » July 3rd, 2010, 4:53 pm

No wine goes well with that much vinegar. Gazpacho is a cool drink in itself. Save wine for the next course.

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#8 Post by todd waldmann » July 3rd, 2010, 7:35 pm

Off dry German Riesling or high acid Champagne......
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#9 Post by Bernard Roth » July 5th, 2010, 9:22 pm

Victor would know... But there are different styles and recipes. So what version of gazpacho?

I will contradict Victor, though. You can drink a light Sherry with gazpacho. Fino.

I also like the idea of the Txakoli Rosato. IF you can find it.

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#10 Post by Scott Silton » July 5th, 2010, 11:01 pm

A nice Sancerre. Complex acid X complex acid = delicious.

Even better: watermelon gazpacho.

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#11 Post by Victor de la Serna » July 6th, 2010, 2:10 am

Bernard Roth wrote:So what version of gazpacho?

I will contradict Victor, though. You can drink a light Sherry with gazpacho. Fino.
Oh, you can drink a fino or manzanilla. But is the pairing particularly harmonious? No. It's acceptable.

We're talking Andalusian gazpacho here, I guess - not ajoblanco, not salmorejo, not Portugal's gaspacho alentejano. Well, I like Penelope Casas' classic recipe (without cucumbers, which is fine by me) well enough:


2 1/2 pounds very ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered, divided

2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced, plus more for garnish

1 (2-inch-thick) slice firm French-style bread, crust removed

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1/2 cup mild extra-virgin olive oil

Place half the tomatoes, the garlic, pepper, bread, vinegar, salt, cumin (if using) and sugar in a food processor. Process until no large pieces remain. With motor running, add the remaining tomatoes. Gradually add the oil, and process until smooth.

Pass through a food mill or strainer, pressing with the back of a ladle to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids.

Chill for several hours or overnight. Taste and add more vinegar or salt if needed.

Serve with chopped red pepper (plus chopped tomato and cucumber if desired).

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#12 Post by George Pavlov » July 6th, 2010, 10:08 pm

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#13 Post by Cris Whetstone » July 6th, 2010, 10:09 pm

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#14 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » July 7th, 2010, 11:28 am

Thanks, folks. I was restricted to what I had in my cellar, and I really wanted to force wine on the issue, so beer was not an option. Ended-up going with a 2006 Wiemer - Riesling (Dry) - (New York, Finger Lakes). I thought it was an okay pairing -- neither the wine or food made the other better, but neither made the other any worse, either. Luckily, the wine seemed more halbtrocken than trocken, which I think helped a bit. Next time Gazpacho is on the horizon I'll revisit this thread and follow-up on some of these suggestions. [cheers.gif]
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#15 Post by Ted Erfer » July 7th, 2010, 12:38 pm

I just skip the wine and beer and dump some vodka into the mix ---- sort of a bloody mary [thumbs-up.gif]

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#16 Post by G. Wolff » July 8th, 2010, 4:29 am

Joanna Simon's book ("Wine with Food") suggests fino or manzanilla sherry or young Sauvignon Blanc for tomato gazpacho. FOr white gazpacho, she suggests unoaked white rioja, Soave or Aligoté
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#17 Post by Jon Hesford » July 9th, 2010, 10:18 am

I would go for Fino or Manzanilla. Nothing too acidic as a good Gazpacho has loads of vinegar. My choice would be to drink fizzy water with the Gazpacho and save the wine for the next course.
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#18 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » June 13th, 2019, 2:28 pm

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Just made a fresh batch last night for eating tonight. Planning on a Manzanilla Fino or a Champagne, but open to any other suggestions. The recipe I used is extremely similar to the one Victor posted in post #11, but mine has cucumbers and does not have cumin, olive oil, or sugar. The recipe does call for garnishing with a drizzle of olive oil, fwiw.

bumping in case anyone has new suggestions. Thank you!
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#19 Post by GregT » June 13th, 2019, 3:17 pm

Brian you poor guy! You've had to eat gazpacho twice now in only ten years! For me it's a once in a lifetime thing.

If I lived near you I'd bring you some real food as a favor to an internet friend!

Gazpacho? [bleh.gif] [cry.gif]

But you can cook all that stuff, keeping the vinegar and the bread out and throwing in some shallots and garlic, then put it through a strainer and simmer some fish in it. Toast the bread and have it with an actual soup!

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#20 Post by scamhi » June 13th, 2019, 4:40 pm

Roberto Rogness wrote:
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Dry, lightly colored rosé (Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Tavel) or maybe a fizzy red.
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#21 Post by maureen nelson » June 13th, 2019, 8:45 pm

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#22 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » June 14th, 2019, 5:44 am

scamhi wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Roberto Rogness wrote:
July 3rd, 2010, 12:55 pm
Dry, lightly colored rosé (Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Tavel) or maybe a fizzy red.
What Roberto said long ago. Roberto I hope you are OK
My first choice would be no wine at all, but if there had to be one, then I agree with Suzanne and Roberto on a dry rose, but not a provencal style, a bit more body. Or a dry sherry.

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#23 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » June 14th, 2019, 1:17 pm

Thank you for the suggestions, everyone.

For posterity's sake: sparkling Vouvray (2013 Huet Brut) works quite nicely. champagne.gif

Seeing as how I made about two gallons, I'll have plenty of opportunity to try other selections over the next few days; will likely tee-up a Grenache rose next. [cheers.gif]


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#24 Post by James Billy » June 14th, 2019, 4:35 pm

Please keep us updated. Looks like a useful experiment. Enjoy!

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#25 Post by Ben M a n d l e r » June 14th, 2019, 11:39 pm

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#27 Post by S teve R edenbaugh » June 15th, 2019, 1:39 pm

Ridge Vineyards paired their newly released Grenache Blanc last week in Chicago with a first course of Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with cold Stone Crab Claw. Pretty awesome!

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#28 Post by GregT » June 15th, 2019, 8:08 pm

Brian - two gallons? I'd have to take anti-anxiety meds.
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#29 Post by Steve Slatcher » June 15th, 2019, 9:41 pm

Bernard Roth wrote:
July 5th, 2010, 9:22 pm
Victor would know... But there are different styles and recipes. So what version of gazpacho?

I will contradict Victor, though. You can drink a light Sherry with gazpacho. Fino
Fino or Manzanilla works well with a white gazpacho. Haven't tried it with the more common tomato-based one.

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#30 Post by Peter Foster » June 16th, 2019, 7:33 am

Agree
Fino or manzanilla might work.

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#31 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » June 16th, 2019, 10:32 am

Tried an En Rama Fino from Cruz Vieja last night. I thought it was okay pairing, but the wine was overpowered by the acidity in the soup, and the pairing made the wine's alcohol more pronounced.
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