Pairing wine with salad can be complicated because there are such a range of flavours available. This classic chicken Caesar salad recipe is a perfect example of a lunchtime wine pairing. The parmesan flavour of the sauce can make choosing wine and cheese salad dressing difficult. An acidic white wine is the key to success when serving Caesar salad with bacon. In this video Annabelle will guide you through the process of pairing wine with Caesar salad. Watch as Annabelle compares two refreshing white wines (a bottle from Aes Ambelis Winery and a Keo Wine) to find out what goes with caesar salad. Discover which wine won, and stick around until the end for the bonus tip on pairing wine with salad.
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Video Transcript: What Goes With Caesar Salad? Pairing Wine And Salad!
Which wine pairs best with classic Chicken Caesar salad?
Today we are comparing two affordable white wines, a dry Xynisteri varietal and an off-dry Sultanina wine, called Thisbe. We are going to find out which of these two white wines pairs best with a classic Chicken and Bacon Caesar Salad. This is a white wine food pairing showdown that deserves your full attention! And make sure you stick around until the end for my top tips on how to pair salad with white wine.
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The Chicken Caesar Salad
So first, let’s look at our tasty Chicken Caesar salad.
The is a beautiful, healthy, medley of salty crispy bacon, shaved parmesan, roasted chicken slices, sweet-sour cherry tomatoes all dressed with a classic Caesar sauce. We ordered from The Salad Bar, around the corner from our office. They have the most amazing salads. The links to their Instagram and Facebook pages in the Description below.
Pairing Wine with Chicken Caesar Salad
Let’s now look at our two Cypriot wines. First we have Aes Ambelis Xynisteri, made primarily with Xynisteri blended with just a bit of Semillon.
The Aes Ambelis Xynisteri white wine is a crisp, dry white of medium acidity, with some mineral notes and aromas of lemon, pear and cut grass. This particular bottle reminds me of a good Pinot Grigio. This wine is 12,5% alcohol, and this white wine has a light, fast finish. The Xynisteri plays well with the nutty parmesan and is vibrant enough not to be overwhelmed by the sour notes from the tomatoes and tangy Caesar dressing.
Our other white wine is the Keo Thisbe, made entirely with Sultanina grapes. Thisbe is a refreshing, bright white wine, both acidic and slightly sweet, redolent with aromas of apple, pear and grapefruit. This bottle reminds me a little of an off-dry Riesling, though admittedly not as acidic. The alcohol content is 11,5%, again this wine has a short finish, and it loves the tangy dressing, and its honeysuckle notes coat the croutons very pleasingly.
Picking the Winner…
If I had to pick a winner, I would choose Thisbe, the sultanina varietal. The slight sweetness in the style of this wine complements the tangy dressing perfectly, which in its turn coats every mouthful. Thisbe interacts with the salad as well as accompanying it. When it hits sour elements such the tomatoes, it instantly thickens in the mouth, becoming intriguingly fuller-bodied.
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Secret Tip: Successfully Pairing Wine and Salad
And now, here is my secret to successfully pairing salad and white wine: balance out the acidity. A bright and zesty salad requires a wine of similar disposition. The taste of the vinaigrette is the most important element. Unless the wine is sharp enough to balance out the acidity of the vinaigrette, the wine will end up tasting dull and flabby. So, when pairing white wine with salad, pick a wine that is vibrant enough to stand up to the salad vinaigrette.
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