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Stuffed Portuguese Peppers and an the Arinto Grape

This month the Wine Pairing Weekend writers are diving into pairings with grapes varieties that are new to us. This is a relatively easy challenge as I am a novice in grape varietals. The varietal I chose is found in Portugal, and I am serving these Portugal-type stuffed peppers as my pairing.

To make them more "Portuguese" I added chouriço to the dish.  This is a sausage that is a lot like chorizo but has significantly less paprika and more garlic and black pepper.  You will notice the difference.  We are eating fewer carbohydrates these days, so we don't add rice to our mixture, but you will find more rice-stuffed peppers in Portugal, along with a splash of Portuguese wine.

I chose to serve this delicious dish with Marques de Borba Colheita Branco which is a white blend mostly consisting of the Arinto grape, which is the new-to-me grape I chose to explore.  Arinto is an indigenous grape to Portugal.  The flavor profile is grapefruit, lemon, and hazelnut. It is a dry white that is medium-bodied. It goes well with spicy food and seafood.

Our peppers were a bit spicy due to the sausage, but oh so delicious with the wine.  The Colheita Branco cut through the spicy, fatty meats and allowed the sweetness of the red and yellow pepper shine.  It did not add a lot to the green pepper, but it still mellowed out the spice.  The wine has a naturally high acidity which adds a nice contrast to the heat of the dish.

Check out these other beautiful new-to-me grapes from other WinePW writers:

Would you like to comment?

  1. It's been a while since I've had a wine made from Arinto. You post is a reminder of how much I enjoy the grape! Nice pairing Terri!

  2. Portugal is a great go-to for native grapes. Pairing sounds spot-on!

  3. Sounds like a winning pairing and a delicious dinner.

  4. Those peppers look filling and delicious. I don't know if I have ever had an Arinto. I will keep an eye out. Thanks for joining the event this weeknd. Cheers, Terri.


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