Lentils and wine – A tasty combination!
Lentils and wine – Happy New Year 2018! I hope that you had an amazing holidays and took the time to celebrate with your close friends and family relatives. Today, I want to talk you about drinking wine with lentils. Nothing beats to have a steaming bowl of lentil soup, when it’s freezing cold outside, like last week temperatures, or to reboot your system after the food coma of the holidays.
Throughout the year, lentils are a part of my regular diet. I usually have them 2-3 times a week and they are quite popular with my wife and daughter as well.Nutty and earthy in flavour, lentils have a high nutritional value that anyone can benefit from by incorporating this healthy legume into their diet.
Another reason to eat them in the beginning of January is that it brings good luck. Legumes such as beans, peas and lentils, are considered to be symbolic of money, and thus considered an augury of prosperous times in the new year.
When eating lentils, I usually lean towards red wines. If I am having them in a minestra with ditalini and potatoes’ my wine choice will be a hearty Italian red such as Aglianico. With braised lentils and sausage, a Rhone blend from California or Ventoux will do a terrific match.
One of my fondest earliest childhood memories was a cilantro lentil soup that my Venezuelan grandmother used to make. I remember it like it was yesterday, the coriander would perfume the soup with its zesty, citrusy flavour. With a dish like this, you could have a white Italian such as Trebbiano or an earthy Bourgogne Pinot Noir.
When I arrived in Montreal, I discovered the joy of Indian cuisine and became mesmerized with the flavours of red curry lentil dahl. A troublesome match with reds, a nice dahl goes wonderfully well while sipping a Jura white or if you dare to try something different, an Orange white from Friuli.
One thing that I love about lentils is that they are quite versatile to any number of different styles of wine, depending on how they’re prepared. In addition, they are economical, leaving you with more wiggle room to buy more wine. For the new year lentils offering, here are four wines that will be perfect with lentils soup or braised lentils with meat to warm you up in the cold nights of January
Bonpas Grande Réserve des Challières Ventoux, France SAQ # 00331090 $11.95
On the nose, warming aromas of ripe cherries with nuances of olive tapenade, wild garrigue, leather and spices. On the mouth, hearty with balsamic and blackberry flavour nuances with generous tannins. Great choice if you are having a chunky beef and lentil soup and a fantastic wine for the price.
Réserve de Bonpas Côtes du Rhône 2016 Rhone, France SAQ # 12383352 $13.70
Aromas of ripe dark fruit with freshly cracked black peppercorns, licorices, paprika and violets. Warm with a fleshy mouthfeel and ripe tannins. Medium finish with a long aromatic finale. One of the best Cotes du Rhone at the SAQ that money can buy at the moment. Enjoy it with a kale and lentil soup stew.
Beneventano IGP Riserva “Pietra Della Volpe” Aglianico 2012 Campania, Italy
( Private Import, $31.09/Case of 6, http://bacchus76.com/)
Refined and quite elegant. Aromas of hummus, dry black earth, licorice, wild herbs and a blast of cherry, cassis and black raspberries. Ultrasmooth in the mouth with fine woven tannins. Lovely aftertaste. Pork stew with lentils and polenta.
Boisseau Terres de Chazeux bourgogne 2015 Burgundy, France.
( Private Allocation, around $35, http://glou-mtl.com/.)
On the nose brooding black cherry with raspberry, cloves, pepper and wild fennel and a hint of liquorice. Velvety and rich in the palate with long, caressing and sultry tannins. Flavours bring to mind a hint of blueberry yogurt and vanilla Nice chiseled minerality at the end of the palate with a long aftertaste that brings to mind ripe prunes and wild herbs. Enjoy it with a shepherd’s pie with beef and green lentils for a change from the traditional version.
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