Another Spanish champion: Paella

People often eat out when on holiday in Spain and love Paella but would be horrified about the thought of trying to re-create it when they get home but this simple video shows you that it is actually a great dish that can actually be put together in one pan and requires minimum washing up which is always a winner. What I also love about a dish like this is that it encourages the family or your group of friends to come together as you plonk (nice wine pun for good measure) the dish into the center of the table and everybody just gets stuck in and helps themselves. So all the great dish really needs is a lovely bottle of wine to compliment it and you will be able to transport yourself mentally back to that holiday in Spain…..

Mike’s wine match:
Well this has topped it for me, Niall’s most enticing dish so far on the Curious Blog!
To be honest, there’s any number of white wines would go beautifully with this dish, all you want to avoid is something too strong that could overpower the delicate flavours in the shellfish. So, you want something crisp and dry, preferably with a bit of acidic bite to it, and maybe a nice touch of fruit.
Anyone following this series, or other wine-with-food posts I’ve written, will know that my first rule of wine-matching is to take the country and preferably region of origin of the food, and start with wines from there. Now paella originates from the Valencia region of south-east Spain, and whilst white wine production does exceed red, there’s not that many make the export market. So, I’m going to stay Spanish but move up to Rueda in the north-west of the country, partly because it was the subject of my article for Look and Taste last week but mainly because I think their whites are outstanding and perfectly suited to paella.
In the Curious stable, try this Sauvignon from Castello de Medina – prominent confectioned apple with nettle and gooseberry, and great fruit/acidity balance – or this classy Verdejo/Sauvignon blend from Mantel Blanco, with ripe peach/passion fruit and silky texture.
Now Niall, next week I want you to put on a Rafa Benitez goatee and say “pae-eya” for us again ;)

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