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When you're asked to bring wine to a Ukrainian-themed dinner party, sometimes it takes a little research to find something appropriate. And by research, I, of course, mean drinking.
I had read that the doughy little potato bites known as pierogies were thought to pair well with a sweet, bubbly wine. With this knowledge, I bought a bottle of Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2009. Loaded with personality for only about $15 a bottle, this sparkler is generally a hit at parties. Thankfully, it was no exception this time.
The crisp acidity cut sharply and beautifully into the creaminess of the mashed potato stuffing and the butteriness from the pan searing. As a Moscato, the wine was decadently sweet and made a lovely addition to the flavor palate created by the pungent garlic and chives. It's one of those weird combinations that perhaps shouldn't work, but nevertheless does.