If you have never had Muscadet before, my first suggestion is to try it with oysters, in my opinion this is one of the true gold standards for wine and food pairings. But after that, venture down south and try this beautiful minerally white from France’s Loire Valley with a some Soul Food classics. We are talking ribs, Nashville hot chicken, and fish.
There are a few things that make Muscadet a great food wine first it is a little lighter and lower in alcohol than the French whites produced in more interior regions. It is also the grape itself, Muscadet is made from Melon de Bourgogne, which can actually be a little bland, but in this case that is a strength. I read an analogy in Food & Wine to think of the grape like pasta, but instead of being a vehicle for sauce, it is a vehicle for the soil. Making it extremely transparent to where it is grown, the granite heavy Muscadet region of the Loire Valley, has a close proximity to the sea, and moderate summer temperatures. It is best to think of the wine not as flavorful, but distinct.
One of our Taste the South guest chefs Linton Hopkins, pairs the wine with his version of Nashville hot chicken. The pairing works because a cool refreshing glass of the of a low alcohol wine (high alcohol content intensifies spiciness) with crisp citrus and acidity helps cut the heat of the chicken. Hopkins declares this, “is the wine for hot chicken.” Smoked ribs are another champion match, with the minerality of the wine helping to intensify the smokiness of barbecue. Another suggestions from our wine buyer to help create your new favorite pairing drink this with a classic Low Country Boil or Frogmore Stew.
Speaking of suggestions, here are a few great Muscadets that are available at all of our stores and sure to be a hit:
Domaine de la Quilla Muscadet, $11.99
Muscadet Sevre Et Maine Sur Lie, $18.99
Eric Chevalier Clos de la Butte Muscadet, $16.95
Ch. de la Ragotiere Muscadet, $ 14.99
Domaine du Montru Sevre Sur Lie, $ 9.95
Feel free to ask any of our Wine Partners for their suggestion as well.