Which Wine with Chicken Dishes?
The marriage of a good wine with a good chicken dish will improve your enjoyment
of both the food and the wine.
Chicken, and particularly roast chicken seems to go well with almost all
grape varieties, so I am sorry to tell you we cannot make it easy by saying
something like "only drink Chardonnay with chicken'.
With chicken, we need to find a wine that has the right blend of sweetness,
acidity, fruitiness and body to complement the meat to perfection. oddly enough
Chardonnay usually fits the bill, so if you want to play it safe, pick a good
Australian Chardonnay. They are all pretty good.
A french white Burgundy (again the Chardonnay grape) is often far better
than the new world stuff, but there are some poor ones too and price is not
clearly indicative of quality when it comes to French Wines.
The USA produces a lot of cheap Chardonnay and a few bottles of truly excellent
Wines with roast chicken dishes
We have found a dry but rounded Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon mix rarely disappoints
with Chicken Dishes. Recent winners include an Australian Westend Estate Sauvignon
Blanc Semillon and a Hardys Stamp of Australia Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2002/03.
Wines with creamy chicken dishes
If you are having a creamy chicken dish, or something with a bit of 'oomph'
to it (chicken curry or a stroganoff perhaps) you cannot go wrong with a voigner
wine. The fantastic rich Voigner grape has a rugged fruity earthiness to it
which goes fantastically with chicken dishes like this.
We have yet to find a poor voigner, so give this wine a go yourself.
Wines with tomato based chicken dishes
With a meal that has quite a bit of tomato with the chicken, you could try
a French Medoc or a Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Alternatively an Italian
Chianti can work with strong tomato chicken and garlic flavours.
Wines with barbecue chicken dishes
When we barbecue chicken we all go a bit mad on the seasoning, smothering
the poor bird in powerful marinades and sticky sauces. Most of these have
ketchup, vinegar, or mustard and get their sweetness from honey, brown sugar
and fruit. You need a strong wine to stand up against such an onslaught of
Go for powerful fruity red wines with a high alcohol content.
California produces some great wines for the barbecue. Laurel Glen do one
called simply 'Reds' that will knock your socks off. It is big, bold and delicious.
Rosemount Estate produce a Shiraz that is perfect for serving with chicken
drumsticks fresh off the flames.
Other good grape varieties to look at include Grenache, Zinfandel, Chianti
or Valpolicella from Italy and Syrah from France.
If you want a french theme to your barbecue then you really will be pleased
if you try the reds of the Rhone Valley.
Great wines from Laithwaites for chicken dishes