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Chicken Marbella and Wine Pairing

Silver Palate’s Chicken Marbella is a popular search term. It’s a classic recipe that never goes out of style. Just last week, someone emailed me wanting to know what wine to pair with Chicken Marbella.

I asked the expert — Yvonne Foucher, owner of CataVinos Wine Shoppe in Tucson.

Here’s what she had to say:  

“Due to the sweet and salty nature of this recipe you want a wine that is low in tannins, is fruity, and has good acidity. You can pair this dish with an old world-style wine such as a Garnacha or fruity Tempranillo (domestic Tempranillos are generally fruity) or you can pair it with a new world-style Zinfandel or Malbec. Once again, with the new world-style wines you want fruity but not jammy wines with a lower alcohol content. Choose the varietal thay you enjoy the most as all of these wines should compliment the flavors in the recipe and accentuate the best of both, the food and the wine.”

Thank you Yvonne.

I was not familar with the word “Garnacha” so I looked it up. According to Wikipedia, it’s the Spanish synonym for Grenache.

For those of you in Tucson, check out CataVinos where no bottle of wine is over $15.

Here’s more information about Chicken Marbella.

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