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Sancerre Rose - The Perfect Food Match

It's a bank holiday and it looks like we might even have some sunshine! In the U.K. we're so used to planning the barbeque only to have it rained off so here's an idea that covers all bases. Oven Baked BBQ Chicken by the Greedy Gourmet is a great recipe and works whether the sun is shining or not. To go with the dish I have chosen Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Rose 'Les Baronnes' 2010. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="280" caption="Oven Baked BBQ Chicken - Perfect for Sancerre Rose"]Oven Baked BBQ Chicken - Perfect for Sancerre Rose[/caption] With this dish we have a situation where the main element, the chicken, is not the strongest flavour on the plate, the marinade is. The barbeque sauce is sweet, sharp, tangy, smoky and savoury all at once. Usually for chicken we would think to match it with white wine but here that wouldn’t stand up against the marinade. Likewise though, we don’t want to overpower the white meat of the chicken with a hearty red, so in this case I’ve plumped for a Sancerre rose. [caption id="attachment_1137" align="aligncenter" width="125" caption="The Perfect Match - Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Rose 'Les Baronnes' 2010"]Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Rose 'Les Baronnes' 2010[/caption] Rosé wines have often been much maligned but if you find the right ones, they are, in fact, incredibly food friendly. Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Rose ‘Les Baronnes’ 2010 is made from Pinot Noir grapes so has a natural affinity with savoury dishes. The colour is more salmon-pink than bright pinky-pink which is what you should look out for when choosing rosé to go with food. The wine has vibrant red fruit flavours which work with the sweetness and fruitiness of the sauce. There is a slight peppery-spice tingle on the tongue and a fresh zip of acidity that balances the tartness in the marinade and helps to clean the finish too. The texture of Sancerre Rose is light enough to not detract from the chicken itself and enjoyed in the evening sun it is a delight. Try it for yourself and let us know what you thought.    

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