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Concha y Toro 24/06/2015

Wine and Serrano Ham

How to pair Serrano ham with wine? Massimo Leonori, Concha y Toro’s sommelier, explains what should be taken into consideration when combining wine with this ham.

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How to pair Serrano ham with wine? Massimo Leonori, Concha y Toro’s sommelier, explains what should be taken into consideration when combining wine with this ham.

Serrano ham is one of the most characteristic Spanish foods and also one of the most consumed. It can often be found in cheese and charcuterie platters, but it is also commonly used in more complex preparations. Its traditional production method gives it a very special flavor that can be enhanced if accompanied with the right wine.

“Pairing Serrano ham, as with other types of charcuterie, is not simple,” says Massimo Leonori, Concha y Toro’s sommelier in Pirque. “It has a high concentration of salt, which would be enhanced with highly acidic wines. Furthermore, the fat on the ham requires a wine with firm tannins, but also with soft structure and intense fruit because it is still a plate of delicate flavor.”

jamon serrano + botellaFor these reasons, our sommelier recommends excluding acid and vibrant white wines from the coastal area and choosing a soft and fruity red or a rosé. “I suggest Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir and País Cinsault. Also, Casillero del Diablo Carmenere or Rosé.”

And you, what wines do you suggest to accompany Serrano ham?