Pairing advice… chicken in plums

We have friends coming at the weekend and the main dish for lunch will be ‘chicken in plums and sweet spice’ (a Honey &. Co recipe).

I’m thrown for a white to serve with it, the plums and spice take this in a different direction to normal roast chicken, and suggest something sweeter maybe, but quite full.

In no particular order I’ve got available:

  • Boxler Pinot Gris, 2015
  • Donnhoff Spatlese 2009
  • Prum Spatlese 2015
  • Prum Auslese 2012
  • Huet Demi-Sec 2010
  • Huet Moelleux 2005
  • Pieropan Rocca 2018

Also various Rhône whites (Beaucastel, Chapoutier Chante-Alouette, Exhibition Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe) but I’m thinking they wouldn’t pair with the sweet spice. Same for chardonnay (Kumeu River, Jean-Marc Vincent burgundy, Exhibition St-Aubin).

I’m tending towards the Huet Moelleux at the moment…but would love some collective wisdom!

Prum Spatlese for me thanks :yum:


I’m not sure how sweet that dish would finish up - there’s quite a bit of vinegar that would mask some of the sugar, and plums can be quite tart too. Anyway, on balance I’d go for the PG

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I’d second the PG. It feels like you’d need off-dry, not sweet/medium-sweet.


Yes. You often hear the advice that the wine you drink must be sweeter than the food, but I think that only applies to desserts

Thanks, I appreciate the input! I’ll try the Pinot Gris…

Looks like a tagine?

Unusually I might go for a full bodied rose - a rioja rosado or a decent cote de Provence. nothing red and tannic.

The dish will be packed with spice, fruit and quite sweet. Definitely make sure the chicken gets some caramelized edges

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Interesting thought! I didn’t have it on my original list but I have a bottle of the recent Lopez de Haro Rosado waiting to be drunk…

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On the other hand… Those chenin Blanc’s :slightly_smiling_face:


A lovely set of options you have there!

Sounds like the right answer to anything.

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Which did you try and how did it work out? The Pinot Gris would probably have been my choice but I might have put a couple of the sweeter wines in the fridge and actually paired when I have tasted the sauce…

Reporting back at the end of a very fine lunch…

I didn’t manage to get a photo of the various dishes before they were served, but as you can see from my overfull plate there was salmon-en-croute as well, and I nabbed a bit of that, plus three really good veggie side dishes.

And the wine? I went for the Boxler Pinot Gris, Sommerberg W, 2015, which worked brilliantly. Drinking beautifully, really rich and full. My second bottle this year, and it’s developing depth and a hint of sherry. Powerful, with a hint of sweetness. Not something to drink by itself, but it was a fabulous pairing for the food we had. @SteveSlatcher was absolutely right that the sweetness of the sauce was balanced by the vinegar. I had spatlese on standby, but I the pinot gris was just right. In particular the pinot gris has a richer mouthfeel which really worked with a plate of food like this.

Thank you for the guidance!