Ahh artichokes. Delicious, but the bane of many a wine pairing. Because artichokes can be tricky to pair with wine, they make an excellent dish to serve at a wine tasting party. When you want to understand the relationship between wine and food, this tricky pairing will become very pronounced, very quickly, due to the presence of cynarin. This compound makes what you taste seem sweet.
If your savoury dish makes everything else taste sweet, you are at risk of turning all of your wines into Apothic Red, which might be what you’d like, but definitely isn’t for everyone.
My personal preference for pairing artichokes with wine is to go with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. They tend to be dry, high acid wines, with pronounced green grass notes and a general vegetal characteristic. If you’ve heard of the wine “Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry Bush” the bottle name isn’t random, it’s a fairly accurate descriptor of the flavour profile.
YUCK, you might be thinking. But no, it’s actually a solid wine flavour profile!
That is a two second lesson in wine pairing for a tricky food. When you want to learn how wines react pairing with different foods, artichokes will give you that experience!
What follow are our favourites:
Artichoke Recipes To Make Your Next Wine Tasting Interesting
Perfectly Cooked Artichokes by Savory Tooth
Instant Pot Chicken Artichoke Soup with Wild Rice by Feasting At Home
Baked Stuffed Artichokes by Simply Recipes
Chicken Artichoke Olive Skillet by Running To The Kitchen
Shrimp Artichoke Soup by The Organic Kitchen
Italian Stuffed Artichokes by Garlic And Zest
Spinach Artichoke Hummus by Cook Nourish Bliss
Hot Spinach And Artichoke Dip by Zesty Olive
Skillet Spinach Bacon Artichoke Dip by Cafe Delites
Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Recipe by Cookie And Kate
Artichoke Pizza by Wholesome Yum
Teriyaki Grilled Artichokes with Sriracha Dipping Sauce by Hungry Hobby
Roman Style Fried Artichokes with Herb Mayonnaise by Eat Little Bird
Parmesan Artichoke Chicken by Honey and Birch
Pan Seared Cod with Artichokes and Capers by Delicious Obsessions
Artichoke Pasta Salad by Taste And Tell Blog
Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken Thighs by Cafe Delites
Panzanella Artichoke And Olives by Kitchen Confidante
Spinach Artichoke Chicken Salad by Wonky Wonderful
Artichoke Gratin Toasts by Smitten Kitchen