Two Oaked Whites Very Good with Chicken and Chorizo Rice Pot

2014-10-29 18.49.32We discovered an interesting recipe by James Martin on the BBC Good Food website.  It’s called Chicken and Chorizo Rice Pot and is described as an alternative to Paella.

Chicken pieces are cooked with onion, red pepper, garlic, chorizo, tomato purée, thyme, white wine and chicken stock.  Rice is stirred in.  A very tasty and enjoyable meal.

We opened a bottle of Navajas Rioja Blanco Crianza 2010, a Spanish white from the Wine Society.

The wine is heavily oaked and this was evident in the strong creamy vanilla flavours throughout with hints of pineapple.  We thought the Rioja was a very good match with the meal.

We stayed with oak for the leftovers a couple of days later, but this time went for a bottle of Wither Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2011, a New Zealand white also from the Wine Society.

We detected pineapple on the nose and buttery, creamy pineapple flavours with a lingering slightly sharp grapefruit finish.  The wine was another very good match.

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