What wine would you pair with chanterelles?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What wine would you pair with chanterelles?

—Rob, Oregon

Dear Rob,

Mushrooms are a terrific pairing for many wines, and there are lots of directions you can take it. My usual wine-and-food pairing advice applies here: think about either matching or contrasting flavors, weights and textures, and balancing the intensity of both the dish and the wine.

Chanterelles complement the earthy, savory, forest floor tones in some Pinot Noirs and Syrah-based wines. But if they're sautéed in butter, I’d pair them with a rich Chardonnay or Viognier. If grilled, you can reach for a dry rosé or even a Zinfandel. And if you want to go the contrast route, reach for a crisp sparkling wine.

—Dr. Vinny

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