Pairing Wine With Unusual Game Meats

Here’s a fun way to learn about pairing wine with your dinner.  Recently you were asked on our facebook page a couple of trivia questions about the “Beverly Hillbillies”.  What kind of stew did Granny always make?  And, what wine would you pair with it?

  1. Rabbit
  2. Possum
  3. Beaver
  4. Squirrel

If you answered possum, you would be correct.  Believe this or not, opossum and raccoon were normal dinner meats until recent times.  The game was/is plentiful and cheap, unlike seasonal meats offered by the butcher.

Possum closely resembles dark meat chicken, but can be gammy if not carefully prepared. Now, pairing a possum meal with wine can be wide open.  As with nearly all pairings, the wine shouldn’t overpower the dish.  But, this is possum, so you might consider overpowering it….maybe by getting an early start on a bottle or two before dinner.  If for some reason you find yourself sober at the dinner bell, here’s the best positive spin we can put on it.  There are endless ways to prepare possum, and some might just be good.

There is no one right answer to the pairing question; however, a white wine would be our overall suggestion.  Here are a few other possible choices when you find yourself sitting down to dinner with your hillbilly inlaws.

  1. Bold tomato dishes need a bold wine.  Possum in a hearty tomato and pasta dish might pair well with  Merlot.
  2. Chardonnay will pair well with possum in a light cream sauce.
  3. If the possum is baked to a golden brown, with butter and herbs, select a good Sauvignon Blanc.

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