So what wine goes with cooked or grilled ramps? That largely depends on the main course. Sauvignon blanc is an excellent pairing for ramps, especially if you are mixing them with veggies like asparagus, green beans or broccoli and pasta.
2010 Remy Pannier Vouvray ($15) -- This lovely chenin blanc from the Loire region of France can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with brunch foods such as omelets, roasted vegetables or creamy salads. It has just a touch of sweetness and is very well-balanced with flavors of tropical fruits.
2010 Buil & Gine' Joan Gine Blanco ($26) -- This rustic white wine from Spain's Priorat region is round and ripe with just a touch of (good) funkiness. Anyway, this blend of mostly grenache blanc is a complex wine with orange rind and lemon peel flavors, and great minerality to balance the finish. Excellent accompaniment to roast cod or Chilean sea bass in a lemon butter sauce, with a few sautéed ramps on the side.
2011 Domaine Sorin Cotes de Provence Rose ($15) -- What a delicious strawberry and cherry flavored wine from the southern Rhone. Excellent fruit, slightly orange color and ripe -- yet dry -- flavors, this wine will make a great porch sipper or a nice match with grilled sausages.
2010 Santa Rita 120 Carmenere (($12) -- This semi-obscure red from Chile is a smooth, medium-bodied alternative to cabernet sauvignon or merlot. Blackberry flavors and mocha tones give this wine just enough body to marry well with roasted pork tenderloin.
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