What Wine Goes With Squirrel?
If you’re wondering what wine goes with squirrel, you’ve come to the right place. The meat has a texture and flavor similar to lamb and boar, so you’ll want to look for a dry red wine to pair with it. Barolo and Shiraz are both great options for pairing with squirrel, while Chenin Blanc is excellent for eating with a sweet apple tart. If you’re pairing your squirrel with a dish other than wine, try a sparkling wine, champagne, or a Rioja Gran Reserva, which would be appropriate for an appetizer. Foie Gras or Stilton would be good options for pairings, as well.
When it comes to wine and squirrel pairings, a dry red wine is a perfect choice. The texture and flavor of this gamey meat are similar to lamb or boar, so a dry red wine is a great choice. Pinot Noir, Barolo, or Shiraz all pair nicely with squirrel. Red wine goes well with any red meat, and red squirrel is no exception. Similarly, Pinot Noir pairs well with rabbit.
The cooking process for a squirrel meal is not terribly complicated. You can start on the stove and finish it off in the oven. Pearl onions should be blanched in boiling water for about a minute and cooled in ice water. Once the onions have been blanched, they can be added to the meat of the squirrel. Let the mixture marinate overnight. The next day, remove the onions and discard. The marinade is now ready to serve.
creme de noyaux
The French term for liqueur is creme de noyaux, and it’s actually pronounced noy-noh. It’s a reddish-pink liqueur made from apricot kernels. It’s often mistakenly spelled ‘noy-noyau’, but this French wine goes surprisingly well with squirrels.
There are several types of liqueur, but none of them is quite as delicious as creme de noyaux. The French call this liqueur ‘analog’ because of its almond flavor, but creme de noyaux is more pronounced. You can use a spoonful to stir up your drink. It’s a bit like an adult milkshake! And it’s even better when it’s served chilled.
Terrantez do Pico
If you’re wondering which wine goes best with squirrel, look no further. Terrantez do Pico is one of the more unusual indigenous white grapes from the Azores. This grape was once all but extinct but is now being planted in substantial quantities by Marco Faria. The Terrantez grape is aromatic and remarkably saline. It is the base of Frei Gigante, a blend of Terrantez do Pico and Verdelho grapes. This wine is also a tasty and unusual white grape.
The grape variety used to produce Isabella was originally a hybrid from America. The plant was planted after the mid-19th century’s powdery mildew epidemic devastated the vineyards of the Azores. The result was a wine that tastes like the squirrel. Although the wine is not cheap, it’s well worth the price. The flavor is a perfect match for a tasty squirrel meal. And it’s also available from the Azores Wine Company, which is imported by Red Squirrel.
Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol 2010
The terroir of the vineyard is what sets Chateau de Pibarnon apart from the other Bandol wines. This is a unique appellation with its own noble Mourvedre variety. It is perfect for pairing with game meats. This wine has a medium body and pairs well with venison. Dustin McLaughlin suggests pairing it with venison.
The vineyards surrounding Chateau de Pibarnon overlook the Mediterranean Sea. The grape Mourvedre, a thick-skinned black grape, is especially well suited to the soils of Bandol. With 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, the Mourvedre brings harmony and elegance to the wines produced. It is also known for its exceptional ageing potential.
Aldeburgh Wild Meat Company
A glass of Aldeburgh Wild Meat Company wine pairs well with roasted squirrel. This east Suffolk artisan supplier sources game meat, including rabbit and squirrel, from ethically farmed sources. Squirrel is especially good with a glass of red. If you’d prefer to pair your squirrel with wine, consider ordering a bottle from the company. You’ll have a more satisfying meal and a better bottle of wine.
While squirrel may not be the most popular game in the world, it’s a surprisingly good match for many wines. A well-matched wine is sure to enhance the delicious flavor of the squirrel. You can also try pairing it with an earthy Chardonnay, a fruity Merlot, or even a dry white wine. Squirrel is a delicious and underrated meat, but it goes particularly well with red wine.
Is wine really necessary with squirrel?
No wine is not necessary with squirrel but it can help to enhance the flavors of the dish.
What type of wine should I use with squirrel?
A light-bodied red wine or white wine pairs well with squirrel.
Which wines do not pair well with squirrel?
Wines that are high in tannins such as cabernet sauvignon do not pair well with squirrel.
How do I know if a wine is high in tannins?
Wines that are high in tannins tend to be more full-bodied and have a more astringent taste.
I don’t like wine what can I drink with squirrel instead?
If you don’t like wine you can try pairing squirrel with a cider or beer.
What cider do you recommend with squirrel?
A dry cider such as Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider pairs well with squirrel.
What beer do you recommend with squirrel?
A brown ale such as New Belgium Brewing’s Fat Tire pairs well with squirrel.
I want to try a sparkling wine with squirrel.
Will that work?
Yes a sparkling wine such as Prosecco pairs well with squirrel.
What is your favorite wine to pair with squirrel?
I like to pair squirrel with a light-bodied red wine such as a pinot noir.
What are some other food items that pair well with pinot noir?
Pinot noir pairs well with cheese charcuterie and other light meats.
I want to try a white wine with squirrel.
Which ones are best?
A white wine that is high in acidity such as a Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with squirrel.
What are some other food items that pair well with Sauvignon Blanc?
Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with shellfish salads and other light dishes.
I want to try a red wine with squirrel.
Which ones are best?
A light-bodied red wine such as a Beaujolais Nouveau pairs well with squirrel.
What are some other food items that pair well with Beaujolais Nouveau?
Beaujolais Nouveau pairs well with poultry pork and other light dishes.
What are some other wine and food pairings you recommend?
Here are some other recommended wine and food pairings:
-Riesling and Thai food
-Gewurztraminer and Indian food
-Zinfandel and BBQ
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.