Yes, I know – forget about the meaning of life, the theory of relativity or the laws of gravity, this is the burning question that everyone wants to ask. What should you drink with a Snickers bar?
The readers and followers of this blog will know, and I’m sure come to my necessary defence here, that admittedly, I’m a self-confessed chocoholic. Such is my ‘addiction’ to theobroma cacao, that it has been known for me to write many blog articles about it. In addition, I have made sure that there is even a whole section dedicated to chocolate and wine pairing in my next book.
So, with my years of sommelier experience, knowledge and expertise on food and wine matching, I was in a bit of a situation the other day. I had just cooked a beautiful supper of fresh pasta (and yes, before you ask, I made the pasta myself) - a delicious bowl of linguine with crab, paired with an absolutely amazing German Riesling. But now I’m digressing….
Back to dessert….
Aha! But I didn’t have anything prepared. Normally, being an ex-pastry chef, I would consider knocking up something simple or buy something already prepared. I would, especially for a dinner party or special occasion – my tiramisu is particularly ‘legendary’, allegedly. However, on this occasion, I had absolutely nothing. Nada. Not even a tub of ice cream! Satiated after an absolutely scrumptious bowl of pasta and a slurp on one of my favourite wines, I proceeded to open up the fridge. Apart from a few bottles of wine samples, this is what I set my eyes on…
Yes, a Snickers bar. Or ‘back in the day’ they used to be known as “Marathon”. Please note: only a few people above a certain age, like me, will be aware of this confectionery geek fact. I may be good friends with award-winning chocolatier, William Curley, but from time to time you may have no other choice than just to get down and dirty and eat some really ‘industrial’ chocolate. But you’re a sommelier, I hear you say. What are you doing eating a Snickers bar? Let’s just say that sometimes that’s just the way it is…
So, I’ve got a bar of Snickers for my ‘dessert’ and the thought of with which wine do I enjoy it?
My years of sommelier experience came up with this….
2008 Banyuls Blanc, Coume del Mas, Vin Doux Naturel, Banyuls, Roussillon, France really hit the spot and was the best match. Without trying to appear too pompous about it, the exotic fruit flavour and nutty aromas of the wine really worked well with the Snickers bar. Finally, another great suggestion would be the 1985 Rivesaltes Ambre “Hors d’Age” made by Arnaud de Villeneuve (currently available for a bargainous £13.99 for a 50cl bottle).
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The epicurean odyssey continues…