Celebrating Navarre’s Asparagus and Wine

Event Celebrates Asparagus and Rosado wines from Navarre

Event Celebrates Asparagus and Rosado wines from Navarre

Asparagus can sometimes present a wine pairing challenge, though it’s nothing like the dilemma presented by its good friend the artichoke.

Fortunately, if there’s one thing that I learned from my esteemed professors while attending the excellent sommelier program at Madrid’s Chamber of Commerce some years ago, it was that, when in doubt, look to the region.

Excellent regional food products can often find their wine pairing matches in excellent wines from the same region. Of course the adventurous wine taster is more than welcome to go off the beaten path and create innovative pairings to his or her heart’s content, but as a good and general rule of thumb, the land that makes a particular food product is likely to produce a wine that will accompany it quite well.

I’m going to stop myself before I go completely off on a tangent, but my point is that as far as fantastic Spanish white asparagus from Navarre (Espárrago de Navarra PGI) is concerned, one need look no further than Navarre‘s wonderful rosado wines for a perfect wine and food pairing.

Evidence of this fact comes in the form of the Semana del Espárrago y el Rosado de Navarra (Week of Asparagus and Rose Wine from Navarre), which is going on until May 25th in Navarre. This event, the first of its kind, is taking place in bars and restaurants in Pamplona and other cities and towns throughout the region. Here, hungry diners can sample special tapas and pinchos made with this famed asparagus and served with a glass of the corresponding wine for only 2.50.

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