Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blond Beauties

My wife and I were discussing what to make for dinner and she suggested that I make a shrimp dish she really enjoys.
In this recipe, it calls for white wine. Not wanting to open the bottle just for a 1/2 cup for the shrimp I decided to do a white wine pairing.

Most people think you can't pair a premium cigar with white wine, but I disagree. There are plenty of milder cigars and bold enough white wines that all you need is to find the right match. Tonight I think I did. This is a really good contrast to my last pairing Dark and Delicious.

CIGAR: Gurka Beauty  6x60

WINE: Glenora Wine Cellers' Barrel fermented Chardonnay

The Cigar Kaizad Hansotia, president of Gurkha Cigars created the Gurkha Beauty after the launch of his highly rated Beast. The Beauty starts with a 7-year-old Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper that encases a Dominican binder and Nicaraguan and Dominican filler that is no less than 5 years old. The 60 ring Beauty imparts a lot of smoke, it fills the room but is not overpowering. The balance of these tobaccos creates a smooth, well-balance cigar that has notes of coffee and nut with a creamy finish. This cigar is as smooth as they come. It is not overly complex, juts a good solid mild to medium bodied cigar. 

The Wine: Glenora Wine Cellars was another wonderful find on my recent trip to Seneca lake in upstate New York. 
They create a lot of very good wines but I was extremely impressed with their Barrel Fermented Chardonnay.  
The wine is fermented in French oak barrels giving it a very smooth and round flavor. The color is like straw and the wine has hints of melon that make it a very smooth, pleasant wine.

The Pairing: I have to admit, when I first opened the bottle of Glenora Wine Cellars' Barrel Fermented chardonnay, i was a bit concerned about my choice. The nose is a bit delicate but hidden back there is the oak giving the Chardonnay a bit more punch. This really paired very well with Gurkha's Beauty cigar. The beauty having a 7 year aged Connecticut wrapper is so smooth and mild that at no time did it overpower this wine. And the wine has such a long finish that you really have a nice blend of flavors on your pallet.

Another great thing about this pairing is the price. The Glenora Wine Cellars' Barrel fermented Chardonnay will run you $15.99 a bottle and is available in many stores and on their website.

The Gurkha Beauty will run you about $10 a stick depending on where you find it. A lot of companies are selling them as 10-packs, but you might be able to find 5-packs at places like, Famous Cigars or Cigars International

So I really recommend both the cigar and the wine. And on a side note the Chardonnay paired really well with my shrimp scampi!

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