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.
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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.