Recipe by The Laughing Table
When most people (myself included) think of ‘Old World’ wine, they think of Italy and France. While there is no arguing the centuries-long history there, the earliest evidence found when tracing the origin of wine production actually goes back to what is now Georgia in the Middle East.
From there, the craft traveled south to Armenia and Iran, eventually spreading west to Egypt, Greece and Italy, and so on and so forth, all the way to the western coast of the United States.
Why the history lesson? Well, given the region’s rich history in wine production (and consumption), it should come as no surprise that Middle Eastern cuisine pairs famously with wine.
Case in point: The Laughing Table’s Iraqi Stuffed Onions with Lamb and Couscous. With their combination of sweet spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, along with savory lamb and cumin, these stuffed onions cry out for a glass of wine that will further enhance the complex and delectable flavor profile.
Wines to pair with this dish:
Varietals like Mourvedre and Grenache pair famously with the sweet and savory spices of Middle Eastern cuisine. Commonly blended with Syrah in the Southern French regions of the Languedoc and the Rhone Valley, you really cannot go wrong with a bottle selected from one of these areas.
Try a similar blend from the Spanish regions of Montsant and Priorat, or stay domestic with a single-varietal Mourvedre or a blend in the same vein.